Theatre Thoughts has x2 DOUBLE PASSES TO GIVE AWAY for The Juliet Letters Sunday 15th May at 4pm. Read on to enter now!

CHATSWOOD CULTURE BITES presents Phoenix Collective – a dynamic ensemble that will showcase classical music with a uniquely Australian edge on four Sunday afternoons from 15 May to 14 August in the intimacy of Chatswood’s Zenith Theatre.

Phoenix Collective Sunday Sessions brings together some of Australia’s most accomplished and high-profile musicians including Violin and Artistic Director Dan Russell, Violin Pip Thompson, Viola Ella Brinch and Cello Andrew Wilson. This captivating recital series showcases works by Grammy award-winning contemporary classical composer Elvis Costello, American composer Steve Reich, Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi, and French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk.

THE JULIET LETTERS – Sunday 15 May 4pm
Composer Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet
Featuring one of Australia’s foremost multi-award-winning Mezzo Sopranos, Jacqueline Dark, The Juliet Letters is a song sequence for string quartet which marries chamber music with Beatles-esque art-pop. Inspired by the true story of a Verona professor who responded to letters addressed to Juliet, of Romeo and Juliet fame.

Composer Joe Hisaishi
The musical masterpieces of Japanese cult animation giant, Studio Ghibli, blend fantasy and reality and highlight growth and the importance of nature. Renowned for their empathy for human frailty, Studio Ghibli’s animations provide a re-energising reminder of our need for imaginative, uplifting journeys. Tracks from 10 different movies including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Totoro will be performed.

Composer Steve Reich
Different Trains is a three-movement piece for string quartet accompanied by a bespoke video, created by Sina S. During World War II, Reich made train journeys between New York and Los Angeles to visit his parents, who had separated. Years later, he reflected on his experience and, as a Jew, how different his train journey might have been if he had lived in Europe. In this extraordinary work, Different Trains weaves human speech into a musical work mirrored by the string quartet.

Composer Traditional Unknown Arrangements Danish String Quartet
Traditional Folk presents reflections on the human experience’s darkness, being transported into a landscape of forests and flowing streams, as the quartet performs a selection of Nordic folk music.

DAFT PUNK – 14 August 4pm
Composed by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter Arrangements Danijel Požgaj, Ian Anderson, Alison Gillies, Bojana Jovanović, Inacio Saldanha, Priscila Pacavi and Jeff Tincher.
The legendary French electronic music duo is widely regarded as one of the most influential acts in dance music history. Hear the Phoenix Collective reinterpret their iconic beats through the lens of a string quartet as Daft Punk’s synths, drum machines and vintage vocoders are translated into violin, viola and cello.

Why not make a day of it and enjoy a meal in Chatswood before the show plus take advantage of all-day free parking at the Zenith Theatre with your show ticket.

Venue: Zenith Theatre, Cnr Mcintosh & Railway Streets, Chatswood
Dates: Sunday 15 May, 29 May, 31 July, 14 August at 4pm (All sessions 70 mins no interval)
Prices: $29 to $49 / Family $140 (Rec for ages 12+)
These events are part of Chatswood Culture Bites 2022, Willoughby City Council’s innovative program of music, theatre, comedy and more in Chatswood CBD.

The Phoenix Collective Competition

Theatre Thoughts has x2 DOUBLE PASSES TO GIVE AWAY for The Juliet Letters Sunday 15th May at 4pm. To enter, all you need to do is fill in the below form with your full name, email and mobile number so we can contact you if you are successful. Entries close Sunday 8th May 11.59pm (AEST). You will be contacted by either email or mobile if you are successful.

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