Musica Viva ready to, um, rock

Emma Pask will feature with her jazz quintet as one of the five Musica Viva concerts on the North Coast through the year. Subscriptions are available now.

Subscription to the Musica Viva Lismore concert series for this year is now available from Dymocks Lismore (6622 4987) and the ABC Centre in Ballina (6686 2436).

Therell be two concerts in St Marys Anglican Church in Ballina, another two concerts at St Carthages Cathedral in Lismore, as well as one in Byron.

There are also two additional concerts that are not part of the subscription series, but subscription holders will get a good discount if tickets for these concerts are booked at the same time as they purchase their subscription.

So, whats in store?

Blues Point is a vocals and bass combo that encompasses jazz standards and modern classics with even a touch of gospel. Theyll play in May.

In early August the Emma Pask Quintet will feature Emmas smooth voice and emotional phrasing in a style reminiscent of the classical jazz era.

Later that month get ready for the Brandenburg Ensemble as they fill St Carthages Cathedral with some fine Baroque playing. (And also celebrate the Cathedrals centenary.)

Then to finish the year the Zephyr String Quartet will perform in Ballina in November.

But to get the Musica Viva ball rolling for this year, Shrewd Bass will perform on Wednesday, March 14, at St Carthages Cathedral in Lismore from 7.30pm.

Subscription prices (for the five concerts) are $150/125/75. Single concert prices are $35/30/17.

The additional concerts (not part of the subscription series) are a concert by flautist extraordinaire Jane Rutter in October and Viva the Festival Finalists featuring winners of at the Lismore Music Festival. This includes local girl Brierley Cutting, a pianist who had her early training in the Northern Rivers, and in 2006 was a finalist in the Young Performer of the Year award.

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