A romantic's journey is set when "An Equal Music" opens for a one-off performance in Franklin on November 12. 

A special afternoon of Classical Music and recitals from Vikram Seth's best selling book has been arranged for the Palais, featuring one of Australia's most eminent chamber music and recital pianists -- David Bollard with violinist Rachel Bremner. 

"An Equal Music" is a love tale -- inspired by the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and others, played by a string quartet in London, Vienna and Venice. Seth's evocative style will be presented in the readings. Guest Speaker Ken Short will also be featured. 

Organised by the Franklin Progress Association, the Palais fundraiser is sponsored by Fullers Bookshop who will have "An Equal Music" books and CDs available for sale, donating parts of the profit to the cause.

While Funds raised at Septembers Palais ball are being directed towards the renovation of toilet facilities, the association's next aim is to reactivate access to the mezzanine balcony, well known for its best house seating. It is reputed that the mezzanine has always served as a sort of love nest, with local sources hinting of their courtship experiences here. So funds raised from this event will inevitably go to a good cause. 

Wayne and Cynthia Walker 1960

"An Equal Music" promises to be an intimate affair. Tickets are $20, ($15 concession), the price includes afternoon tea, served in a "viennese café" style, with wine, smoked salmon and cheese available.

This event is a special treat for romantic spirits and nostalgic souls, especially those who kindle secret feelings for the Palais.

Book early. Tickets are available now at The Red Velvet Lounge Cygnet, Mustard Pot Huonville, Franklin Post Office or Fullers Bookshop in Hobart.


© Jonathan Sturm 2001