CDU staff treated to lunchtime concerts 

Libra Guitar Quartet

Staff at CDU’s Casuarina Campus will be treated to a series of on-campus lunchtime concerts in July as part of the Seventh Darwin International Guitar Festival.

The lunchtime concert series will include performances by a range of notable local, national and international artists, including Carlo Borone (Italy), Paul Beier (North America) and Izhar Elias (Holland).

The lunchtime concert series will begin on July 4 with a concert by Sydney guitar duo, Duo Agostino. The duo’s recently released CD Under the Same Sky is receiving critical acclaim and promises to start the lunchtime concert series off on a good note.

On July 6 Italian conductor Carlo Barone will direct and perform with local and interstate artists in a concert that will take the audience on an evocative voyage through the world of a nineteenth century salon, where chamber music was a favoured form.

Festival director and dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Arts, Adrian Walter says it is hard to single out any one of the concerts on offer in the lunchtime series, with all performers offering a stimulating and unique experience for the audiences.

‘Transcriptions for solo guitar of Rossini’s opera Semiramide, by Dutch performer Izhar Elias on July 10 promises to be one of the more unusual offerings in the lunchtime concert series, and one not to be missed,’ he said.

The lunchtime concert series will conclude on Friday 13 July with North American Lutenist Paul Beier. ‘This will be an opportunity to hear one of the most captivating instruments in the history of western music, from a performer who has played throughout Europe, North and South America and Australia,’ Adrian said.

Also performing as part of the series will be Korean quartet, Libra Guitar Quartet (pictured) who will perform on July 9, Simon Powis from Sydney on July 5, Guitastrophe! – a group of around 30 guitarists form Western Australia who will perform on July 11, and Julian Byzantine and the Festival String Quartet will perform on July 12.

The Seventh Darwin International Guitar Festival will run from July 4 to 14. In addition to the lunchtime concerts the Festival will also include a range of evening concerts, weekend serenades, twilight concerts, the After Dark Club, master classes and lecture series.

The lunchtime concert series will be held in the CDU Theatre from 1-2pm each weekday of the Seventh Darwin International Guitar Festival. Tickets are $10 each or $8 for concession and can be purchased from CDU Building 16 – the CYM Shop. A concession special is also available for this series – $15 for any three lunchtime concerts.

For more information about the lunchtime concert series and the Seventh Darwin International Guitar Festival, visit