A message from Artistic Director Paul Kildea:

In April last year I met up with my old friend, the actor and director Richard Pyros. I was completely reprogramming Musica Viva’s 2021 season and had a proposition for him: let’s create a first-person present-tense theatre/music piece out of a book I had written a few years earlier. Our tour of Chopin’s Piano, bringing together the outstanding talents of pianist Aura Go and actor Susan Prior – alongside a handful of creatives – was the outcome, a narrative and musical tale about the piano on which Chopin wrote a number of major works, the Preludes among them.

It’s with a heavy heart that we will shift this tour from November 2021 to a future season instead. We are however excited to announce our plans to make a beautiful film of a most intriguing and captivating story, punctuated by Aura’s reading of Chopin’s twenty-four Preludes.

Online Concert

This December, follow the story of Chopin’s renowned instrument in the world premiere performance of Chopin’s Piano, broadcast to your living room from centre stage at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Join us on the 16th of December to watch the premiere online. You can find out more about the filmed concert and purchase tickets here

Rescheduled Concerts

We are also delighted to announce that we have retained some of the concert dates with alternative performers and repertoire in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Newcastle.

Talking Chopin with Aura Go

Learn more about the pianist Aura Go in this recorded conversation with Artistic Director Paul Kildea. Together they discuss the palette of colours open to pianists, her unusual musical beginnings, and her artistic process when approaching repertoire.

Cast


AURA GO 
PIANO
SUSAN PRIOR ACTOR

Creative Team


RICHARD PYROS
DIRECTOR/ CO-WRITER OF SCRIPT WITH PAUL KILDEA
CHRISTINA SMITH COSTUME / SET DESIGN
RICHARD VABRE LIGHTING DESIGN
KELLY RYALL SOUND DESIGN
ANNIE REID STAGE MANAGER
ISAAC LUMMIS WARDROBE SUPERVISOR
TOM WILLIS ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER / OPERATOR
GERALDINE COOK VOICE COACH

Program to include:

CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28  (1835-39)

To our Ensemble Patrons Stephen and Michele Johns and Anonymous for their support of this tour.

And to our Concert Champions:

  • Don and Veronica Aldridge (Adelaide)
  • The Hon Justice A Philippides (Brisbane)
  • Ray Turner and Jennifer Seabrook, and Monica Lim and Konfir Kabo (Melbourne)
  • Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey, and Kay Vernon (Sydney)
  • Robert and Lindy Henderson (Newcastle)
  • Prichard Panizza Family (Perth)
  • Dr Sue Packer (Canberra)
"Go commanded a mood at once vast and intimate, with deft control and sensitivity."
— Limelight

Performance Details

Event notes

Ticket Information

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Please contact our Box Office team at boxoffice@musicaviva.com.au or on 1800 688 482 if you require further assistance.

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