7:30pm 21 May, 2019
QPAC Concert Hall
Part of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, English Baroque with Circa is a thrilling collision of contemporary circus and music from the English Baroque.
Having previously collaborated to devise acclaimed shows around French and Spanish music, Brandenburg Artistic Director Paul Dyer and Circa Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz have created devised a brand-new show to conceptualise the English Baroque in an explosive and exhilarating coalescence of music and circus.
“Working with Paul is always an amazing adventure,” said Yaron. “He brings talent and energy and joy to everything he does and his spirit is manifested in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Ours are always meetings of great delight.”
“On one enchanted night, the worlds of the court, the bedroom, the chapel and the fairground all get bathed in magical moonlight,” Yaron added. “Playful, lyrical and rambunctious, the show brings the different worlds of the English Baroque together for a night of beauty and pleasure.”
The musicians will play a pasticcio created by Paul and Yaron that brings together music from 16th and 17th-century England by composers Purcell, Dowland, Corelli and Handel, as well as traditional tunes such as Scarborough Fair and The Garan Mother’s Lullaby.
Joining the musicians and circus artists onstage will be ARIA Award-nominated soprano Jane Sheldon, who first sang on the Brandenburg stage as a teenager. Jane has recently returned to live in Australia after a decade living and working in New York, and last sang with the orchestra during its 25th anniversary celebrations.