NEWSLETTER December 2016
ASQ and Slava Grigoryan
On Sunday, 11th of December, our 2016 Season officially came to an end with the Australian String Quartet and guitar virtuoso Slava Grigoryan giving an intoxicating performance of works by Charles Edward Horsley, Wolfgang Muthspiel, György Ligeti, and Iain Grandage. The concert was recorded for future CD release and served as a thrilling conclusion to what has been an overwhelmingly successful 2016 Season.  

Earlier in November, we had internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Piers Lane up at UKARIA to officially christen our magnificent new Bösendorfer 214VC. He performed an electrifying program including Mozart’s Sonata in B flat major, K. 333, Beethoven’s immortal Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’, a selection of Carl Vine’s The Anne Landa Preludes, Chopin’s Ballade No.3 in A flat major, Op. 47, and concluded with Liszt’s Venezia e Napoli. The concert elicited a well-deserved standing ovation, and received an excellent review in The Advertiser. Later, on his Facebook page, Piers shared his experience of playing at UKARIA:  

‘This afternoon I had the inestimable privilege and pleasure of giving the first recital on the new Bösendorfer at UKARIA, the intimate, year-old, glorious concert hall at Ngeringa near Mount Barker in South Australia. The whole area is supremely beautiful and UKARIA something very special.’

Piers Lane
2017 Season
Since our last newsletter hit your inbox, we’ve had a phenomenal response to our 2017 Season. On the first day our new season launched and tickets sales went live, we sold over 1,300 tickets! At the time of writing, four concerts have already sold out – Lacey, Wright, Yeadon and Peres Da Costa; the Goldner String Quartet; Rowell, Henbest, Cobcroft and Collins; and Kate Ceberano with Paul Grabowsky. But like always, we have opened up a waiting list in the event that some of our ticket holders are unable to attend.

Konstantin Shamray’s Piano Recital in May is dangerously close to selling out; likewise Umberto Clerici with Daniel de Borah in October is also getting close. Ticket orders are still flowing in, so for those of you who haven’t booked yet, we’d recommend getting your orders in before the year ends to avoid missing out on your preference.
Friends of the Garden
Friends of the Garden

During the summer months, the garden at UKARIA is at its most colourful and vibrant. Pinks, purples, yellows and reds burst forth in full bloom as the ambrosia of lavender and rosemary wafts through the summer air. The UKARIA Cultural Centre sits on what was once the Jurlique Herb Farm, where many of the herbs and plants used for natural skin care products were grown. One old tradition may be gone, but the roses that colour our garden today are the original roses from the Jurlique Show Garden that have survived transplantation to the new Herb Farm while our Cultural Centre was under construction, and back again. Ulrike Klein’s passion for horticulture remains undimmed and, thanks to the efforts of the passionate people who work here, our garden remains as alive and exuberant as ever.  

For the first time in 2017, we are offering our patrons the opportunity to become a ‘Friend of the Garden’ and to participate in special morning events held once a month. These volunteer events will give those who have a passion for gardening the chance to spend a few hours working on our beautiful grounds, to catch up with like-minded garden lovers over a cup of tea, and to soak up the morning sunshine and be immersed in the natural beauty of the Ngeringa property. Our first event will be held on 15 February 2017, from 10am-1pm. To register your interest, sign up here.

On Saturday, 10 December at Arts South Australia’s Ruby Awards, Ulrike was jointly awarded the Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award, together with Rob Brookman, the Executive Director of the State Theatre Company South Australia. Presented by the Arts Minister, Jack Snelling, the award recognises and celebrates Ulrike’s legacy as a visionary philanthropist for the arts. You can see the full list of winners here, and read more about this story in this article from The Sunday Mail.
Highly Strung
At the last Adelaide Film Festival, UKARIA held a special screening of the film Highly Strung, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Scott Hicks (Shine). The documentary explores the appeal and intrigue of string instruments, taking us from the modest homes of the musicians who make up the Australian String Quartet to the picturesque violin-crafting township of Cremona, Italy, to Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel – home to the Carpenter family. Featuring footage filmed at UKARIA, along with interviews with Ulrike Klein and Alison Beare, the film had its national cinema release in May. We’re pleased to announce that on February 12th at 10pm, the film will be broadcasted on the ABC, so please put the date down in your diaries!  

You can watch a trailer of Highly Strung here.
Summer Reading
‘Childhood dreams do come true sometimes, but often in unpredictable ways’.  

Ulrike Klein  

In the December issue of Limelight Magazine, our Founder and Director Ulrike Klein reveals a childhood violinist’s dream ultimately fulfilled and describes the cosmic power of Bach in a very candid and personal ‘My Music’ feature. The article concisely chronicles Ulrike’s story from her childhood in a picturesque village in Germany, to stepping inside UKARIA Cultural Centre for the first time. You can read about the one piece of music she cannot live without by purchasing a copy of Limelight Magazine from any good newsagency, or by clicking here.
Choosing No. 7

‘I just looked at my documents, this is the first 214VC (Bösendorfer) in Australia. A new era of pianos begins in Australia’.
So reads email correspondence from Pascal Siegl, Sales Representative at the Bösendorfer factory in Vienna, to Alison Beare, Chief Executive Office of UKARIA, dated 19 July 2016.  

In ‘Choosing No. 7’, the first in a series of long-form stories for our website, the process of selecting the perfect piano for UKARIA is chronicled, from initial conversations with Christoff Eggner, who visited the Bösendorfer factory to personally select ‘No. 7’, to responses from pianists who have visited UKARIA to play the instrument – Konstantin Shamray and Piers Lane. Click here to read the full story.
If you’re stuck for ideas for last minute Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones, here are some of our suggestions:



Last month, the first volume of Slava Grigoryan’s new Bach recording project, the Cello Suites, was released on the ABC Classics label. Slava is one of Australia’s most illustrious guitarists, and his new album is perhaps his most intimate yet, recorded on the richly resonant baritone guitar in the exquisite acoustics of UKARIA Cultural Centre. Since it’s release in November, the album has been at No.1 on the ARIA Top 10 Classical Albums Chart for five consecutive weeks, so it goes without saying that Slava’s album would be the perfect gift to fill those Christmas stockings!  

To watch a clip with Slava introducing the recording and discussing the baritone guitar, click here.


James Crabb

For that special friend or close family member, you might consider gifting a weekend pass to UKARIA 24. We are delighted to welcome Scottish accordion virtuoso James Crabb to curate UKARIA 24 in August 2017. James is an artist who consistently captivates – someone who is recognised as an international ambassador of his instrument. The music of Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Golijov will frame a disparate journey from the Baroque sonatas of Scarlatti to a contemporary tour de force by Sofia Gubaidulina in a weekend celebrating the Argentinean Tango Nuevo. By experiencing our flagship weekend event in its entirely, you’ll save 25% off the price for the individual concerts. To book tickets, click here.
As I write this newsletter – our final for 2016 – I’m looking out towards the Adelaide Hills and it’s impossible not to feel an overwhelming sense of optimism for the year ahead as the sun slips beyond the horizon and the resplendent indigo swirls of a late Jacaranda blossom brings another year to an end.  

To all of you who have supported UKARIA this year by purchasing a ticket, making a donation or just by simply showing your interest by signing up to receive this newsletter, thank you. Your support is invaluable to us, and we look forward to seeing you at one of the many exciting events at UKARIA in 2017.  

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From all of us at UKARIA, we wish you a very merry Christmas and the best of luck for what we hope will be a very special new year.  

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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