Thursday, July 14, 2016

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne

Last night we attended a concert by the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, a chamber music ensemble who did a very good job playing Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, and Borne. There was an excellent violinist and a flautist to play the solos. The flute player was outstanding.

The concert was in St. Stephens Uniting Church. The Uniting Church of Australia was established on 22 June 1977 when most congregations of the Methodist Church of Australasia, the Presbyterian Church of Australia and the Congregational Union of Australia came together. The particular church we were in was formerly a Presbyterian church, as we could tell from from the marble memorial on the wall for those list during the Great War 1914-1918.
  The first violin player also doubled as a singer and she beautifully sang  a piece by Handel, and in the encore, a piece by Chopin. The solo violinist is 26 years old and quite good.

We sat near some very friendly people where were eager to share a program with us. Like everyone else we've met here, Australians are tremendously friendly and helpful. Australia is a great place to be and the music was the icing on the cake.