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Twilight Musical Dialogues – Apollo’s Gift: Music and the Mind

Friday 2 March @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

$25 – $45
Apollos gift

Following our 2017 season which traversed the globe, our 2018 Season embraces passionate musicians who are also great thinkers. Twilight Musical Dialogues presents music neurologists, educators, philosophers and performers in recital, in their 2018 subscription series “Musical Luminati”. The first of the four-concerts is ‘Apollo’s Gift: Music and the Mind’.

A presentation by a world-leading authority on music and the mind, plus works fit for a King from the Baroque, and a premiere by Kats-Chernin (commissioned by Walker), with the use of computer-graphics to project the motions of the live performer into those of a skeleton-animation. This concert is the opening of the HMRI Music and Mind Symposium.


Elena Kats-Chernin Apollo’s Gift (world Premiere) with a surprise visualisation by Musicians’ Physiotherapist, Dr Bronwen Ackermann
Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach Trio Sonata in B flat Wq.161/2 (H.578)
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude, Cello Suite No. 1 BWV 1007
Johann Joachim Quantz Trio Sonata in A minor QV 2:40


Prof. Eckart Altenmüller – Flute and Presenter
Sally Walker
– Flute
Peter Guy – Organ
Benjamin Crosby – Cello (Featured Youth Performer)
Dr Bronwen Ackermann – Visualisation


Venue – Adamstown Uniting Church
Time – 7pm (approx. duration of concert 1 hour). Wine tasting from 6pm.
Ticket for a single concert: $45 / $25 (conc. incl Seniors)
Ticket for subscription series (all 4 concerts): $145 / $80 (conc.)
Pre-booking strongly advised: book online through trybooking


Sally Walker

Sally Walker is Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle and Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University. She was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and was awarded prizes from the DAAD, Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen’s Trust. She was Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, a member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras and performed in the London Proms, Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh and Tanglewood festivals. She is Artistic Director of the “Twilight Musical Dialogues” chamber music series, collaborates with Halcyon and is guest Flautist with the Omega Ensemble. She has performed in over twenty countries and numerous composers have dedicated works to her, including Elena Kats-Chernin’s “Night and Now” Concerto.

Prof. Eckart AltenmüllerEckart Altenmüller is a University Professor and Medical Doctor with an active research and concert career. He studied flute with Christian Lardé at the Paris Conservatoire of Music and continued his studies in Freiburg with Aurèle Nicolèt, André Jaunet and William Bennett. He obtained his Concert Diploma in 1985 and pursued an active concert career in various chamber music ensembles and as a soloist. His clinical training was in the Department of Neurology in Freiburg and Tübingen as a Neurologist and Neurophysiologist. In 1994, he became Chair and Director of the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine at the Hannover University of Music and Drama, a position he has held for the past 22 years. In this role, he has continued his research into sensory-motor learning and movement disorders in musicians, into emotional processes while listening to music and into neurologic music therapy. He has published more than 250 scientific articles and has edited seven books. Since 2005, Dr. Altenmüller is member of the prestigious Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Vice-President of the German Society for Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine. In 2013, he received the Science Award from the State of Lower Saxony and since 2015 he is vice-president of the University of Music, Drama and Media, Hannover.

Peter Guy at organPeter Guy is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. An honours graduate and University Medallist of the University of Newcastle (where he studied pipe organ and conducting with Dr Philip Matthias), Peter has a strong association with the musical life of Newcastle. Peter was a national keyboard finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Award in 2003, performing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has undertaken international tours with the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir, has performed as part of the national conferences of the Organ Historical Society in the United States, and has recently returned from the UK, where he directed the inaugural international tour of Christ Church Cathedral Choir. Peter has recorded two solo organ compilations, directed Christ Church Cathedral Choir in recording and enjoys an active recital schedule around Australia.



Ben Crosby on CelloBen Crosby (Featured Youth Performer) is an aspiring young cellist with a passion for both modern and baroque cello. He attended the Riverina Summer School for Strings and was accepted into Australian Haydn Ensemble’s String Workshop and played in the Newcastle Music Festival’s “Baroque and Beyond” with Sally Walker. He is a member of the Newcastle Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra and performed Bach’s Arioso (BWV 156) as soloist with the Intermediate String Ensemble at the Newcastle Conservatorium. He feels fortunate to currently have a diversity of mentors, including cellists Anne Berry (with whom he learns as a scholarship holder at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Community Music Programme), Anthony Albrecht, Oliver Miller and historical music specialists including Georgia Browne, Melissa Farrow, Rosalind Halton and Sally Walker.





Friday 2 March
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$25 – $45
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Adamstown Uniting Church – Church Auditorium
228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia


Twilight Musical Dialogues

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