Kettering Concert 2021-05-16
Alexandra Békés (Cello), Natalya Bing (Violin), Dianne Legg (Piano)
Dolcissimo Uscignolo – Paul Stanhope (1969 -)
Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sunday 16 May 2021, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall
SOLD OUT Tickets for 12 noon available. $15 plus small transaction fee
Alexandra Békés (née Legg) is a professional cellist and teacher currently living in Hobart. She completed her Bachelor of Music with first class honours in 2019, studying with TSO principal cellist Sue-Ellen Paulsen. During her studies she was awarded the D&MV McDonald Scholarship, which allowed her to study with Raphael Wallfisch, Rebecca Gilliver and Alexander Chaushian in London. In 2020 she continued her performance studies with Trish Dean at Griffith University in Queensland.
Alex performs with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has previously performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute. This year Alex will be performing regularly in and around Tasmania, and is privileged to be able to continue working under the guidance of Tasmanian and Australian cello icon, Christian Wojtowicz.
In her spare time Alex thoroughly enjoys hiking around Tasmania, playing squash with her husband Jono and hanging out with her St Bernard dogs.
Natalya Bing is a classically-trained violinist based in Hobart. She recently completed her Masters of Music at the University of Tasmania with the research topic "Finding the Lost Art: Methods and use of improvisation on the violin in Western classical music and it's importance for revival in our current musical environment". She has collaborated with many Australian and international musicians and artists in styles ranging from electronic to mathcore and jazz. She performs with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with notable artists such as Costume (Dark Mofo 2019), Olafúr Arnalds (Sydney Opera House 2016) and Bruce Springsteen (Brisbane 2014). Her hobbies include bushwalking, surfing, reading and painting. She volunteers weekly for community run charity; Short of A Sheet, supporting people experiencing homelessness in Hobart.
Hobart pianist Dianne Legg began music studies in Tamworth playing pipe organ in local church services and violin with the Tamworth Youth Orchestra before completing a Bachelor of Music through the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, studying piano with Graeme Buchanon and Beryl Sedivka.
She is a professional pianist/accompanist working for St. Michael’s Collegiate and throughout the Hobart community, performing with local artists, Chris Kimber, Sue-Ellen Paulsen and David Nuttall and for musical festivals: AISOI, Festival of Voices The Melbourne Opera Co. and Hip Pocket Opera.
She has performed regularly with the Hartz and Argos piano trios in Tasmania, and operates a dynamic piano teaching practice within the Hutchins school, St. Michael’s Collegiate and from her Snug teaching studio.
Botaniko (Esperanto for botanical) is a small group of dedicated botanical artists, many of whom were past students of one of Australia's leading botanical artists, Lauren Black. The group formed independently in 2014 meeting to paint together on a weekly basis. In 2015, the group formally adopted the name Botaniko. Botaniko's first exhibition (Dec 2014 - Mar 2015), was held in the Asylum, at Port Arthur Historic site, depicting some of the plants introduced into the gardens in the mid 1800's. Since then, by invitation, Botaniko has collaborated towards yearly themed exhibitions based on gardens of historical significance in Southern Tasmania. Today's exhibition is a selection of works from the 2020-21 exhibition, Frederick Mackie - Quaker plantsman. Frederick came to Van Diemen’s Land in 1852-1854 and stayed at Narryna with fellow Quakers George Washington Walker and James Backhouse. During his stay he wrote his journal Traveller under Concern in which he details the plants he saw during his stay, both introduced and endemic. He was a regular visitor to the Gardens writing in his journal, This morning I walked to the Botanic Gardens, which is a delightful spot…. Here is a noble tree of Araucaria Excelsa (Norfolk Island Pine) bearing cones. This tree still grows here today.
Botaniko members, inspired by Frederick’s journal, have portrayed many of these plants in this exhibition through botanical paintings and drawings.