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Sonic Beethoven was an exuberant evening of sublime chamber music and the perfect way to unwind last Friday night.
"Sonic Beethoven was a thoroughly enjoyable evening where centuries-old Beethoven met with vibrant and refreshing contemporary Australian works. Jonathan [Henderson] and Alex [Raineri] dazzled, presenting the varied, dynamic scope of the flute-piano duo. They were met with rapturous applause. We then had a glass of wine and chatted with the artists before heading out into the cold Brisbane night."
Contra Concerts has established a niche, and a following. We look forward to more offerings with imaginative programming, well-chosen venues, and superb musicianship.
"Engaging, entertaining, memorable."
A new chamber music series offers an intelligent, beautifully played program in a glorious heritage venue.
"If this is the standard and quality of work that Contra Concerts can produce in only its second concert of its inaugural season, then we are in for a real treat in any future series. This is a chamber music series to watch"
BACH OUT LOUD
Contra Concerts' debut series started in Brisbane with a delightful curated concert of pieces by J.S. Bach. The intimate setting in the quaint space of the Holy Trinity Church Hall, with its beautiful high wooden ceiling, allows a closeness to the musicians which means the pieces can be enjoyed almost as the composer would have envisioned.
"This elegant one-hour salon programme was perfect for a cool Friday night and a great way to shake off the working week to focus instead on beautiful music. Bach's knack for melody and sweet melancholy make this short programme a perfect introduction for listeners new to classical music – while the curated compositions represent a chronological choice of pieces that build in sonic complexity, which will please the aficionados in the crowd."