But Harrell’s is not the only cello on the block—the Australian Chamber Orchestra plays Haydn’s C major cello concerto, a crowd favourite and the ideal showpiece for Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima’s Australian debut. And the award-winning Sitkovetsky Trio (cello, piano and violin) opens in Sydney on behalf of Musica Viva. They play music from Smetana and Beethoven among others.
Beethoven also features in Tasmania, with the TSO playing the Fifth symphony, a work whose opening four notes—da da da dum—are probably the most recognisable in the entire canon of orchestral music.
And community input is also not forgotten, with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Opera joining forces in the Wesfarmer Centenary Community Concert. People's Day at The Australian Ballet shows visitors what a day in the life of a dancer is like.
Belvoir launches its cabaret–talkfest 20 Questions, hosted by Wesley Enoch, with a new mystery guest each Monday from a roll-call of Indigenous performers.
Bethwyn Serow Executive Director
Australian Major Performing Arts Group
Image: People's Day 14 April 2014, The Australian Ballet. Photography Kate Longley