Rediscovered Voices is the title of Peter’s first concerts for 2022. Soirées Musicales presents two performances of this program, on Friday 13 May at 7.30pm and Sunday 15 May at 4pm. The Chambers at Somerville House in South Brisbane provides the ideal venue.
This ensemble’s performances are distinctive for the combination of elegant music and fine heritage venues. Accordingly, audiences greatly appreciate the synergy of music and architecture from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The group, comprising four singers and pianist, is also well-known for both its creative thematic programming and engaging presentation style.
Music by women composers from France, Germany, America and England is the focus of this special program. Though duly acknowledged during their lifetimes, each has been neglected until relatively recently. Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Liza Lehmann each forged a unique creative path, against the odds of patriarchal dominance in the arts and society.
Soirées Musicales Quintette performs songs, duets, vocal quartets and piano pieces composed between the 1830s and the outbreak of World War One. Most of these works have not been previously heard in Brisbane concerts. The ‘Nonsense songs from Alice in Wonderland’, a song-cycle for four voices based on Lewis Carroll’s renowned fantasy novel, will be a particular highlight.