Saturday 14th September, 2:30pm
Thoroughbass presents a fantastic production this September. Following a series of performances at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta (where we had the audience of young children, parents and grandparents riveted to their seats) The Toybox is coming alive again!
They dance, they play. They are naughty and nice. They fight a battle, but still they live happily ever after in the toybox.
The Toybox began as an illustrated story that Claude Debussy then turned into a children's ballet to the delight of his 8 year old daughter Chou-Chou. In bringing this quaint story to today’s audiences once again, Thoroughbass has re-imagined and re-arranged Debussy’s music with the added charm of early instruments (and the odd pop-whistle!) and some very naughty and noisy toys, narrated by actor Kate Mannix.
Suitable for ages 4 - 8, parents and grandparents.
Saturday 28th September, 2.30pm
Blush Opera will perform favourite operatic arias alongside a contemporary song cycle by Paul Smith in an afternoon recital of fantasy, humour and drama. Smith's "Fantasy Songs" depict different classic figures of fantasy (and one snail) in a series of fantasical narratives. Each song contains its own brief story which is narrated by the different characters as they reflect on their position drawing on iconic mythologies and tropes of fantasy. This performance will be the first time the cycle has been performed with piano. Singers Jermaine Chau, Alice Girle and Ayako Ohtake will also present thrilling and moving arias from some of the most beloved operas. Blush Opera has also collaborated with artist Mylyn Nguyen whose animations will be exhibited and projected into the space during the performance.
Blush Opera is a Sydney-based boutique opera ensemble dedicated to expanding opera practice and mixing contemporary and classic repertoire. Blush has toured extensively around Australia performing at leading festivals in a range of recital, cabaret and fully staged productions. Blush has become a fresh and unique voice in the Australian vocal scene known for producing entertaining and innovate performances with unexpected twists and collaborations.
The late Murray Khouri, Clarinet Virtuoso
Founder of the Bowral Autumn Music Festival
The best route by car travelling south from Bowral is:
51F Sunninghill Ave
0408 839 687
The Rose Room has a Steinway piano available, seating for 70 guests and up to 8 performers.
Janet can also prepare a sumptuous afternoon tea for guests and artists.