BasementArtsProject are dipping their toes in the world of classical music in September as we welcome guitarist Claire Angel Bonner to South Leeds.
Claire is an Australian classical music guitarist currently living in Italy; she has spent the summer touring France, Italy and Switzerland. Intrigued by our tiny little art project with big ideas tucked away in a South Leeds side street, Claire will be stopping off between London and Edinburgh to perform a series of works from the 19th Century, before heading for Australia.
Claire has generously offered to do a free performance for the community on ‘The Corner’ Pocket Sculpture Park opposite BasementArtsProject
Thursday 28th September | 1:30pm
In the 19th century, Italian opera was heard not only in the opera houses but at home and on the street: far from being an elite form of entertainment this was people’s music, and it told universal and timeless stories of the quest for love and home.
‘Home…is where the heart is’
The universal search for love is told in melodies from three of Italy’s most beloved and romantic opera composers: Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi.
This short programme presents three fantasies (each approximately 10 minutes long) by the 19th century guitarist and composer Johann Kaspar Mertz. Originally from Bratislava which at that time was the Hungarian capital, he spent a great part of his life in Vienna and was celebrated in his lifetime as both virtuoso and composer.
Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
Fantasy on La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
Fantasy on L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Fantasy on La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
This performance is FREE and open to everyone to attend
Later on in the evening there will a second performance at 7:30pm of related but different works at BasementArtsProject. The cost of this performance will be £10 (£11.01 w/ Booking Fee) There will be free Wine, Tea, Coffee and a slice of homemade brownie made by another member of the Basement Crew.
The whole day will be dedicated to Sally Bagnall, an ardent supporter of BasementArtsProject, stalwart of the Leeds Art Scene and lover of classical music who died in December 2022. There will be a programme containing details of the performance and a dedication to Sally available to each ticket holder for the evening performance. There are only 30 tickets for the evening event.
There will also be the opportunity afterwards to view the ongoing exhibition ‘Junction‘ by Griet Beyaert and Silvia Liebig
Book your ticket for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/claire-angel-bonner-home-lost-found-tickets-631728766747?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete
BasementArtsProject can be found at 28 Back Burton Terrace, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5JH
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Also on display at BasementArtsProject ‘Junction‘ by Griet Beyaert and Silvia Liebig