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What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon – than listening to classical music as you sip a glass of wine and take in the sunset over beautiful Lake Tuggeranong at Tuggeranong Arts Centre's Mini Festival of Classical music on Sunday 2 June 2019.

Hear some of Canberra’s finest up and coming young musicians in the opening concert (3.30-4.30pm) followed by the main concert (5.00pm) featuring the celebrated New England Ensemble and guests performing a program of classical favourites including Saint-Saëns’ delightfully witty Carnival of the Animals.

Pre-show drinks will be available in the Lodge overlooking Lake Tuggeranong from 3pm.



3.30pm – Rising Young Stars Concert

Photo: Ella Ryan will play harp solos by Debussy, Dussek and Watkins as well as collaborating with oboist Zoe Loxley Slump in a selection of oboe and harp duos.

Get into the mood with an hour of beautiful music performed by outstanding young musicians from the ANU School of Music.

Program includes:

Dussek: Harp Sonata in C minor; Watkins: Fire Dance; Debussy Clair de lune

                                                                     -       Ella Ryan - Solo Harp

Dyens: Saudade No 3; Mangore: El Ultimo Tremolo

                                                                     -       Shane Campbell - Solo Guitar

Chopin: Variations in E Major; Miramontes: Duo for Oboe and Harp

                                              -       Zoe Loxley Slump - Oboe, Ella Ryan - Harp

Marcello: Sonata No 5 in C Major

                                             -       Robin Hall - Tuba,  Xiaodan Zhu - Piano

Photo: New England Ensemble feature in the main concert and will be joined by guest performers Edward Neeman (piano), Dorit Herskovits, (contrabass) and Christopher Carroll (narrator).

5.00pm – Carnival of the Animals - plus

A truly captivating program of classical favourites for music lovers and the whole family, the centerpiece of this concert is Camille Saint-Saëns’ ever popular Carnival of the Animals.

Saint-Saëns’ witty musical portraits of the various animals (and humans) will be accompanied by narration of Ogden Nash’s highly amusing, tongue in cheek poems in this version for strings and duo pianists.

In addition, Debussy’s delightful Petite Suite will be played in the seldom heard piano quintet version, as well as selections from Schubert’s Trout Quintet and more. Echoing the Tuggeranong Centre’s CONTRA theme for this year –the contrabass features throughout the program.



Photo: Edward Neeman, piano will collaborate with pianist Wendy Lorenz and other members of the new England Ensemble for the Carnival of the Animals.

Artists performing in the feature concert:

The New England Ensemble

The acclaimed New England Ensemble was Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of New England from 1975-1982 during which time it performed throughout Australia and the world, broadcasting for major radio networks including the BBC London, Sender Freies Berlin, Suisse Romande, NHK Japan, Singapore Radio and Television and many others. They commissioned and premiered many new works from Australian and international composers and released a number of successful commercial recordings.

Andrew Lorenz (violin), Robert Harris (viola), Janis Laurs (cello) and Wendy Lorenz (piano) were ambassadors for the New England region and UNE and forged a very loyal and supportive concert audience wherever they performed. The group has recently re-formed and are very much enjoying working together after pursuing highly successful individual careers during the intervening years.

And special guests

Dorit Herskovits, contrabass

Dorit’s music studies began in Sydney, including with the National Training Orchestra, and continued in Switzerland (early music at the Schola Cantorum in Basel) and Germany (modern double bass in Cologne and Berlin). She has served as Principal Double Bass and front-desk player with the Queensland Theatre Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and on USA and Italian tours with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. For eight years Dorit worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as Assistant Principal Bassist and as Principal, including on European and USA tours.

Edward Neeman, piano

The Australian-American pianist Edward Neeman has performed across five continents. Critics have lauded him as a “true artist” with “an excellent technique” who “isn’t afraid to put a distinctive stamp on whatever he touches, without resorting to mannerism.” A top prizewinner of numerous international piano competitions, including first prize in the Joaquín Rodrigo Competition in Madrid, second prize in the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition, and third prize in the World International Piano Competition, Dr. Neeman has appeared as a soloist with the Prague Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the American West Symphony with conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Alan Buribayev, Chen Lin, Ruben Gimeno, Enrique Perez Mesa, Nicholas Milton, Pascual Osa, and Vladimir Verbitsky.

Christopher Carroll, narrator

Christopher is an Irish theatre-artist based in Canberra. As an actor, he has worked with companies all over Ireland, and as artistic director of Bare Witness Theatre Company, creates physical theatre in ensembles and as a solo performer.

Christopher is a graduate of The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, and Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Described as “the master of the solo performance”(Canberra Critics’ Circle), Christopher has built a reputation as a daring and skilled creator of original one-man shows. His Butoh adaptation of Paradise Lost, called “a culturally shattering event” (City News), was developed during a five-week residency at Belconnen Arts Centre, before touring to Adelaide and Perth, where it was nominated for The West Australian Arts Editor Award and shortlisted for the Best Theatre award at Fringe World 2017. His Victorian blockbuster Early Grave, Fashionably Late sold-out at Smith’s Alternative after a week-long run at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne as part of their curated summer program in December 2016.

Since moving to Canberra in 2016, Christopher has also appeared in Everyman Theatre Company’s The Normal Heart at The Courtyard Studio; Body Ecology’s Anthems and Angels at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres; and most recently in The Mermaid, a performance art piece with his partner, Hanna Cormick, at the Art, Not Apart festival in New Acton. Together, they have been developing a large-scale work around illness and disability through The Hive script development program at The Street Theatre, with the mentorship of dramaturg Peter Matheson.

Photo: Xiaodan (Charlotte) Zhu will be playing the Sonata V in C by Bennedetto Marcello

Tickets Prices includes both concerts.

Adults $40
Students $25  
Under 12 years $15
Family of 4 $100 (includes 2 adults)


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