Riverside Theatres in association with Musica Viva Australia presents
By John Bell and Simon Tedeschi
A feast of Romantic poetry and music featuring the works of Keats and Schubert.
Australian theatre icon, John Bell AO OBE and internationally acclaimed pianist Simon Tedeschi renew their triumphant partnership with Bright Star, exploring the life, love and genius of two bright stars of the Romantic era – John Keats and Franz Schubert. Though they never met, these contemporaneous geniuses of literature and music were kindred spirits: both died young, having loved a woman beyond his reach due to her superior social standing, and both created masterpieces which still resonate strongly today.
Performing some of the most beloved poems of Keats including Bright Star, Ode to a Nightingale, and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, and music by Schubert including Ave Maria, Winterreise and Sonata no.18 in G major (Fantasie), Bell and Tedeschi share their insights into the enduring power of these timeless works, and the lives of the artists who created them.
“It is story-telling for adults, heart-rending and sophisticated… Tedeschi is a true master of the pianoforte… [Bell’s] voice soars above the piano accompaniment and runs the gamut of emotions from the faintest whisper to intense grief to anger. It is a virtuoso performance and the synergy between these two performers was obvious.” StageWhispers, 2017 (Enoch Arden, Adelaide Festival Centre)
Date & Time
Sunday 18 November at 3pm
SIMON TEDESCHI, PIANO
Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned and sought-after classical pianists, awarded several prestigious prizes including first prize in the Keyboard division of the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year Award, and the Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA). Also recipient of a Centenary of Federation Medal, Tedeschi has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and for world leaders such as George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.
Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as “True greatness” (Sydney Morning Herald), Simon Tedeschi performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House at age nine. Based in the USA for several years courtesy of the American Australian Association and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, in 2009 Tedeschi performed in Carnegie Hall, won the ‘New York Young Jewish Pianist Award’ and was featured in the Emerging Artist series held in the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Tedeschi has performed solo recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, and as soloist with the
Colorado, Fort Worth and Illinois Symphony Orchestras (USA), the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ) and the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of conductors such as Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, Michael Halász, Jun Märkl, Sir William Southgate, and Patrick Thomas.
Based in Boston, USA for several years, Tedeschi regularly performs with orchestras around Australia and worldwide, in the 2017 season as soloist with Adelaide, Sydney and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras. Other recent highlights include tours to China and the UAE with ‘Meeting Mozart’, and this year, a new recording and national tour of Richard Strauss’ Enoch Arden with esteemed theatre icon John Bell AO OBE, encompassing Sydney Opera House’ Utzon Music Series, His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, Adelaide Festival Centre, and Queensland Performing Arts Centre. He also performs at South Australia’s SALT festival, and several concerts and another recording for ABC Classics with violist Roger Benedict.
Tedeschi’s wide-ranging discography also includes Gershwin and Me, Gershwin: Take Two, and Tender Earth (ABC Classics), alongside his critically acclaimed recording for ABC Classics of Pictures at an Exhibition, and concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart.
Simon is Artistic Patron of Fine Music 102.5FM, and Ambassador for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, Blue Mountains Concert Society, Sydney Eisteddfod and Ryde Eisteddfod and Australian Ambassador for the Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid piano.
JOHN BELL, ORATOR
After graduating from Sydney University John Bell spent five years in England with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he became an Associate Artist. Returning to Australia, he worked with all the major State theatre companies and co-founded the Nimrod Theatre where he spent fourteen years. In 1990 he founded Bell Shakespeare and was celebrated as their artistic director for many
years. He has played most of the major roles in Shakespeare’s plays and directed most of them as well. He has also directed productions for Opera Australia and Victoria Opera. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Universities of Sydney, Newcastle and NSW. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire. In 1997 he was named by the National Trust as one of Australia’s National Living Treasures, and has won numerous awards as an actor and director.