Join us for a spectacular 2018 Concert Season
Cosmic beginnings, artistic brilliance, powerful drama and the beauty of dreams and childhood. Our 2018 season will amaze and astound you as we look deeply at where we are in time and place. We have music that grows from a singularity, music that expresses the most sublime aspects of humanity, music that expresses the exact opposite and a season finale that will remind you of the innocence and wonderment of our childhood. ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst is one of the most enduring and popular pieces ever written and perfectly complements our excursion into beginnings – cosmological beginnings with Chris Pantelidis’ exposition of the big bang ‘The Everywhere Stretch’, spiritual beginnings with Joseph Haydn’s musical setting of ‘The Creation’ and humanistic beginnings by who else but Mozart and his first symphony written at age eight.
Four soloists will amaze you with their artistry as they compete in our Concerto Competition and we join forces with Lyric Opera Central Coast to present a fully staged production of Puccini’s Tosca, always a finalist for the world’s most loved opera. To conclude our season we team with GCS Dance for a fully staged production of a perennial favourite, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet.
2018 Concert Series
CONCERT ONE – COSMIC DAWN
Saturday 7 April 2018, 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School
Beginnings – the big bang, the creation, the dawn of humanity. Then to infinity and beyond! Our fantastic musical voyage through time and space takes us from Haydn’s The Creation and Pantelidis’ The Everywhere Stretch to the eight-year old Mozart’s first symphony and then to the outer universe through Holst’s enduringly popular orchestral suite The Planets, a cinematic feast that has inspired sci-fi composers for generations. Professor Fred Watson is our guide and Cosmic Dawn is our soundtrack!
CONCERT TWO – PRODIGIES
Sunday 24 June 2018, 2:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School
Prodigies – our next generation. Four talented soloists will present their virtuosic skills in our biennial Concerto Competition, all aiming to impress with consummate mastery and sublime artistry. Cheer on our soloists as they amaze you with their brilliance, superb technique, and focussed determination.
CONCERT THREE – TOSCA
Saturday 7:30pm October 6th and Sunday 2:30pm October 7th 2018, at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School
The kiss of Tosca is not with lips but with a weapon. A brutal and treacherous man is exposed and Tosca must choose her response carefully to save herself and her lover. How a woman desperately seeks an answer to a man’s corrupt manipulation and betrayal has never been more relevant on the operatic stage.
CONCERT FOUR – THE NUTCRACKER BALLET
Sunday 2 December 2018, 2:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School
Christmas simply would not be Christmas without The Nutcracker ballet. Come and experience a fantastic adventure with a little girl called Clara as she drifts off to sleep on Christmas Eve. In her dreams, she meets her Prince, is confronted by a battle of larger-than-life mice and rats, and is whisked into the scrumptious land of sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. With a story lifted straight from the pages of a classic fairy tale, Tchaikovsky’s music will transport you to a land of dreams. A Christmas treat for all the family!