Horn Concerts and Events
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Australian World Orchestra

City Recital Hall (Angel Place, Sydney), Tuesday 25 July, 7.30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Thursday 27 July 7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall, 31 July 7:00pm

The Australian World Orchestra - Chamber 8 on Tour are a supergroup of Australia's finest musicians who work and perform with the world's greatest orchestras. These extraordinary musicians will come together for just four concerts in 2017 as they tour their exceptional musicianship around Australia.

The AWO's Chamber 8 on Tour will perform a captivating programme of the Beethoven Septet featuring Andrew Bain of the LA Philharmonic on horn, and the Dvorák String Quintet featuring Matthew McDonald of the Berlin Philharmonic on double bass with an ensemble of some of Australia's greatest musicians.

This is a rare opportunity to witness music-making of the highest calibre where each of the eight musicians have the opportunity to display their individual brilliance. The unusual scoring of Beethoven's septet with a single clarinet, horn, bassoon, and strings allows for the musicians to interplay and engage in high spirited solos and duets in what is arguably Beethoven's finest chamber music composition. Matthew McDonald's double bass performance in Dvorák's String quintet brings a pizzicato sparseness to the bottom of the texture and creates a platform for the interweaving melodic strands of Dvorák's master craftsmanship.

The AWO Chamber 8 on Tour is chamber music at its finest.


BEETHOVEN: Septet in E-flat major, Op.20
DVORÁK: String Quintet No.2, Op.77


Violin Natalie Chee (SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart)
Violin Daniel Dodds (Festival Strings Lucerne)
Viola Tahlia Petrosian (Gewandhaus Leipzig)
Cello David Berlin (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Double bass Matthew McDonald (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)
Clarinet Paul Dean (Queensland Conservatorium)
Bassoon Lyndon Watts (formerly Munich Philharmonic)
Horn Andrew Bain (LA Philharmonic Orchestra)

Australian Festival of Chamber Music
28/07 - 05/08/2017
Artistic Director Piers Lane AO

The featured Horn player is Martin Owen from the UK

Martin is regarded as one of Europe's leading horn players, appearing as soloist and chamber musician around the world. Martin currently holds the position of Principal Horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as Principal Horn of the Royal Philharmonic, and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on a temporary contract. Martin is also Principal horn of Britten Sinfonia, California-based Camerata Pacifica, and professor at Royal Academy of Music, London.

Saturday July 29th
Townsville Civic Theatre - Governor's Gala - Fandango
Septet Op.20

Sunday July 30th
Mary MacKillop Church - Prelude to the Afternoon...
Matthew Hindson
Light Music: for woodwind quintet
i. Strobe
ii. A Single Match

Monday July 31st
Townsville Civic Theatre - Ray Golding Sunset Series - Oh là là
Francis Poulenc
Sextet for piano and wind quintet FP100

Wednesday August 2nd
C2, Townsville Civic Theatre - Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 3
Olivier Messiaen
Appel interstellaire from Des canyons aux étoiles

Saturday August 5th
Townsville Civic Theatre - Festival Farewell - Final Jamboree!
Franz Lehár/TK Murray
Lippen Schweigen from The Merry Widow

Friday August 4th
Townsville Civic Theatre - Evening Series - German Romantics
Richard Strauss/James Ledger
Four Last Songs Op Post
i. Frühling (Spring)
ii. September
iii. Beim Schlafengehen (When Falling Asleep)
iv. Im Abendrot (At Sunset)

Thursday August 3rd
Townsville Civic Theatre - Evening Series - From Russia with Love
Boris Tchaikovsky
Allegro from Sextet for wind quintet and harp
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Quintet for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano in B flat Major Op Post

Sunday July 30th
Queens Gardens - Queens Gardens Concert
Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat K.495
Martin Owen (Horn)

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Hector McDonald Associate Artist Meriel Owen
Sunday 13 August
Larry Sitsky Recital Room ANU School of Music, 2pm

KROL: Laudatio for solo Horn
BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Piano and Horn in F major, op.17
DUKAS: Villanelle for Horn and Piano
MESSIAEN: Appel Interstellaire, from Des canyons aux e`toiles
F. STRAUSS: Nocturno for Horn and Harp, op.7

Hector McDonald returns to the Llewellyn Hall for the first time in almost 30 years, as soloist in the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, and featured performer for the Recital Series. He has been Principal Horn with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Concentus Musicus Wien since 1989, and has spent over 54 years playing brass instruments. His playing and teaching has influenced horn players in Australia and around the world, including those he worked with during his time at the ANU School of Music in the 1980s. This program offers listeners a real treat, as Hector will play natural horn-the antecedent of the instrument we know today. The natural horn has no valves so players need to work harder when it comes to note placements and articulations. This means the audience will hear the pieces as the composers intended. This program offers a fascinating window into our musical past.

"Playing a brass instrument is a special feeling. It requires a combination of air (breath), lip tension (so-called buzzing) and being able to hear the note before you start. It's always a small miracle when the right notes come out at the right time. And I guess that's both the challenge and the attraction. You never really know what's going to emit from the bell of your instrument." Hector McDonald

Wednesday 16 August Thursday 17 August
Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 7.30pm Pre-concert talk 6.45pm

Conductor Nicholas Milton AM Artistic patronage ActewAGL

Horn Hector McDonald
BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
R. STRAUSS: Horn Concerto No.1 in E flat major, TrV117, op.11
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.5 in B flat major, op.100
"Hector McDonald returns to the Canberra stage for the first time in almost 30 years to perform Strauss' Horn Concerto No.1. It is an heroic piece with bravura hunting calls and intensely beautiful, lyrical passages."

Melbourne ~ Melbourne Recital Centre
Sat, 9 September, 7:00 PM
Sun, 10 September, 5:00 PM

Sydney ~ City Recital Hall
Wed, 13 September, 7:00 PM
Fri, 15 September, 7:00 PM
Wed, 20 September, 7:00 PM
Fri, 22 September, 7:00 PM
Sat, 23 September, 2:00 PM
Sat, 23 September, 7:00 PM

Cannabich Sinfonia in E flat major
Haydn Concerto for Cello in C major Hob.VIIb:1
Mozart Harmoniemusik of Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Mozart Concerto for Horn No. 4 in E flat major K495 with Belgian period horn player, Bart Aerbydt

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 16 September, 7pm
Sunday 17 September, 2pm

The Willoughby Symphony gets back to NATURE in this evocative concert program, opening with a performance of Smetana's most enduring composition, The Moldau, which conjures images of two rippling mountain springs combining to become the mighty river.

In a special guest appearance, Australia's most distinguished horn virtuoso, Hector McDonald, will perform Strauss' magnificent Horn Concerto No.1, followed by the exciting world premiere of two incredible works - one featuring the full force of the magnificent orchestra and choir.

The program concludes at Castle Vyšehrad for Dvor?ak's fascinating Symphonic Variations in a triumphant finale for this spectacular concert event.

Southern Cross Soloists
Friday, 6 October 2017 at 8pm

The Concourse Concert Hall, Victoria Avenue Chatswood

Tania Frazer (oboe), Alan Smith (violin), Emma Scholl (flute), Patrick Murphy ('cello), Alex Raineri (piano), Ashley Smith (clarinet), Ysolt Clark (horn)


Mozart - Serenade in E-flat K375 (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, violin, cello, piano)

Bruch - Two movements from Eight Pieces op 83 ( clarinet, cello, piano)
No 5. Rumänische Melodie: Andante
No 4. Allegro agitato

Mendelssohn - Konzertstück No 2 in D minor, op 114
(oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, piano)


Mendelssohn - Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music, op 61
(flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, violin, cello, piano)

Mendelssohn - Andante and Rondo Capriccioso in E, op 14 ( flute, piano)

Mozart - Piano concerto no 23 in A, K488
(piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, violin, cello)