Latin tunes on a grand scale

MUSICAL TREAT: Ayse Goknur Shanal will take to the stage alongside Ashley Hribar on Sunday in a fine exhibition of Spanish and South American music. Photo: Stuart and Sons.
MUSICAL TREAT: Ayse Goknur Shanal will take to the stage alongside Ashley Hribar on Sunday in a fine exhibition of Spanish and South American music. Photo: Stuart and Sons.

This Sunday, the patrons of the Crisp Galleries will have the opportunity to listen to highly skilled musicians playing in tandem with one of the rarest and most unusual  instruments on earth. 

Ayse Goknur Shanal will take to the stage alongside Ashley Hribar, and the pair will use a 102-key Stuart and Sons grand piano, one of only five in the world. 

According to gallery owner Peter Crisp, the combination of two world-class musicians on a world-class instrument will not be one to miss for lovers of romantic Spanish and South American music. 

Mr Crisp described Ms Shanal, who is originally from Turkey, as a “fabulous soprano”, and he added that her talent and performances are helping her to develop “a major profile throughout Australia.”

The gallery owner said that likewise, Mr Hribar is a “very brilliant” pianist. The Australian-born musician spends most of his time in Berlin, and recently achieved a doctorate in music. 

The pair have been travelling around the country for a concert series, with their most recent performance having taken place at the Sydney Opera House in front of “a full house”, Mr Crisp said.

Before that, they had performed in Melbourne to a large audience, so Mr Crisp is assured that they will be well and truly warmed up for a lively Yass Valley crowd this weekend.  

What will assist the pair’s performance, Mr Crisp said, is that this is not the first time Mr Hribar has worked with the Stuart and Sons piano. 

“Both Ashley and Ayce have been introduced through Stuart and Sons pianos,” he said. 

“So Ashley is very familiar with it and the fact that it’s got more keys on the keyboard.” 

Going off the past records from concerts held at the gallery before, Mr Crisp is confident that the two musicians will be received by a sizeable audience. 

“We’re definitely getting bookings, and of course we tend to probably end up with two thirds more people arriving on our doorstep [than have booked],” Mr Crisp said. 

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for people in the Yass district to hear these two extremely talented young artists.” 

While Mr Crisp admitted that he had not yet seen the program, but he assured the Tribune that it would be “engaging Spanish and South American” music, and said that he was “very excited”. 

Mr Hribar and Ms Shanal will perform this Sunday, April 22, at the Crisp Galleries.

The performance will begin at 2pm and continue until 4pm, and there will be afternoon tea and refreshments served. 

Tickets are $55 for adults and $45 for concession holders, while those under 18 can enter for free. 

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