Slavonic Splendour

At Sir George Kneipp Auditorium (JCU) on 25th June 2022 at 5:30pm


Featuring our guest conductor Theodore Kuchar

Theodore Kuchar hardly needs an introduction to Townsville audiences as he is one of our celebrated sons. He founded the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and was its Artistic Director for 17 years. The Townsville City Council together with AFCM established the annual Theodore Kuchar Music Scholarship in recognition of his contribution to the development and enhanceent of this city's cultural identity. Multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is one of the most recorded conductor of his generation and appears on over 130 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine, Marco Polo and Toccata Classics labels. Having recently accepted the positions as Principal Conductor of the Ukrainian Festival Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Ukrainian National Opera and Ballet in Lviv he has served as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) while also serving as the Principal Conductor of the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Sinfonietta. In the 2011-12 season he commenced his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela and prior to that served as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. In addition to his conducting activities he has served as the Artistic Director of two of the world’s most important chamber music festivals, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1991-2007) and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival (2003-2018).
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Music Programme

Antonin Dvorak

  • The Water Goblin (Vodnik), Op. 107

Carl Reinecke

  • Harp Concerto in E minor, Op. 182 Second Movement: Adagio
    Leah Li, Harp

Richard Wagner

  • Erda’s Warning from Das Rheingold
    Lyubov Dika, Contralto

Ukraininan Folksong, Orch. Theodore Kuchar

  • I Know That I Have Sinned
    Lyubov Dika, Contralto

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • Symphony No. 5

Guest Artist: Leah Li


Townsville based harpist Leah Xiang Li enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician…


Concert Programme:

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Photo Gallery

Photo Credit: Chrissy Maguire