Music Amica to light up Applecross Uniting Church next month

Soprano Alexandra Bak will perform at Music Amica’s June concert.
Soprano Alexandra Bak will perform at Music Amica’s June concert.

APPLECROSS music society Music Amica’s June concert will feature a wonderful line-up of local musicians when it takes place on June 16 at Applecross Uniting Church.

The concert features a selection of operatic arias and music theatre songs performed by baritone Robert Hofmann, who has sung with WA Opera as well as in concert and recital across Australia.

He burst onto the cabaret scene with his award-winning show Desperately Young at Heart and has performed it in Sydney, Melbourne and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Multi-award winning clarinettist Ashley Smith is an Assistant Professor at the University of WA and an internationally demanded soloist and chamber musician.

His performance of Lachlan Skipworth’s Clarinet Concerto with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra was awarded the APRA 2015 Performance of the Year, and he has won numerous awards and fellowships.

He will play the exquisite slow movement from Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in F minor Op 120 as well as a Fantasie on themes from Verdi’s La Traviata.

Ashley will be joined by soprano Alexandra Bak to perform Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, D.965.

Written in the last few months of Schubert’s life, the work was written as a concert showpiece and gives equal voice to the singer and clarinettist.

Bak will also perform a selection of songs and arias, accompanied by pianist Lea Hayward.

Entry is by $25 donation, payable at the door, and supper is served after the concert.