Internationally acclaimed flutist Jane Rutter heads a world class selection of musicians for a concert series with a delicious difference – you can sit down to lunch with the musicians afterwards!
The much-loved Live at Lunch concert series has been bringing joy to the senses at the beautiful Chatswood Concert Hall for the past 11 years. The concerts offer a unique blend of beautiful classical music, and the opportunity to share a meal with the stars who create it after the concert. Artistic Director and internationally acclaimed Australian-French Flutist Jane Rutter heads a group of the most talented musicians in Australia for this beautifully curated concert series.
Jane has performed throughout the world and has accrued an immense portfolio of albums and accolades in her career thus far. Eleven years ago, she was approached by Willoughby City Council and Century Venues and was delighted by the proposition of putting together “a socially inclusive concert series of fine music.” – ensuring music was accessible to all with a low ticket price from $33.
“I have always delighted in my role as a classical trailblazer, and a facilitator for my fellow musicians,” says Jane. “So of course I jumped at the chance to preside over a series which would bring some of the world’s finest musicians to the stage of The Concert Hall at The Concourse Chatswood. I believe it is one of, if not the finest Concert Hall in the country.”
Jane has fond memories of attending concerts at the Willoughby Townhall with her mother, as well as her first ever flute teacher being based in Chatswood prior to his retirement. “The neighbourhood is very dear to my heart,” she says.
This year’s series has three concerts remaining to round out 2023:
From Vienna With Love – Wednesday 6 September
Paciﬁc Opera’s Live at Lunch success in 2022 sees a superb new vocal quartet of rising opera stars return with works by Strauss, Kreisler, Mozart, Stolz, Schubert, and Lehár.
Joined by popular pianist John Martin and ﬂutist artistic director Jane Rutter, this concert is a further tribute to Live at Lunch patron, conductor Maestro Richard Bonynge.
Debussy and Friends – Wednesday 11 October
Virtuoso instrumentalists ﬂutist Jane Rutter (chevalier des arts et lettres), harpist Louise Johnson (former principal, Sydney Symphony Orchestra), and violist Roger Benedict (former principal, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) play Debussy’s sublime ‘Sonata for Flute, Harp and Viola’, ‘Pavane pour un infante défunte’ by Ravel and and works by Saint-saëns, Jongen, Fauré, Hasselmans and Poulenc.
A concert of musical ‘jewels’ from the city of Paris.
Three to Tango! Piazzolla, Mambo, Salsa! – Wednesday 15 November
Two of Australia’s best tango musicians, sensational Chilean-born Australian concert pianist and composer Daniel Rojas, and bandoneón player Stephen Cuttriss are joined by legendary ﬂutist Jane Rutter in a concert of electrifying tango and folk-inﬂuenced music.
Rich, vibrant Latin American music, with irresistible rhythms and a cornucopia of melodies, including works by Piazzolla, de Abreu, original compositions and classical favourites. A stunning musical celebration to round oﬀ the Live at Lunch year.
Jane chooses her themes and soloists with great care. The themes come to her first and then she goes about finding the right musicians to match each concert.
“The end result is a balanced program of instrumentalists, singers, chamber groups, Jazz and crossover groups. It’s diverse and features fine music from classical to crossover, world music and music theatre,” she says.
Not only do audience members get to watch and listen to a stunning musical experience, but they then are able to sit down and enjoy a meal with the performing artists.
Jane says this has become one of her favourite aspects of the concerts and that she has made several great friends over the 11 years of the series.
It is no doubt this desire by the performers to form an affinity with the audience that truly sets Live at Lunch apart from other concerts.
Live at Lunch
Adult and Lunch $64
Concession and Lunch $58