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UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington

High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia

March 2020

Australia Ensemble | Storm and Tempest

14 March 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington, High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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$34 – $56

“They sicken of the calm who know the storm” (Dorothy Parker). This program explores the tumult of stormy weather, tempestuous emotion, and the promise of new things rising from the ruins of the old. Elena Kats-Chernin channels a revolutionary spirit and the anarchy of shifts of power in Eastern Europe following the fall of the Berlin wall. Franz Schreker’s ‘The Wind’ originally included dancers to enhance the aural depiction of this wild and varied force of nature. Ludwig van Beethoven’s…

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April 2020

Australia Ensemble | Contrasts

18 April 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington, High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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$34 – $56

Béla Bartók’s Contrasts presents difference in many ways; in tempo, instrumentation and harmonic structures. The work feature’s Bartók’s inimitable style, but also suggestions of the jazz background of the man it who commissioned it, Benny Goodman. Ross Edwards’ Maninya pieces are built of small rhythmic cells, woven together to reflect the timelessness of the natural world. The Piano Trio Op.70 no.2 is a shining example of Ludwig van Beethoven’s mastery of harnessing contrasting ideas and developing them within an inspired…

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May 2020

Australia Ensemble | Shadows and Light

30 May 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington, High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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$34 – $56

Shadow and Light are two sides of the same coin, neither possible without the other. This program sets Vaughan Williams’ wistful depictions of the idyll and challenge of country life in Shropshire against Stanhope’s poignant song-cycle of poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, which portray mourning and loss in an Australian landscape. The timbres of On Wenlock Edge are traditional, with tenor voice, strings and piano. Songs for the Shadowland features wind instruments, with the horn performing a wailing farewell to those…

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August 2020

Australia Ensemble | Café and Concert Hall

15 August 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington, High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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$34 – $56

The concert hall was not always a place of reverent silence. Neither Beethoven nor the youthful Brahms expected their audiences to desist from conversation, playing cards, or moving about. The atmosphere was often more like that of a soirée – a social event where the music was an essential element. Only the most dedicated amateurs in the audience appreciated the complexities and brilliance of trios such as those performed today. The lines between the social and artistic are deliberately blurred…

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September 2020

Australia Ensemble | Dreamers and Visionaries

26 September 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington, High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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$34 – $56

This program is dedicated to dreamers and visionaries: those who take their own path, often at high personal cost. Kevin Puts’ trio And Legions Will Rise channels “the power in all of us to transcend during times of tragedy and personal crisis”. The violin, clarinet and marimba create colourful effects, often dreamlike and hypnotic. Peter Sculthorpe’s Dream Tracks sings into existence the distant landscapes of Torres Strait, Arnhem Land and Kakadu. The Sonata no.3 op.69 was composed at a time…

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October 2020

Australia Ensemble | A Song Before The Storm

24 October 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington, High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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$34 – $56

The Shostakovich Piano Quintet was composed as Western Europe was at war and the USSR was on the brink of invasion from Nazi Germany. This popular work is truly a ‘song before the storm’. Beethoven’s Kakadu Variations are playful reworkings of a very different kind of song: an aria from a comic opera, in Wenzel Müller’s Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu (I am the tailor Cockatoo). It was likely composed as the young Beethoven worked to ingratiate himself with audiences…

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