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UKARIA 2019 SEASON - TICKETS ON SALE NOW

At long last, our 2019 Season is here! If you’ve booked tickets with us before, you should by now have received your copy of the brochure in the mail. If you haven’t got one by Tuesday, please get in touch with us at info@ukaria.com and we’ll post one straight away. In the meantime, we’ll take you through some of the highlights.

WOMEN OF SONG - CURATED BY IAIN GRANDAGE



Helpmann award-winning composer Iain Grandage curates Women of Song, a new series showcasing Australia’s finest female vocalists, made possible by the Klein Family Foundation. The series features Missy Higgins (30 March), Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall (25 May), Ursula Yovich (15 June), and Meow Meow (26 October).
 
‘UKARIA has stories within its walls – a rapidly accumulating record of humanity and beauty from the concerts held within,’ curator Iain Grandage said. ‘Ulrike and all those who have helped create this shrine to music recognise the rewards of investment not only in the bricks-and-mortar of the venue but also in the musicians and artists who enliven it.’
 
Grandage, who curated Compassion: Chamber Landscapes in the 2018 Adelaide Festival and hosted James Crabb’s UKARIA 24 in 2017, will perform on cello and piano throughout the new series, as well as making arrangements specifically designed to complement UKARIA’s intimate acoustic.
 
‘The exceptional artists Iain has chosen for this new series not only represents a snapshot of Australia’s finest song writing talent, but also acknowledges the extraordinary contribution of Australian women in the arts,’ Klein Family Foundation Director Thora Klein said. ‘In their own unique way, all of these artists have shaped our sense of national identity. Storytelling through voice is what makes us uniquely human – it takes us on journeys and to places beyond the physical. These are voices that resonate with us all, making them a powerful force to inspire positive economic and social change, which makes the series a perfect fit for the Klein Family Foundation’s vision and strategic direction.’

‘These are creative artists at the peak of their powers, able to compose songs that distil complex ideas into radiant truths, and able to deliver them with immense heart and effortless brilliance,’ Grandage said.
 
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SPECIAL EVENT
QUATUOR ÉBÈNE




‘Quatuor Ébène are one of the world’s great quartets, but they’ve never travelled to Australia – until now. To have them at UKARIA has been a dream since I first heard them live in Europe some years ago.’
 
– Ulrike Klein AO
 
In 2014 New York’s Carnegie Hall secured Quatuor Ébène six years in advance to perform the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle in 2020, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. It sparked the idea of playing Beethoven around the world across five continents and eighteen countries – arguably one of the most ambitious concert tours ever undertaken.
 
They perform Beethoven’s String Quartet in G major, Op.18 No.2, followed by the Serioso and Harp quartets.

Monday 28 October | 7.30pm


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SPECIAL EVENT
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA




The Australian Chamber Orchestra will make their debut performance at UKARIA in a program of lively dances and ethereal reveries, exclusive to UKARIA and the Melbourne Recital Centre. On the program is Richard Meale’s Cantilena Pacifica, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, the Australian premiere of Viatore by leading Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, and Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.
 
‘I have been a loyal follower of the ACO for years, so it’s with a deep sense of pride that we present them at UKARIA for the first time, led by Richard Tognetti.’
 
– Ulrike Klein AO
 
Sunday 2 June | 2.30pm
 
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THE MAGIC HOUR



At UKARIA, light and landscape become participants in the creation of art, providing an ever-changing canvas upon which our musicians paint masterpieces in sound.
 
Listening to Anne Sofie von Ottter’s recital at twilight inspired us to invite Umberto Clerici (cello) and the Goldner String Quartet to curate a series of four concerts that commune with the shifting, fugitive qualities of light. Join the artists after each performance for a two-course dinner showcasing seasonal produce from the Adelaide Hills in a unique pairing of nature, food and wine.
 
Umberto Clerici with the Adelaide Chamber Singers | Saturday 27 April
Goldner String Quartet with Kathryn Stott | Saturday 20 July
Umberto Clerici with ANAM | Saturday 5 October
Goldner String Quartet | Saturday 9 November
 
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SUNDAY AFTERNOONS



Headlining our Sunday Afternoons series is British pianist Paul Lewis, who performs Beethoven’s monumental Diabelli Variations.

Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin returns for a very special solo recital, inspired by intimacy and landscape. 
 
Acclaimed UK-based a capella ensemble VOCES 8 present ‘Sing Joyfully’, a tapestry of the history of vocal music encompassing everything from Bach to Simon & Garfunkel.
 
In April, Dame Emma Kirkby, one of the greatest sopranos of our age, is joined by world-renowned lutenist Jakob Lindberg, and the acclaimed Parisian ensemble Trio Wanderer perform Dvořák’s Dumky and Rachmaninov’s Trio élégiaque in D minor, Op.9.
 
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MORNINGS WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET



The Australian String Quartet’s popular morning series returns with another four concerts on Friday mornings throughout the year, including Devonshire served prior to each performance from 10.00am.
 
Friday 22 February | 11.00am
Friday 17 May | 11.00am
Friday 13 September | 11.00am
Friday 13 December | 11.00am
 
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ADELAIDE FESTIVAL
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME: CHAMBER LANDSCAPES




The Adelaide Festival also launched its 2019 program this week. We’re delighted that the Cultural Centre will once against host Chamber Landscapes – this time curated by our very own Artistic Advisor, Genevieve Lacey (recorder).
 
Featuring ten concerts from Friday 8 – Monday 11 March, A Brief History of Time sets Western Early music, up to a millennium old, within the time-expanding universe of Indigenous music making, and finds a place for us to meet in contemporary Australia.
 
Day passes and single tickets to concerts and meals are available through BASS on the Adelaide Festival website, where you can also view the full program.
 
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ADELAIDE FESTIVAL
THIRTEEN DIFFERENT WAYS OF LOOKING AT BIRDS




Birds have fascinated poets for centuries, not just for their song and flight but as symbols: of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace, luck good and bad, and migration. And what better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air?
 
In a new song cycle commissioned by the 2019 Adelaide Festival from an idea by Anna Goldsworthy, Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger have written thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds.  Using the words of John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gwen Harwood, A.D. Hope and others, each poem is its own world – delicate and intimate at times, colossal and soaring at others, with all states in between.
 
Paul Kelly and James Ledger will be joined by celebrated piano trio Seraphim (Anna Goldsworthy – piano, Helen Ayres – violin and Tim Nankervis – cello) and singer-songwriter Alice Keath to create a unique marriage of electronics, acoustic instruments and the human voice, celebrating winged creatures from the barn owl to the nightingale, from the thornbill to the falcon, from the magpie to the swan.

The final creative development for this project was held at UKARIA in October.
 
Adelaide Town Hall

Friday 1 March | 7.30PM
Saturday 2 March | 7.30PM
 
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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
NICK WALES – KINETIC WONDERLAND




From 5–9 November, award winning Australian musician and composer Nick Wales will be in residence at UKARIA. The residency will be the first stage in the creative development of a new work entitled Kinetic Wonderland – a collaboration with Japanese kinetic sculptor artist Shun Ito. Their shared vision is to create a space of beauty, peace and wonder through music and visual art with immersion into the vibrations of the natural world.
 
Joining Nick Wales during his residency will be Shun Ito, travelling from Japan, and musicians Bree van Reyk (percussion), Veronique Serret (violin), Jess Green (voice and electric guitar), Alyx Dennison (voice and keys), and designers Bob Scott (sound design), Tony Assness (theatre design) and Damien Cooper (lighting design). Kinetic Wonderland is produced by Virginia Hyam and Julianne Pierce from creative producing company Art Engineers.
 
This is our final residency for the year as part of our partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.
 
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FRIENDS OF THE GARDEN



Join us for our final gardening morning for the year on Tuesday 20 November, from 9.00am–12.00pm.
 
All welcome, no gardening experience necessary. Gloves and equipment are provided, but of course you’re welcome to bring your own. Tea and coffee will be served at approximately 10.30am.
 
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If you’re joining us for Deborah Conway with Paul Grabowsky tonight (Saturday), please feel free to come up from 6.00pm for a glass of wine and a cheese platter at the bar. We look forward to seeing you there.
 
Dylan Henderson
Communications Manager
UKARIA

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