NEWSLETTER November 2016
UKARIA Announces 2017 Season
It gives all of us at UKARIA tremendous pride to announce and share our 2017 Season with you - it is our most ambitious yet and promises to offer something for everyone. Tickets will be available through our website from Sunday 13 November, but like always, there are only 220 seats in our beautiful concert hall and so we encourage you to book now to reserve your place. 
2017 Season Highlights
  • Australia’s pre-eminent jazz luminary, pianist Paul Grabowsky, will curate ‘Four Voices’, a series of evening concerts with some of Australia’s finest voices inspired by the intimacy of UKARIA Cultural Centre.

  • Our flagship weekend event ‘UKARIA 24’ returns in August, curated by Scottish accordion virtuoso James Crabb.

  • Headlining our signature series ‘Sunday Afternoons’ is British violinist-extraordinaire Anthony Marwood, who joins Australia’s finest young musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) to perform works by Mozart, Schulhoff and Dvořák in December.

  • The prestigious Goldner String Quartet will make their first appearance at UKARIA in March, performing Dvořák and Beethoven.

  • In August, the winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin, will perform a special solo recital presented in partnership with the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

  • Musica Viva’s inaugural FutureMakers ensemble, Arcadia Winds, returns in July, along with two musicians of international repute: Thorsten Johanns (clarinet) and Ole Kristian Dahl (bassoon).

  • Co-presented with UKARIA, The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) will present four coffee concerts throughout the year.

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Four Voices
Paul Grabowsky

UKARIA is proud to host a beautiful new jazz series curated by ARIA Award-winning pianist Paul Grabowksy.

‘My first visit to UKARIA was a revelation. Such a beautifully designed space, acoustically perfect, with splendid energy drawn from the surrounding beauty of the Adelaide Hills: it excited me to imagine its musical possibilities, and when the opportunity arose to curate a series, it seemed natural to base it around the human voice,’ Grabowsky said.

The series of four evening concerts will begin in April with Israeli-born singer/songwriter Lior, who is known to classical music audiences for Compassion, his collaboration with composer Nigel Westlake. Long-time collaborator Vince Jones, with whom Grabowsky won an ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album in 2016 for Provenance, will appear in July.

Kate Ceberano

Kate Ceberano, one of Australia’s most iconic and enduring voices, will make a rare appearance in a 200-seat venue to perform with Grabowsky in September, while singer/songwriter Megan Washington, whose ever-evolving style eludes classification, will conclude the series with an intoxicating collaboration in November.

‘I've been fortunate throughout my career to work with some of our finest vocalists, and with this series I'm able to draw on the varied talents of four of the finest, friends all, in what I'm sure will be an intimate - and immensely satisfying - listening experience,’ Grabowsky said.
James Crabb

Our unanimously praised ‘Ngeringa 24’ weekend event in April 2016 was one of three events recently nominated for the Independent Arts Foundation for Innovation by the Adelaide Critics Circle. Returning as ‘UKARIA 24’ in 2017, the event will be curated by Scottish accordion virtuoso James Crabb. Each year, we give a particularly captivating artist the freedom to invite an eclectic array of friends into a dialogue across four concerts that offers an intrinsic distillation of their artistic vision.

‘At UKARIA we encourage ideas which take us into new territory, we aim high and dream big which is why UKARIA 24 is such an integral part of our program,’ Founder and Director Ulrike Klein said.

The music of Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Golijov will frame a disparate journey from the Baroque sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti to a contemporary tour de force by Sofia Gubaidulina in a weekend celebrating the Argentinean Tango Nuevo.
Sunday Afternoons
Anthony Marwood’s regular visits to Melbourne have become amongst the most anticipated in ANAM’s musical calendar. His love of chamber music is equal to his prowess as a concerto soloist, but to hear him work with Australia’s finest young musicians is a rare gift indeed. He performs in Mozart’s Piano Trio in G, K.496, Schulhoff’s String Sextet and Dvorák’s String Quintet No.3, Op.97 with Australia’s finest young musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in December.

In August, the winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin, will perform works by JS Bach, Schubert, Michael Kieran Harvey and Stravinsky.

‘To invite pianists of this calibre we needed an instrument with the depth, power and colour palette to match their abilities. I believe the resonance, clarity, and rich bass of our magnificent new Bösendorfer will enhance the performance of every artist who lays their hands on the keys,’ Alison Beare said.


Konstantin Shamray, the winner of the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition, will also perform a solo recital with an all-Russian program, including one of the most intimate piano cycles ever composed, Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons.

'All in all, it’s a huge leap forward for us, and by far our most ambitious program yet', Ulrike Klein said.

An audience favourite from Ngeringa 24, the Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Umberto Clerici, returns to UKARIA to perform a very special recital with pianist Daniel de Borah, tracing the development of the fugue from its origins in Bach through to Beethoven and Brahms.

'There are some artists who connect with us on the deepest level - Umberto is such an artist. We have invited him back so we can continue to be part of his musical journey,’ Ulrike Klein said.

Arcadia Winds

Musica Viva’s inaugural FutureMakers ensemble, Arcadia Winds, return to UKARIA in July, along with two musicians of international repute: Thorsten Johanns (clarinet) and Ole Kristian Dahl (bassoon) of the prestigious Hindemith Quartet.

'It’s a great gift for brilliant young musicians to have the opportunity to play in this exquisite venue, as part of such a prestigious concert series. It’s a perfect match for UKARIA and Musica Viva, as both organisations believe passionately in creating opportunities for our most gifted Australian musicians’, Musica Viva FutureMakers Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey said.
UKARIA also has the privilege of hosting Chamber Landscapes during the Adelaide Festival, an immersive weekend of chamber music celebrating Schubert and his restless wanderings, curated by pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy. Tickets are available via BASS through the Adelaide Festival website.
We have been overwhelmed at the success of our 2016 Season and very humbled by all the positive feedback we have received from so many of you this year. We’d be thrilled to have you with us again in 2017 and as always, we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Alison Beare
Chief Executive Officer

Dylan Henderson
Communications Manager
119 Williams Rd, Mt Barker Summit, South Australia, 5251
08 8227 1277 (concerts and tickets)
08 8391 0986
(functions and venue hire)
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