Tribute concert to Sir Charles Mackerras at EIF
Fantastic celebration of a wonderful man
This article is from 2010.
One of the leading lights on the EIF, Sir Charles Mackerras has long been synonymous with the talent and the creativity at the heart of the Edinburgh International Festival. Fitting then, that they should celebrate his passing earlier this year with a tribute concert commemorating one of his finest collaborations.
Beginning his professional career as an oboist, Sir Charles went on to enjoy a 60-year relationship with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the fruits of which will be enjoyed on Wed 1 Sep at Usher Hall, with a programme of works by Elgar, in what will be the orchestra’s first appearance at the festival in 35 years. Before the concert, Festival Director Jonathan Mills will lead a tribute alongside a host of musicians who worked alongside him, including Steve King of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Colin Piper from Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Welsh soprano and friend of Sir Charles, Rebecca Evans, will also perform Susanna’s aria ‘Deh, vieni non tardar’ from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
In other EIF news, Opera Australia’s Bliss has been nominated for nine Helpmann Awards, including Best Opera, Best Direction of an Opera, Best Male & Female Performer in an Opera, Best Male and Female Performers in Supporting Roles, Best Scenic Design, Best New Australian Work, Best Original Score, and Best Lighting Design. Check out the European premiere in Edinburgh from Thu 2 Sep and Sat 4 Sep. Sydney Symphony Orchestra has also been nominated for Best Symphony Orchestra and Best Chamber performance; perform at the EIF on Wed 1 and Thu 2 Sep.
See www.eif.co.uk for more information.