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Chopin's Piano with Aura Go

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8 Nov - 24 Nov 2021

In the winter of 1838-9 Frédéric Chopin – along with his lover, the brilliant and pioneering writer George Sand – hunkered down in a former monastery in Majorca, determined to complete the set of 24 Preludes he had picked away at since 1836. 

The story of the primitive local instrument on which Chopin completed this great monument of the Romantic piano literature is key to this unique collaboration between director Richard Pyros, a yet to be announced actor, and pianist Aura Go – a Musica Viva FutureMaker, equipped with an astonishing palette and imagination.

Drawing on an inspiring cast of real-life characters set amongst a complete performance of the Preludes, these three artists trace the rich history and ultimate fate of the Majorcan piano, in a dramatic mix of words and music, adapted from Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano. Their performance underlines the sheer originality of the Preludes, the enduring power of Chopin, and the changing nature of his music over time. 


Program to include:

CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28  (1835-39)

To our Ensemble Patrons Stephen and Michele Johns and Anonymous for their support of this tour.

And to our Concert Champions:

  • Don and Veronica Aldridge (Adelaide)
  • The Hon Justice A Philippides (Brisbane)
  • Ray Turner and Jennifer Seabrook, and Monica Lim and Konfir Kabo (Melbourne)
  • Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey, and Kay Vernon (Sydney)
  • Robert and Lindy Henderson (Newcastle)
  • Prichard Panizza Family (Perth)
  • Dr Sue Packer (Canberra)

Talking Chopin with Aura Go

Learn more about the pianist Aura Go in this recorded conversation with Artistic Director Paul Kildea. Together they discuss the palette of colours open to pianists, her unusual musical beginnings, and her artistic process when approaching repertoire.

The Australian Book Review Podcast

Artistic Director, Paul Kildea recently spoke with Peter Rose from the Australian Book Review about Musica Viva and Benjamin Britten. Listen to the podcast below.

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