Spanish Steps

Period cellist Elinor Frey makes her Australian debut

24 FEB – 10 MAR, 2023



Sydney $30 - $179 24 FEB — 10 MAR, 2023
Melbourne $30 - $179 2 MAR — 5 MAR, 2023

Artists Performing

Elinor Frey

Canada - Period Cellos

Paul Dyer

Artistic Director

Alexander Berlage

Lighting Designer

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra



Performance will be approximately 95 minutes including one 20 minute interval

Boccherini La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, Op. 30 No. 6, G 324
Boccherini Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-flat major, G 482


Boccherini Grave assai & Fandango from Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major, G 448 
Sammartini^ Concerto for piccolo cello, strings & continuo in C major, J-C 69
Boccherini Allegro assai con moto from La Casa del Diavolo, Symphony in D minor, Op. 12 No. 4, G 506  

^ Denotes Australian Première 

★★★★½ "It was hard to keep still in your seat." - Sydney Arts Guide
★★★★ "It conjured a mood of demonic mania through whispered tremelos alongside clamorous cries, which the ABO energised with shivering fury." The Sydney Morning Herald

Few places in the world express inspiration and romance the way the Spanish Steps in Rome do, for centuries a meeting place for painters, musicians, poets and lovers.

Meet us at the world’s most famous staircase, at the base of the Piazza di Spagna in this spectacular concert starring the leading Canadian-American cellist Elinor Frey in her Australian debut. Awarded Quebec’s Opus Prize for Performer of the Year in 2021, Elinor reveals the rich and wondrous sounds of the Baroque cello in rarely-performed works by Boccherini and Sammartini.

The Italian-born Boccherini’s deep affinity with Spain is vividly alive in his music - the bustle, distant lulls and night noises of Madrid. Musical connections symbolised by the sweep of the Roman Baroque-style Spanish Steps linking the Piazza di Spagna (the Spanish Embassy – the oldest in the world) with the Chiesa di Trinità dei Monti, one of Rome’s most popular tourist destinations. This concert will be as monumental as it is sexy and haunting.

Presented as part of Sydney WorldPride Pride Amplified