Llewellyn Hall

Ye Olde England

Thursday 21st Nov - 7:00pm
Larry Sitsky Recital Room
The Phoenix Collective

Pianist Dr Edward Neeman (Juilliard School) teams up  with Violinist, Dan Russell (Artistic Director, Phoenix Collective)for a recital from Ye Olde England.

Calm, restful works evoking scenes of lush green pastures and mother England. Violin and piano sonatas by Delius and Elgar pave the way for one of the most exquisite works in the violin repertoire, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. A work based on English poet, George Meredith’s poem:

...For singing till his heaven fills,

'Tis love of earth that he instils,

And ever winging up and up,

Our valley is his golden cup

And he the wine which overflows

to lift us with him as he goes

The Australian-American pianist Edward Neeman has performed across five continents. Critics have lauded him as a “true artist” with “an excellent technique” who “isn’t afraid to put a distinctive stamp on whatever he touches, without resorting to mannerism.” A top prizewinner of numerous international piano competitions, including first prize in the Joaquín Rodrigo Competition in Madrid, Dr. Neeman has appeared as a soloist with the Prague Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the American West Symphony among others.

“They brought this music alive through a dynamic performance...Phoenix know the music they perform, and they do it well...The group gave it their all in an exciting and captivating style. The audience loved it and it showed the individual talents of the group.”

- R. Kennedy, City News