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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jazz, Classical, Spanish: Matthew Fagan, Nicholas Young


Ten-tring Spanish classical guitarist Matthew Fagan and pianist Nicholas Young present a concert of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music on Friday, October 6 at 7.30 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Church St, Richmond.
Enjoy a combination of 10-string classical guitar with concert grand piano in arrangements of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Rodrigo’s Spanish Guitar Masterpiece Concierto De Aranjuez, excerpts from Concierto for Classical Guitar and Jazz piano from Claude Bolling, and a unique interpretation of Issac Albeniz Asturias Leyenda combining the original piano score with a flamenco guitar flavour.
Sydney-born, currently Melbourne-based pianist Nicholas Young completed his Bachelor studies in Sydney and Masters studies at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
As a ‘Young Steinway Artist’ Nicholas has enjoyed a diverse career as a solo, chamber and orchestral pianist.
He has been a major prize winner of several national and international competitions, and has performed concerti with the Vienna International Orchestra and Adelaide, West Australian, Queensland and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras.
This will also be the debut of Nicholas sharing his hidden talent on classical guitar in a duo guitar performance with Matthew.
Guitar was Nicholas’s first instrument, and he was awarded his Associate Diploma in Guitar in 2010.
The majority of the guitar and piano repertoire in this concert program is featured on Matthew’s CD Virtuoso 2- A Homage to my Ancestors which is the second recording in the project Virtuoso, a dedication to Matthew’s ancestors the Parkes family.
Matthew has chosen piano repertoire to honour his grandfather, celebrated concert pianist Milton Parkes.
Cecil and Kingsley (Milton’s brothers) were prodigious violinists who also played high level piano.
Cecil and well known pianist May Broderick (Cecil’s wife) with cellist made up the Strad Trio and featured on Australian’s first music film produced by Frank Thring Snr from Eftee Productions.
Cecil Parkes was a child prodigy violinist who toured with international star soprano Dame Nellie Melba performing in patriot concerts around Australia and toured the USA at the age of 13.
Performance Details: Friday, October 6, 7.30pm – 9pm (doors open at 7pm)
Venue: St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 360 Church St, Richmond
Tickets: Early Bird $25(+BF online) if paid before 5pm Friday the 29th of September Adult $35, Concession $30 (includes booking fee- Pensioners, Students, Seniors). Tickets available online from Eventbrite at https://virtuoso2.eventbrite.com
Enquiries/Phone Bookings: Kellie 0438 881 985.
– Cheryl Threadgold

Pictured: Matthew Fagan and Nicholas Young

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