Inspiring performances, great company, tea, coffee and cake on Wednesday mornings throughout the year.
It is a tantalising challenge each year to find musicians up to the standard demanded by Sydney’s foremost niche chamber music series – Musica Viva’s Coffee Concerts. This has been a breeze for 2017 because every concert will be performed by our nation’s preeminent chamber musicians, the Goldner String Quartet.
The Goldners have been proving their incomparable value to Australian musical life for the past 22 years. Only once before, in 2012, did we devote an entire year of Coffee Concerts to these splendid musicians, which proved to be one of the most popular years since the series began.
They are joined in the middle of the year by renowned Australian pianist Piers Lane, to mount the magnificent but rarely performed Piano Quintet of Borodin. The year closes with enormous élan by the addition of virtuoso cellist Umberto Clerici, so the Goldners can present one of the great pinnacles of the repertoire, Schubert’s peerless String Quintet.
The rest of the season covers, as usual, an enticing array of repertoire, a healthy helping of Beethoven and a little enclave of Australian gems for two players in the second concert of the year. Coffee and cake have rarely been so well adorned.
Carl Vine AO
Artistic Director, Musica Viva