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Heads up: Double Entendre – Friday 6, June

Double Entendre
The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Dahlenburg, is joined by musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) to present masterworks for double orchestra, on Friday 6 June 2014 at ANAM—South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank Street, South Melbourne 3205.
Standard tickets $59. Book on http://www.anam.com.au / 03 9645 7911.
The concert features Doretta Balzikas as violin soloist in works by young, local lion of the piano Peter de Jager and ‘veteran’ Australian composer, Gordon Kerry. Also on the program are Frank Martin’s Polyptyque, for violin and two small string orchestras and Tippet’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra.
A satisfyingly modern program, it will be interesting to hear how de Jager’s work, Fugue, Forest, Chorale and Toccata stands up against Kerry’s Music for Double Chamber Orchestra and the older Martin and Tippett works. Kerry is reliably audience-friendly and intelligent in his writing and de Jager is still, it must be said, an early career composer.
De Jager is a consummate musician, as many Melbourne concert-goers would well know. Indeed, he is showcasing his accompanying skills in a performance with Jessica Aszodi at the Melbourne Recital Centre on June 13. Together they are giving a cabaret recital—The Songbook Continues—introducing new American art-song works alongside hits from Weill and Broadway, including Aszodi singing Whatever Lola Wants. At least I assume (hope) she will! De Jager has been known to sing, but Aszodi has the goods to carry this hottest of torch songs off.

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