Music in the Round returns for 2018

Rose Riebl and Chris Howlett - photo by Cat BlackThe Abbotsford Convent will once again come to life with classical music this spring, thanks to the return of Music in the Round on Sunday 9 September 2018.

A favourite on the annual classical music calendar, this day-long program provides a rare opportunity to hear preeminent classical musicians perform intimate concerts in the Abbotsford Convent’s stunning spaces.

Presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation with Artistic Director Chris Howlett, Howlett said this year’s program delivers Australian and contemporary works alongside festival classics. “Music in the Round 2018 brings an exciting new program with a great line up of brilliant artists,” he says.

“This September sees such luminaries as Stephen McIntyre and Kristian Chong teacher and student, continuing a strong friendship Kristian has gone on to create a fantastic career from the guidance of early days with his teacher.”

“Rosie Riebl and I have just returned from China having reconnected from our early days at Australian National Academy of Music, we look forward to performing at this fabulous one day event and will be heading on an Asian tour in 2019.”

“The exciting Baroque trio Latitude 37 drawn together by their passion for historically informed performances of 16th, 17th and 18th century music, will perform high end baroque in the most modern of spaces.”

“Foremost musician pianist Daniel de Borah Melbourne born musician recently moved to Brisbane will be making his  Music in the Round debut, and superstar Christian Li, the youngest ever joint Junior 1st prize winner at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Geneva, a most sought after artist, this is a great lineup of truly great artists.”

“From Schubert to Schumann, Gershwin to Bach, audiences can curate their own concert experience, with the stunning spaces of the Abbotsford Convent providing the perfect backdrop to outstanding performances,” adds Howlett.

Abbotsford Convent Foundation CEO, Collette Brennan, said the free outdoor component of Music in the Round that takes place for a whole day provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy classical music in a relaxed environment.

“We are thrilled to again welcome and present Music in the Round,” says Brennan. This programme provides an accessible way for diverse audiences to experience classical music, with our complimentary outdoor program catering for children through to adults of all ages wishing to enjoy beautiful music in our stunning surrounds.

“We’re delighted to share an exciting program of classical music with lovers of this genre, as well as those who have had little or no experience of classical music over one big day at the Convent.”

Music in the Round
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Event: Sunday 9 September 2018 (10.30am – 5.45pm)
Information and Bookings: www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au

Image: Rose Riebl and Chris Howlett – photo by Cat Black

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