Melbourne’s Spanish Steps: renowned cellist in town

Woman playing cello in a gallery

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with special guest musician, Canadian American cellist Elinor Frey in her Australian debut for the first concert series of 2023, Spanish Steps.

Transporting audiences to the Spanish Steps in Rome, the concert’s rich program explores Italian composers and their affinity with Spain in an era of cultural enlightenment. The concerts will take place at Sydney’s City Recital Hall from 24 February – 10 March 2023 and Melbourne Recital Centre from 2 – 5 March 2023.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has fast become synonymous with the best in Australian baroque music, played between Sydney, Melbourne and countless other cities and venues around the world. Founded by Paul Dyer, he said, “we are so excited to be joined on stage by Elinor Frey in February for what will be her debut Australian performances. Elinor is such a spectacular musician, one I have wanted to bring to Australia for quite some time, and this program will really show off the rich and wondrous sounds of two different period cellos by way of rarely-performed works by Boccherini and the Australian première of Sammartini’s Concerto for piccolo cello.

“We’ve once again enlisted award winning designer, Alexander Berlage to work on this production, and we plan to really immerse the audience in a fiery, Spanish-inspired world. It will be a riveting way to start the year for the Brandenburg!”

Playing seldom performed works by Boccherini and Sammartini, guest performer Elinor Frey will reveal her astounding artistry, playing two separate cellos throughout the concert including the violoncello piccolo, an instrument rarely performed live. She will be joined onstage by the full orchestra led by Paul Dyer on the harpsichord, against a vibrant stage by designer Alexander Berlage reflecting the meeting of Spanish and Italian Baroque.

For more, head to the Brandenburg Orchestra website