Last week, West Australian Symphony Orchestra conductor, Paul Daniel, joined the ANAM team for a week of exciting music-making. Paul’s arrival marked the beginning of Term 3, placing a flag on what will be an exciting (and very busy) second semester As one can imagine, a program that featured large scale orchestral works by Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel, filled the students’ days with rehearsals and sectionals.
During the week, ANAM’s donors were invited to a special orchestra sit-in, which gave them a ‘backstage pass’ in a sense, to sit next to a members of the orchestra and watch Paul conduct, an exciting opportunity to see what it’s like to be under the baton of such a distinguished conductor.
The concert itself was a huge success! With a sold-out house, the students gave it their all. Reviewed by Artshub, Thibhaud Pavlovic-Hobba‘s role as concert master was described as ‘impressively assured and included some fine solo work throughout the program’ and soprano Siobhán Stagg’s performance:
Stagg’s distinctive voice and radiant presence were beautifully suited to Ravel’s aesthetic. She rode the undulations of the Debussy-inspired music with vocal security; pitch, length of phrase and nuance of colour were all at the service of her total engagement with the subtleties of the text. In addition to revelling in the catalogue of riches to be savoured in the exotic lands of Asia, she conveyed an innocent wonder and relish at the darker features. As Siobhan Stagg left the stage in a swish of sea-blue skirt, the audience showed its appreciation of a very special performance by a singer who is on the brink of an international career.
After Paul Daniel Conducts, a late-night performance of music close to Daniel’s heart f0r small and intimate audience. Held in ANAM’s Ballantyne Room, Vers Minuit‘s program featured Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata, selected works by Jaques Brel and Edith Piaf, Ravel’s Ondine from Gaspard de le Nuit and three variations of Debussy’s Clair de Lune performed by Paul Daniel, Paul Dean, Siobáhn Stagg and Charlotte Betts-Dean.