By Scenic World
Set deep in ancient rainforest on the Jamison Valley floor, Scenic World will present a summer program of Rainforest Recitals for solo cello and violin and guitar.
Descending into pristine rainforest by Scenic Cableway, patrons will enjoy a short stroll along elevated boardwalk arriving at the Rainforest Room. Enveloped by Man ferns, sassafras and eucalypts, this sheltered venue seats 100 guests and provides a unique setting for these unforgettable hour-long recitals. Post show, guests will return to the top of the escarpment to enjoy a drink with the performers at the Terrace Café.
PROGRAM 1: RAINFOREST RECITALS – CELLO
Thursday 23 January – 1:15pm | Saturday 22 February – 1:15pm
Ranging from ancient medieval tunes over Bach’s Prelude in G to famous Romantic character pieces like The Swan, to the remarkable Didgeridoo for solo cello. The recital includes the world premiere of Rainforest Cello Sonata composed by Mertens specifically in response to the pristine rainforest setting, depicting mist, storm and bird calls.
The recital will be performed by the accomplished arranger, composer and musician Georg Mertens on a cello crafted in Italy c 1740. Renowned for his expressive style, German-born Mertens studied at the reputed Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany and conducted chamber music masterclasses in Salzburg and Konigstein. He has performed concert tours in Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland and Australia where he was the first to record the complete cello solo works by J.S. Bach.
In 1997 Mertens embarked on a series of cello concerts at Jenolan Caves which would form the world’s longest series of cello concerts culminating in 200 performances. Live video of his cello performances have received over one million YouTube views, and seven of his works have been selected for the film soundtrack of Fils de Grece.
PROGRAM 2: RAINFOREST RECITALS – PAGANINI DUO
Saturday 8 February – 1.15pm
This program explores an interplay of dramatic Romantic Gypsy music from Russia, Romania and Hungary including the famous Black Eyes and Czardas alternating with atmospheric South American pieces such as El Condor Pasa from the Andes, and slow Argentinian tangos.
The duo ensemble includes violinist Gustaw Szelski and guitarist Georg Mertens, renowned for their vibrant and atmospheric performances. The Paganini Duo has performed at more than one thousand concerts and functions nationally and internationally, including venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Jenolan Caves, and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach.
Szelski plays a violin crafted in 1740 by Tomasso Balestrieri (Cremona, Italy) and Mertens a guitar crafted in 2012 by Miguel Lopez (Granada, Spain).
All tickets $58 includes return trip on the Scenic Cableway. Bookings essential: (02) 4780 0250.