One & Many: Sara Macliver
With Wind Quintet Plus
This beautiful series acknowledges our journey through 2020. Starting in a place of solitude – a single voice, a single violin – these concerts end in a joyous affirmation of community and shared music-making.
Under the magnificent Blue Whale skeleton in Hackett Hall WA soprano Sara Macliver, performs from the floor of this striking venue before being joined from the balconies by Wind Quintet Plus.
Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most revered and versatile artists, with a pure, pitch perfect, silvery soprano that is instantly recognisable. She begins and ends this concert with female composers – Hildegard von Bingen and a new work from WA composer Rebecca Erin Smith, a response to the whale’s presence. In between, she is joined by wind and percussion ensemble WQ+ for a stunning performance featuring Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a selection of lieder from Richard Strauss, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and moments from Mozart’s Wind Serenades.
Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists, and is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque repertoire. She is a regular performer with all the Australian symphony orchestras as well as the Perth, Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, Pinchgut Opera, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Musica Viva, and a number of international companies.
Sara records for ABC Classics, with more than 35 CDs and many awards to her credit.
In 2017 – 18 Sara sang with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Opera, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, St George’s Cathedral, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and in several programs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She also sang with Bangalow Festival, St George’s Cathedral and Collegium Musicum amongst many other projects. Sara recorded a CD of Calvin Bowman songs which was released last year.
In 2019 Sara sang with the West Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia, Ten Days on the Island, the Peninsula Summer Festival, Brisbane Camerata and ANAM amongst others.
Sara has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Australia in recognition of her services to singing.
Wind Quintet Plus
Wind Quintet Plus (WQ+) are a leading ensemble in the West Australian musical landscape, recognised for dynamic performances, eclectic programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavours that connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Combining flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn with percussion, WQ+ perform music from diverse styles with colour, texture, drive and groove. They are committed to performing new works and reimagined repertoire by both established and emerging composers and arrangers.
Music education and musical outreach for all is at the core of the WQ+ mission. During 2020 when it was not possible to perform in regular concert venues, WQ+ took live music to the people, presenting house concerts and street performances in local communities to an enthusiastic response.
WQ+ regularly perform engaging and interactive education concerts for primary school-aged children. and recently recorded wind quintet parts for the new children's ballet The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie for West Australian Ballet, which premiered at the 2020 Awesome International Arts Festival to critical acclaim.
Wind Quintet Plus respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging. WQ+ acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of First Nations Peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together. They are honoured to perform on the ancestral lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people.
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Sat 27 & Sun 28 Feb
Eligible for package discount
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