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Australia Ensemble: Forces of Nature

13 October 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT

Tickets: $54/$41/$32/$15 (Adult/Senior/Concession/Student rush)

“… The Australia Ensemble always fills me with high expectations of consummate musical performance” Danial Kaan, ClassikON 2016

Veering away from the famed Four Seasons of Vivalidi, this program explores composers which have been inspired to embody the rapture of the natural world. The two previously commissioned works, of Maria Grenfell’s radiant Ten Suns Ablaze and Nigel Westlake’s marvellously energetic Rare Sugar, both reflect aspects intrinsic to the Australian landscape. The famously idyllic nature of Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony is venerated in all its rustic charm in the second movement, Szene am Bach (scene from a brook), arranged by Gotthard Fischer for string sextet. Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ flute solo Landscape with Birds conjures the natural beauty of the Baltic states. The Australia Ensemble concludes its 2018 season with one of the great statements of American chamber music. Copland’s ballet suite Appalachian Spring, originally scored for thirteen instruments, celebrates the vastness of nature and chamber music to end the year with great joy and optimism.


  • Artistic Chair: Paul Stanhope
  • Dene Olding (violin)
  • Dimity Hall (violin)
  • Irina Morozova (viola)
  • Julian Smiles (cello)
  • Ian Munro (piano)
  • Geoffrey Collins (flute)
  • David Griffiths (clarinet)
  • Andrew Barnes (Guest Artist: bassoon)
  • Tobias Breider (Guest Artist: viola)
  • Andrew Meisel (Guest Artist: double bass)


  • Maria GRENFELL | Ten Suns Ablaze (2012)
  • Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | ‘Szene am Bach’ from Symphony no. 6 arr. Fischer (1810)
  • Nigel WESTLAKE | Rare Sugar (2007)
  • Pēteris VASKS | Landscape with Birds (1980)
  • Aaron COPLAND | Appalachian Spring ballet suite (1944)


UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington
High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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