Selby & Friends bring Proud Folk tour to Mittagong

Cellist Julian Smiles will be a part of Selby & Friends Proud Folk tour. Photo: supplied

Cellist Julian Smiles will be a part of Selby & Friends Proud Folk tour. Photo: supplied

Experience chamber music at its best in July.

Selby & Friends will bring its Proud Folk tour to the Highlands next month.

The program of piano trios mirrors the cultural and folkloric roots of composers with diverse origins from around the globe.

The tour will showcase the unique musical languages of Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin’s Ukrainian homeland; Dvořák’s beloved Bohemia; and the tonal colours of Ravel’s Basque heritage that stamp his compositions with the legendary vernacular of impressionist France.

Joining artistic director and pianist Kathryn Selby AM will be Australian virtuoso violinist Natalie Chee and cellist Julian Smiles.

Both have appeared regularly with Selby & Friends but this tour will be the first time together.

Sydney-born violinist Natalie Chee returns home for these six concerts from Germany where she is Concertmaster of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Julian Smiles is one of Australia's leading cellists and a member of the award-winning Goldner String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble at UNSW.

Australian chamber music pianist Kathryn Selby AM is the recipient of many international performance awards as well as a driving entrepreneurial force on the chamber music scene.

Kathryn Selby AM. Photo: supplied

Kathryn Selby AM. Photo: supplied

A key feature of the series will be the communication by the artists from the stage about their personal experiences as musicians.

Selby & Friends will perform on July 8 from 5pm at the Mittagong Playhouse.

Tickets can be purchased at www.selbyandfriends.com.au or 1300 511 099.

Proud Folk tour:

  • Saturday, July 8: 5pm, Mittagong Playhouse, Southern Highlands
  • Sunday, July 9: 2.30pm, Turramurra Uniting Church, Turramurra
  • Monday, July 10: 7.30pm at James O. Fairfax Theatre, NGA, Canberra
  • Wednesday, July 12: 8pm at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Thursday, July 13: 7pm at City Recital Hall, Sydney
  • Sunday, July 16: 2.30pm at Elder Hall, Adelaide