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Virtuoso #2: Maggie Ferguson

  • Orange Civic Theatre Byng Street Orange, NSW, 2800 Australia (map)


In this invigorating cocktail of musical styles, Tango master Astor Piazzolla quotes the Vivaldi masterpiece in his loving depiction of his adopted city. Colour City Chamber Orchestra and Bandoneon Virtuoso Maggie Ferguson will infuse Vivaldi's masterpiece - the Four Seasons with Piazolla's 'The four seasons of Buenos Aries' - an ideal coupling of classics old and new.

This concert features violin soloist Andrew Baker (leader, CCCO), and Maggie's tango quintet Maggie Ferguson & Friends


In 2003, after two decades as a classical violinist and chamber musician, Maggie Ferguson went to Buenos Aires to study orchestral tango at the Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce at the invitation of the schools founder Ignacio Varchausky. With the support of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, she returned each year to play with the Orquesta  under the direction of Maestros Emilio Balcarce, Carlos Pazo, Walter Rios, Jose “Pepe” Libertella, Nestor Marconi, Victor Lavallen, Ariel Espandrio and Ramiro Gallo. There she has performed at the Biblioteca Nacional, La Casa del Tango and Clasico y Moderna, La Viruta, The Australian Embassy and live on tango radio LA2x4. In 2007, MF began bandoneon studies with professors including Santiago Polimeni, Camilo Ferrero and Ramiro Boero.

Maggie still visits Argentina each year to work with colleagues and collect priceless repertoire. In Australia she performs with many ensembles as guest tango director on violin and bandoneon. The concerts are specially crafted to present a musical tango journey throughout the 20th century, incorporating tango history, styles, composer anecdotes, the dance and some joyous audience participation.

Festivals include Stradbroke Island Chamber Music Festival July 2015,  Pearl Beach Chamber Music Festival June 2015, Canberra Tango Social Club Gala Festival December 2015, Bowral & Southern Highlands (BASH) Tango Festival  November 2014, Royal Botanic Gardens Autumn Vibes 2013,  Moorambilla New Australian Music 2010, Riverina Summerstrings 2008 – 2013, USYD Open Day 2012, Sydney Conservatorium Sounds Sensational 2012, Woollahra Festival 2010 and 2012, New England Chamber Music Festival 2012 and The Rocks Aroma Festival 2011 & 2012.

Earlier Event: August 19
Baroque - Old and New
Later Event: March 1