MUSIC SHOALHAVEN INC.
VERNA LEE and ALICIA CROSSLEY
25 NOVEMBER 2018
Berry Uniting Church | 2 pm
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Verna and Alicia present a beautiful repertoire of historical and modern music on the recorder, Baroque triple harp and pedal harp.
VERNA has won critical acclaim for her performances. Her playing was recently described as “all tears and goosebumps”. With no less than 45 concerto performances to date, she has built a reputation as a versatile soloist with Australian premieres of concertos and many performances of the ever-popular Mozart and Handel harp concertos. After making her solo debut at the age of 15, she has performed many recitals and has toured Australia as a soloist. In 2012, Verna was awarded a grant for her sold-out multi-media performances The Harp In Nature which showcased stunning images of the Australian landscape set to harp works by Australian composers. This recital was also performed at the World Harp Congress in 2014. She has worked and recorded with various orchestras such as Singapore Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony and spent 10 years as principal harpist with Australian Youth Orchestra. Verna has also performed with international artists such as Sumi Jo, Aled Jones, Il Divo, Tina Arena, the Kiev Ballet and the Deutche Kammerakademie Neuss. She performed and appeared in the film The Matrix and has performed widely for session recordings.
ALICIA is one of Australia’s leading recorder players. She performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic works with a particular interest in bass recorder repertoire. In 2010 Alicia completed her Masters of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the instruction of recorder virtuoso Hans-Dieter Michatz. Since then Alicia has won several competitions and awards including the Don Cowell Memorial Trust Recorder Competition (2011), the Australia Council’s ArtStart Grant for emerging artists (2013), and the Fine Music 102.5 Kruger Scholarship (2014). In August 2011, Alicia released her debut solo CD Addicted to Bass featuring seven newly commissioned Australian works for bass recorder. This was followed by her second solo CD Alchemy, released in May 2015, which was nominated for Best Classical Music Album by AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association). An experienced recorder player, Alicia regularly performs throughout Australia and has toured in the USA and New Zealand. She has also presented works at a number of festivals and conferences.