Dear Friends and Members of the Sydney Schubert Society,
I am pleased to share with you the program of the Sydney Schubertiades for 2015. As you can see from the attached flyer our year ahead will feature a very diverse and exciting variety of artists performing some of Schubert’s greatest works. It is an ambitious year for our society and I certainly hope you, your family and friends will be able to join us for all the Schubertiades in 2015.
We will start the year with a Schubertiade on April 26 featuring the Streeton Piano Trio with cellist Julian Smiles from the Australia Ensemble and acclaimed Goldner Quartet. Their program at the Goethe Institute includes Schubert’s late B flat major Piano Trio and the haunting Fantasy in C for violin and piano. Two Schubertiades this year feature the Enigma Quartet, who impressed with their stylish and dynamic playing last year. They will be joined by two special guest artists from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: the charismatic clarinettist Frank Celata on July 5 at St Peters and the Sydney Symphony’s stellar new Co-Principal cellist Umberto Clerici on December 6 (also at St Peters) when the program includes the String Quintet in C to conclude our year. Together with Jeanell Carriganand my young colleagues from the Conservatorium the Sydney Schubert Ensemble will present one program on October 16 at St. Peters focussedon one of my personal, favourite affinities: the connection between Schubert and Bruckner. This program will include Schubert’s second Piano Trio in E flat major and Anton Bruckner’s String Quintet. The centre-piece of our year, the Grand Schubertiade 366 on August 16 (again at the Goethe Institute) will be a real feast for Schubert lovers: The young Australian tenor Dominic Walsh and pianist Geoffrey Saba present the song cycle “Die Schöne Müllerin” followed by a full length, all-Schubert piano recital by Geoffrey Saba–an afternoon of unmatched Schubertian dimensions in many respects!
Iam hopingvery much that altogether you will find this an inspiring program and that it will be well supported by you and all our members and their friends. For a society such as ours the task of presenting such an ambitious program is considerable and we will need your help and support in making it successful. Accordingly, I need to remind you that memberships for 2015 are now due and I invite you to renew your membership as soon as possible. I include a renewal form for 2015 with this letter. You can also find such a form and all the details about the Schubert Society on our website www.sydneyschubertsociety.com, of course. Please consider inviting a friend to join for 2015. Annual memberships make wonderful gifts as they provide a year-round connectionwith Schubert and like-minded enthusiasts of Schubert’s music.
Finally, please be reminded to tune into Fine Music 102.5 on every fourth Saturday of the month at 6 pm when our committee member Ross Hayes presents his informative and inspiring Schubert broadcast. I am looking forward to seeing you at the Schubertiade on April 26 (2.30 pm at the Goethe Institute) and I remain with very cordial greetings and all best wishes for 2015,
President, Sydney Schubert Society Inc.