Get wrapt in Ivy at free concert

The fourth in the series of free concerts at the Con will see a little bit of everything from jazz to cabaret to classical and tango.

This Sunday’s gig will kick off with violinist Stephanie Higgs and guitarist Mark Bromley, who will perform a varied repertoire including some of their original compositions.

Stephanie, who teaches at the Conservatorium, is a consummate performer, having recently played with Tina Arena, Tex Perkins and Sarah Blasko as well as joining the Angus and Julia Stone national tour. This is on top of her many performances with symphony orchestras and string ensembles right around the country, including the Canberra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Keyboard player Matt Hill and saxophonist Martha Baartz are also on the bill. They first performed together in 1996 when both were students at SCU and have re-united to play some tunes from Matt’s recent album, which won the Dolphin Award for Album of the Year last year. He also took out the New Age and Jazz categories. Martha is the founder of the original jazz sextet, The Baartz Freeman Sextet, and has toured throughout Australia playing many major jazz venues such as Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne and The Side On Café in Sydney.

Finally, be serenaded and shocked by the cabaret styling of Miss Ivy Lucille. According to her bio, Ivy is on a mission to take her listeners from the extremes of love and happiness to the depths of despair and heartache as she explores the female psyche. Each song will either bring on the angel in love or the vengeful woman. You have been warned.

The CONcert kicks off at 11am this Sunday, May 2, in the grounds of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. It’s free and presented by the Lismore Promotion Program which aims to get people back to the city centre on weekends.


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