Fine Music 102.5 presents Live from Sydney Town Hall, a gala of some Australia’s most renowned musicians in a live free concert on Saturday 18 July, celebrating 40 years of FM broadcasting in Sydney.
A talented gathering of musicians and ensembles have been confirmed for the concert covering a range of styles and genres that reflect the diversity of music played on-air. There will be a world premiere piece performed by The Omega Ensemble with singer Jane Sheldon, part of a new chamber symphony to be performed later in the year.
Along with the live performances, Fine Music 102.5 radio presenters will be hosting segments, interviewing special guests in attendance on the day and holding vox- pops in the audience – all being broadcast on the radio.
Special guest musicians will present performances of 20 minutes each, including; Frances Madden and Band, Nexas Trio, Acacia Quartet, Duo Histoire, Omega Ensemble with Jane Sheldon, Alicia Crossley and friends and the incredible young pianist Kevin Fan.
“This event sounds like it will be a highlight of 2015! I’ve never performed at the Town Hall so that will be a buzz. Also, there are so many amazing ensembles performing, it will be a great way to hear some good music and catch-up with other musicians.” said former Kruger Scholarship recipient, awarded by Fine Music 102.5 in 2013, Nick Russoniello.
One half of Duo Histoire, Russoniello says Fine Music 102.5 has been so supportive of his music that he views his performance on the day, with guitarist Murilo Tanouye, as a way to say “thank you”.
In terms of what audiences can expect from Duo Histoire’s performance, Russoniello says: “This is a special ensemble for audiences as this combination is extremely rare. There is basically no other saxophone and classical guitar duo in the world that plays the repertoire we play. I’m really looking forward to performing some of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires at the Town Hall. Murilo and I formed the
duo based on a mutual love of Piazzolla’s music, so for us playing this music will be like going back to our roots”.
True to its passion for presenting new Australian works and beautiful music that’s rarely heard, Acacia Quartet will perform Gershwin’s gentle Lullaby alongside Joe Twist’s groovy Dancing With Somebody on stage at Fine Music Live from Sydney Town Hall.
“Acacia just love to perform and share our music so the chance to play at Sydney’s majestic Town Hall – for both radio and walk up audiences – is very exciting! Plus as Fine Music’s Artists-in-Resident and media partners it’s a great opportunity for Acacia to give something back to this amazing organisation,” said the group.
“We also hope lots of people who wouldn’t normally listen to classical music or go to classical concerts will become Fine Music fans too.”
Hosting the event at Town Hall are presenters Michael Morton–Evans and Simon Moore. Roving reporters are actor and presenter Andrew Bukenya along with well-known TV anchor and jazz singer, Whitney Fitzsimmons.