THE Australian World Orchestra are turning on a summer weekend of breathtaking classical music in the southern highlands of NSW on November 25 and 26.
The Chamber Music Festival will be delivered in historic venues near Bowral and complemented by good country hospitality.
Billed as an intimate experience, guests will be up close to the Australian stars who are shining on the international stage - Miki Tsunoda (violin, Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra) and Sally Clarke (viola, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart).
Joining them will be local musicians Christina Leonard (saxophone, AWO Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director), Marcello Maio (piano accordion), Kees Boersma (double bass, Sydney Symphony Orchestra), and Tim Nankervis (Sydney Symphony Orchestra).
On Saturday guests will be able to enjoy the remarkable acoustics of the Robertson Hotel ballroom as Beethoven and the Dohnanyi serenade for string trio, the effervescence and ancient stillness of the music of Ross Edwards, our Saturday night composer in focus, will thrill and be charmed by the wit and humour of the music of Malcolm Arnold.
The concert will be followed by sparkling wine and a canape supper in the company of the players.
Sunday's Fandango! concert will be held at the grand estate of Hopewood House.
Guests can relax and savour the Mozart Divertimento and Mendelssohn String Symphony No.1 in the amphitheatre located in the beautiful gardens of Hopewood House.
In the second half of the concert, it will be time to swoon to the sounds of jazz and tango classics with music by our Sunday composer in focus, local identity Ann Carr-Boyd AM.
Featuring a string quintet and saxophone, plus this year's special guest, virtuoso piano accordionist Marcello Maio, this concert is in honour of the Hopewood family.
The concert will be followed by a delicious, rustic country lunch with wines available for purchase. Guests will be able to soak up the atmosphere of one of the most picturesque gardens and impressive historic estates in the Southern Highlands.
To book concert tickets and accommodation, go to www.ticketebo.com.au/australian-world-orchestra.