Presented by Theatre North and Van Diemen's Band

VDB's hugely popular Lunchbox Concert Series comes to Launceston in 2024.

Curated by VDB’s artistic director, Julia Fredersdorff, our immensely popular lunchtime concert series debuts in Launceston.

Escape the hustle and bustle and step into an oasis of calm listening to beautiful music in a casual and welcoming setting, with an eclectic program of music spanning a rich variety of genres and styles - all for the price of a sandwich!

CONCERT #1: WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE - LUKE PLUMB & JAMES CRABB 

Experience the virtuosic wizardry of two absolute masters of their craft - Tasmanian mandolinist Luke Plumb and Scottish-born, Australian-based James Crabb (piano accordion) - lighting up the stage with a stunning mix of folk, world and mando-pop!

CONCERT #2: WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE - QUERCUS TRIO

A piano trio with a difference! Combining French horn, violin and piano, Melbourne’s Quercus Trio joyfully explore the extensive palette of colours and musical possibilities of their unusual lineup of instruments with a program of Elena Kats-Chernin, Larry Sitsky and Peter Sculthorpe.

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CONCERT #3: WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE - MINI VAN DIEMEN'S BAND

A pocket-sized version of VDB performs a tempting selection of Baroque favourites. Guest violinist Lucinda Moon is joined by Katie Yap (viola), Donald Nicolson (on VDB’s fabulous new harpsichord!) and special guests Natasha Kraemer (cello) and Nick Pollock (theorbo). The program traverses Renaissance and Baroque Italy and Germany with works by Corelli, Caldara, Hildegard von Bingen and Gabrielli.

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CONCERT #4: WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE - XYRIS QUARTET

Discover the beguiling sounds of vintage saxophones, with Benjamin Price (soprano), Jabra Latham (alto), Thomas McKay (tenor) & Eva Nilssen (baritone) performing works by Bach through to Xenakis, alongside new Tasmanian works. 

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CONCERT #5: WEDNESDAY 3 JULY - A CAPELLA SURPRISE! 

Introducing .... Van Diemen's Voices! Directed by acclaimed lutruwitan/Tasmanian vocalist, composer and music director Quin Thomson, VDV explores the incredible array of music written for vocal ensemble.

This sublimely meditative performance celebrates reflective and transfixing works from the 12th-13th Centuries, including the mystic and visionary abbess, Hildegard of Bingen, alongside works by 21st century lutruwitan/Tasmanian composers Quin Thomson, Teri Young and Emily Sheppard. 

Interspersed with these entrancing vocal performances are instrumental interludes from Van Diemen's Fiddles, bringing the Winter Lunchbox Concert series in Launceston to a captivating close.

"I can't believe I can fit a world-class experience like this into the middle of my day for $10. It's wild. A transporting, beautiful interlude which takes me out of the noise and into the music. Thank you. "
— Audience member

Partners

Luke Plumb & James Crabb

Luke Plumb, mandolin

James Crabb, piano accordion

Quercus Trio

Carla Blackwood, French horn

Rhodri Clark, piano

Elizabeth Sellars, violin

Mini Van Diemen's Band

Lucinda Moon, Baroque Violin

Katie Yap, viola

Natasha Kraemer, cello

Nicholas Pollock, theorbo

Donald Nicolson, harpsichord 

Please note that Julia Fredersdorff will no longer be performing in this concert as previously advertised, due to injury.

Xyris Quartet

XYRIS QUARTET “thrilling to listen to... technically secure... spectacularly so” - Peter Donnelly (The Mercury) comprises Tasmanian contemporary-classical saxophonists Benjamin Price (soprano saxophone), Jabra Latham (alto saxophone), Thomas McKay (tenor saxophone), and Eva Nilssen (baritone saxophone), performing captivating blends of classical and contemporary music.

Their performances encompass classical masterpieces, ranging from the works of Bach, to modern compositions, and brand new music, ensuring a diverse and immersive experience for their audiences and bridging the gap between centuries of musical tradition. Xyris’ performances highlight the incredible versatility of the saxophone, exploring genres from classical classics to experimental contemporary pieces, underscoring the saxophone's evolution as an instrument and its potential for profound artistic expression.

Xyris Quartet has recorded and performed for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and appeared as soloists with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra in the premiere of Jabra Latham’s Three Days of Rain.

Notably, Xyris performs exclusively on vintage saxophones that preserve the acoustic properties intended by the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax. This rare choice serves to present a lush and lyrical sound world, adding an extra layer of uniqueness to their performances.

A Capella Surprise!

Quin Thomson, Director and soprano

Van Diemen's Voices

Van Diemen's Fiddles:

Julia Fredersdorff, Baroque Violin & Artistic Director

Rachel Meyers, violin

Katie Yap, viola

This project was made possible by the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

CONCERT #2: QUERCUS TRIO

Catherine Likhuta (b. 1981) Tangle and Tear

Larry Sitsky (b. 1934) Barerq

Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957) Velvet Revolution (movements 1-3)
I. Hymn
II. Freeze
III. Fountain

Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014) Night Song

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Horn Trio

IV. Finale. Allegro con brio

CONCERT #3: MINI VAN DIEMEN'S BAND

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Sonata a 3 in D major Opus 4 No. 4 
Preludio Grave – Corrente allegro – Adagio – Giga allegro

Domenico Gabrielli (1659-1690) Cello Sonata in G Major

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) Sonata in D minor K.64 & Sonata in D minor K.141

Sequentia/Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) Processional of Embodied Souls 

Antonio Caldara (1670-1736) Trio sonata in E minor Opus 1 No. 5 
Grave – Vivace – Adagio – Vivace

CONCERT #4: XYRIS QUARTET

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) "Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden" BWV 230 Seite 1

Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) Passacaglia after G.F Handel's Suite No. 7 in G minor for Harpsichord, arr. Jabra Latham for saxophone quartet

Karlin Love Movements 1 and 5 from Emerald Boa for clarinet quartet, arr. for saxophone quartet

Percy Grainger (1882-1961) Shepherd's Hey

J.S. Bach Prelude No. 4 in C-sharp minor BWV 849

Jabra Latham Over the Fence

Britney Spears, Cathy Dennis, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback Toxic

Event and ticketing details

Date & Time

Luke Plumb & James Crabb Wed 5 June
1.05 - 1.50pm
Quercus Trio Wed 12 June
1.05 - 1.50pm
Mini Van Diemen's Band Wed 19 June
1.05 - 1.50pm
Xyris Quartet Wed 26 June
1.05 - 1.50pm
A Capella Surprise! Wed 3 July
1.05 - 1.50pm

Tickets

Pre-booked / Friends of Theatre North $10.00
Door sales $15.00
Companion Card Holder Free

Location

Princess Theatre, Launceston

57 Brisbane St, Launceston TAS 7250

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Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Event notes

Duration

Each Lunchbox Concert is a 45-minute performance with no interval.

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