C10 Viola Solitaire
May 3, 2023
Juliet Room, Verity Lane Market
Sydney Building, 50 Northbourne Avenue, ACT 2601
With Support From
Two extraordinary viola players capture a single beautiful space in the centre of Canberra and reveal the inner secrets of the viola.
Once a maligned, even neglected instrument caught in the crossfire of violin, cello and piano, the instrument has enjoyed a true renaissance in more recent times. The three new Australian works featured in this event display the unusually expressive range of the viola as a solo instrument. Elliott Gyger’s Solitaire is an intricate compendium of viola possibilities over thirteen short movements laid out as a card game whereas Andrew Ford’s beautiful Solitude refers to the lonely days of Covid-lockdown.
Judith Wright’ Black Cockatoos became the starting point for a new project by Katie and Donald. Both are steeped in baroque music, yet eager to extend the boundaries of sound and sonic ambiance.
Andrew Ford, In My Solitude (WP)
Elliott Gyger, Solitaire (WP)
Katie Yap/Donald Nicolson, Black Cockatoos (WP)
Florence Price, encore
Katie Yap, baroque viola
James Wannan, viola
Donald Nicolson, keyboard/electronics
Visit the Verity Lane Market Hall for a leisurely lunch after the concert. Verity Lane Market is home to five unique vendors – Pizza Artigiana, Lim Peh’s Wantan Mee – Singaporean Cuisine, Rasa Rosa – Lombok/Indonesian Cuisine, Pasta Artigiana, Superbao – Chinese/Australian Fusion.