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EMMA LIPPA and Colin Peasley with ‘Marvellous Music'

On Tuesday 15 February 2011 a large and enthusiastic audience was entertained by Emma Lippa, pianist of The Australian Ballet and a world-renowned ballet pianist for decades.

Emma was introduced by Colin Peasley, OAM., Artist in Residence at The Australian Ballet, and he spoke of her extraordinary career with the Bolshoi Ballet over many decades. Emma has played for the cream of the ballet world and her understanding and love of dancers is manifest in her accompaniment of them.

Emma played music from ballet as well-known as The Sleeping Beauty and also those we had not heard before. She spoke of the libretto behind the music, telling the stories and the background and then playing the works in her inimitable style. It is often said by dancers that her music makes them want to dance and lifts them to a new level. ‘Emma plays like an orchestra’.

The final touching and atmospheric music played by Emma was Tchaikovsky’s, used for one of the most beautiful ballets of them all, Onegin.

Ballet Society President, Josie Woodgate OAM, thanked both guests and, as Emma took her bow, the audience just kept on applauding. A wonderful evening of music topped off by a tasty supper in The Dancers' Deli.


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