Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra have celebrated a significant win in the Helpmann Awards in the midst of preparations for their Blazing Baroque tour featuring our modern baroque stars.
Blazing Baroque brings to the stage the thrilling orchestral music of the baroque with the virtuosic members of the orchestra taking the spotlight, Paul says: "It’s pretty rare in our performing calendar to be able to enjoy the stage all by ourselves, and so I have assembled a dream team of Brandenburg artists for this Blazing Baroque concert. They are the stars of the Australian baroque scene - passionate, brave and fearless - and playing on period instruments of the eighteenth century."
The Helpmann for Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert was awarded to the Brandenburg for the 2015 concert that brought these talented musicians to the stage with the internationally acclaimed acrobats of the Brisbane-based Circa Contemporary Circus and divine French soprano Claire Lefilliâtre.
In accepting the Helpmann Award last night, Deputy General Manager Bridget O’Brien said: “Our production of French Baroque with Circa was a collaboration that came out of the brilliant minds of two of Australia’s great artistic directors, Paul Dyer from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and Circa’s, Yaron Lifschitz.”
"This joyous music of the baroque played by extraordinary musicians, along with these incredible acrobats, demonstrated that pure entertainment can still be of exceedingly high standards, as well as sheer enjoyment. And very relevant for today’s classical music concert hall,” said Bridget.