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Trio Event Charitably Breaks New Ground
The Swiss Global Artistic Foundation broke new ground recently by organising the first event with amateur musicians in its ten year history.
But these were amateur musicians with a difference -- they are three eminent members of the medical and educational professions in Lausanne, Professors Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen flute, François Spertini viola and Jean-Paul Dépraz cello.
Please click the underlined date for further information and photographs, and please see the 4 December Events article to view the concert programme.
Medical Consultants in Concert for Children's Charity
Swiss Global will present a recital by a trio made up of three of the most eminent members of Lausanne's medical profession: Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen flute, François Spertini viola and Jean-Paul Dépraz cello. The three consultants are avid music makers in the limited time available to them away from their busy professional activities, and we are honoured that they have agreed to perform for the first time in public under the Foundation's auspices, in aid of a children's charity. The programme will include music by Roussel, Giordani and von Call, and our public relations advisor, Michael Green, will give a short talk on the life and achievements of the French composer Albert Roussel, now the subject of much renewed public interest.
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House Concert at World Headquarters
Friends of the Foundation were treated to a House Concert at the Swiss Global World Headquarters in Montreux, Switzerland this past Monday evening. Young Artist Amir Farid piano, on the Foundation's official Bösendorfer instrument, performed solo Iranian music and accompanied Matthew Garrett tenor in a collection of arias and works of American musical theatre. Collaborative artist Rachel Kolly d'Alba violin performed works of Debussy and Ravel with Mr Farid at the piano.
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Geoffrey Simon in November
Swiss Global Artistic Director Geoffrey Simon conducted three concerts in November:
In a second concert with this orchestra, on Friday, November 14, Mr Simon and Swiss Global presented for the first time in Australia the brilliant young Korean violinist, Hahn-Bin.
On Sunday, 23 November, Geoffrey Simon and Barry Conyngham presented the Hong Kong premiere of Cala Tuent with the Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong, at a concert which featured one of the Foundation's young artists in a concerto performance.
Please click the underlined date to view the concert programmes, as well as a special letter from soloist Hahn-Bin to Foundation Director Heather de Haes.
Swiss Global Recitals in London
At the Arts Club in Dover Street, London, in association with Merrill Lynch, Swiss Global was pleased to present three highly talented young artists, Amir Farid piano, Laurence Meikle baritone and Claire Jones harp.
Schwizgebel-Wang Debuts with London Philharmonic
Conyngham's New Work Premieres in Majorca
In October, Swiss Global had the privilege of sponsoring a unique concert event at Bellver Castle in Majorca, Spain, where a work by Advisory Board member Barry Conyngham was premiered by the Orquestra Sinfònica de Balears "Ciutat de Palma". Commissioned by Patron Don Pedro Serra, this new work was inspired by a remote and stunningly beautiful bay on Majorca's northwest coast, namely Cala Tuent. Geoffrey Simon conducted and guitarist Jacob Cordover performed as soloist. A prize-winner from the Australian Music Foundation, guitarist Jacob Cordover is active in the full range of classical guitar repertoire, as well as contemporary and 19th century music.
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Athenaeum Club Hosts Cellist Sol Gabetta
The 4th Annual Playhouse Project Benefit Concert
A capacity crowd assembled in East Hampton, New York, the evening of 14 June for the 4th Annual Playhouse Project Benefit Concert, a Swiss Global collaborative event that raises funds to support, develop and implement performing arts programmes for the benefit of South Fork students. The wood-paneled grand salon of the Playhouse provided an elegant venue for the important musical event, featuring the eminent American pianist Awadagin Pratt, winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition, Croatian guitarist Robert Belinić (pictured left), a 2002 Young Concert Artists winner, and winners of the Elizabeth Brockman Awards in Classical Music (including Nell Shaw Cohen composer, pictured right). The programme included works of Bach, Mozart, Couperin and Gibbons.
Please click the underlined date to read the full article, and visit the Press section for the newspaper review.
Vivaldi "Gloria": A Choral/Orchestral Workshop
As part of its continued partnership with the Playhouse Project of East Hampton, New York, on 14 June Swiss Global participated in an afternoon Workshop Rehearsal of Vivaldi's Gloria. The open rehearsal, led by Artistic Director Geoffrey Simon, was intended to bring together communities of audience and student and professional artists, and to illuminate the process of bringing a masterpiece of strings and chorus before the public. Students from the South Fork and members of the Choral Society of the Hamptons participated in the event, having previously developed the Gloria under the guidance of their own music directors. The outdoor setting of the Playhouse, an American locale of exceptional idyllic beauty, served to enhance the creative and festive atmosphere.
4th Annual Playhouse Project Master Class
Playhouse Project of East Hampton, New York presented its 4th Annual Master Class for South Fork students on 22 and 23 May. The event was expanded to two days in response to overflowing demand, and more than 50 student musicians and composers ages 12-19 participated. For the past three years, Playhouse Project has collaborated with Swiss Global in presenting this event, with Artistic Director Geoffrey Simon and Founder and Director Heather de Haes leading the classes. Australian guitarist and Swiss Global Young Artist Simon Powis (pictured right) performed for the students at the close of both days. Special prizes will be awarded to outstanding student performers at a musical event on 14 June.
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Annual Soirée at Christie's
In what has become a tradition with Swiss Global, this month featured the annual Soirée at Christie's. The world-renowned auction house opened its Great Rooms to an elegant evening of vocal and instrumental works, including varied scenes from operas and a flute sonata of Poulenc. The musical programme was augmented by the gifted British jazz pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock, who performed a work of his own composition as well as accompany the singers. The oversold event preceded the esteemed Old Masters' Sale.
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Glion Revisited at Jours des Arts V
For four days in April, Swiss Global returned to the picturesque mountaintop town of Glion, Switzerland, high in the Alps, for an encore presentation of Impressionist music and art. Entitled Jours des Arts V: Impressionism and Beyond, Swiss Global's signature festival gave eager audience members a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds! In addition to the many Friends of the Foundation who live locally, we were pleased to welcome our featured guests, the Australian tour group of Alumni Travel, led by Len Amadio. With jaw-dropping views of Lake Geneva from the salons and dining room of Hotel Victoria, the guests were treated to international performers and speakers representing the United States, Australia and many countries of Europe.
Within the Impressionism theme, Debussy and Ravel naturally featured prominently in the recitals and discussions, though a range of composers from the pre- and post-Impressionist periods were also explored. Musicians included harpist Isabelle Perrin, flutist Clément Dufour, pianists Jay Gottlieb and Stephen Delaney, soprano Elizabeth Bailey, tenors Matthew Garrett and Sean Ruane and baritone David Borloz.
Lecturers, covering topics spanning visual art, music, architecture and history, included composer Prof. Emeritus Barry Conyngham, musicologist Dr Peter Tregear, journalist Michael Green and art dealers Richard Philp and Rebecca Hossack. Ms Hossack's enlightening lecture on Impressionism in Aboriginal art was particularly exciting. The elegant, multi-course dining experience was further enhanced, not only by the impressive wine list, but in the evenings, by serenades performed by tenors Matthew Garrett and Sean Ruane with pianist Stephen Delaney.
Please click the underlined date to see the programme. To read about Jours des Arts IV, also in Glion, please click here.