February 19, 2013

The Utzon Room is one of those magical spaces I can only imagine existing in Sydney. Tucked under the eaves at the North-East end of Jørn Utzon’s iconic Opera House, it’s an elegant, intimate room designed for receptions and parties. But its folded concrete beams and soap-washed Blue Gum floors also mean that its acoustics are no less majestic than the view – overlooking Farm Cove and across the Harbour to the Heads. A perfect salon, then, in which to listen to chamber music. Which is just what I will be doing next Sunday the 24th when pianist Dejan Lazić regales us with his masterful repertoire of Scarlatti and Bartók. The thirty-something Croatian only made his debut with the BBC Philharmonic in 2011, and I’m intrigued to hear how this new talent tackles two of my favourite European masters of the sonata. The Utzon Program is a savvy lineup of visiting and local talent, throughout 2013. Book your seats, or make a donation to the Opera House. See you there!

Author: Nick tobias