With a repertoire spanning centuries, continents and genres, amazing telepathy and the ability to draw emotion from every note, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan are justifiably regarded as Australia’s finest classical guitarists.
It is not uncommon to hear painters, sculptors, writers and musicians speak of how their art flows through them, not from them - they are mere conduits. And so it is for the Grigoryan Brothers whose performances are marked by an intangible connection to the soul of the music they play. They are so ‘in the moment’ that the term mindfulness seems at odds with their state of mind – more to the point, they are free of thought and allow the music to just be.
While it is their individual and combined artistry that brings the music alive, they are forever grateful to the composers and arrangers who have provided the framework for their performances.
For this performance, Slava and Leonard are honouring those Past, Present and Future who have provided the fuel for their fire.
Past: Favourite works from their back catalogue of recordings – from Bach to Towner, from Tchaikovsky to Lovelady.
Present: Their own compositions and arrangements including a selection from the soundtrack to the movie ‘A Boy Called Sailboat’ which they wrote and recorded – due for global release in 2019. The movie has already won a number of awards including best Best Director and Best Screenplay at the prestigious Boston Film Festival.
Future: Audiences will have the opportunity to hear works from Slava and Leonard’s next recording project - to be released in late 2019 - of Handel keyboard suites masterfully arranged for them by their father Edward (a significant member of those to who their gratitude extends).
Duration: 2 hours including intermission
She's known to millions around the world as the "Angel of Australia" - the name given to her by the famous Dutch violinist, André Rieu.
This concert is part of Mirusia's National Tour in 2020 saluting the music of The Seekers, performing the chart-topping hits including “I’ll Never Find Another You”, “A World Of Our Own”, “The Carnival Is Over”, “Georgy Girl” and more in a 2 hour show with band that will also include the CLASSICS she has performed with André Rieu around the world and her original songs.
Mirusia is an Australian born Soprano with Dutch heritage. With 12 years of extensive international touring and successful concerts under her belt, Mirusia is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world. Her albums always place highly on the ARIA Album and DVD chart rankings, with numerous albums and DVDs reaching the number one position on the Pop, Classical Crossover, Jazz & Blues and Music DVD Charts in Australia. Her latest album "A Salute to The Seekers" debuted at the #1 position on the ARIA Jazz & Blues Chart with a sold-out shows at QPAC Concert Hall, Sydney Recital Hall and Melbourne’s Recital Hall.
Mirusia studied opera at Griffith University's Queensland Conservatorium in Australia and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. After graduation, her career blossomed when she toured the world as star soprano with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra for over 10 years. The stadium-size concerts have forwarded Mirusia the most wonderful opportunities of singing before country leaders, royalty and millions of fans have marvelled at the clarity, dexterity and the exquisite sound of her voice.
Mirusia still tours with André Rieu, but also has a flourishing solo career.
She has touched the hearts of many audiences. Her performances have been declared; “heart-warming, personal and they leave you no choice but to love Mirusia.”
André Rieu about Mirusia: “I’m proud to have been there from the start and to see her career take off. After having worked with this incredibly talented young lady I can only wish her all the best in her solo career.“