A cadenza of light classics

Judit Molnar. Supplied.

By Jim Fagan

Are you partial to Puccini, or a mix of Mozart, Bizet and Gershwin?

Then a concert of light classics later this month in Noosaville in the new chamber music series Coastal Cadenzas is for you.

Queensland soprano Judit Molnar, who was so impressive in Noosa Chorale’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah at The J last month, is back, this time with fellow musicians, Sacha Gibbs McPhee (clarinet) and Janet Brewer (piano).

Among the selection of songs and arias she will sing are Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, Bizet’s Habanera and Gershwin’s Summertime, plus Spohr’s Six German Lieder, and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Hungarian-born Judit’s voice, which former Chorale music director Adrian King describes as “lyric and dramatic,” has been heard in chamber concerts, festivals, oratorios and on opera stages across Europe, the UK, Japan and her adopted country Australia.

The second concert in the series, Coastal Cadenzas had its inaugural and highly acclaimed concert at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Noosaville in February. The concerts have been organised by Sacha, who graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 and was accepted into the master’s program at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He studied with Christopher Richards (LSO), Timothy Lines, Andrew Marriner, and Patrick Messina, and was selected to represent the Academy in solo and chamber performances around the country.

Janet regularly performs across South East Queensland. She is a performer and artistic director of Pacific Chamber Players which has been bringing quality chamber music to the Sunshine Coast for over 20 years. She also plays with Camerata, Arioso Chamber Ensemble and Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra, as well as in other various combinations. She has been Noosa Chorale’s accompanist for 10 years.

Coastal Cadenza, 3pm Sunday 23 June at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Hall, Noosaville. Tickets are available online at sachagibbsmcphee.com/performances or cash at the door. Adults $40 / Concessions $35.