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4 Hands At The Piano

After wowing audiences last year with her residency at the Darwin Festival, celebrated pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska returns to the Top End. Performing this time with renowned multi-award winning Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, the pair bring to life their number one ARIA album Butterflying: The Music of Elena Kats-Chernin.

By Chelsea Heaney.

The concert offers a showcase of the diverse compositional range of Kat-Chernin’s body of work. Having written her first piano piece at the age of six, Kats-Chernin has gone on to have an illustrious career – composing orchestral works, opera, ballet, theatre and film scores. You may have heard her music featured at the Sydney Olympic Games or at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Her critically acclaimed opera The Divorce made its Australian premiere on the ABC in 2015.

Cislowska first played Kats-Chernin’s music in 1995 and the friendship and mutual admiration between these two skilful musicians has made them perfect musical partners. Their latest CD release Unsent Loveletters: Meditations on Erik Satie recently reached number one on the ARIA classical charts.

Butterflying: The Music of Elena Kats-Chernin was recorded by Cislowska last year. The double-CD set features solos and duets including the famous Russian Rag, a piano arrangement of ‘Eliza Aria’ from Wild Swans, and also the first composition the six-year-old Kats-Chernin wrote in 1963 – now called ‘Lullaby for Nick’ and named for her youngest son.

Working independently and together, the combined skills of Kats-Chernin and Cislowska are something not to be missed. This concert forms part of the Darwin Entertainment Centre’s DEC Concert Series and discounts are offered for those looking to buy tickets to three or more shows.

Fri 2 Jun | 8pm | Darwin Entertainment Centre

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