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Australia Ensemble: The Age of Steam

16 March 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT

Australia Ensemble

Tickets: $55/$42/$33/$15 (Adult/Senior/Concession/Student rush)

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

The era of innovation and rapid expansion between 1770 and 1915 is known as the Age of Steam. With the Industrial Revolution in full swing, art and philosophy were free to investigate grandly romantic ideals, and many of the most famous chamber pieces stem from this time. Mozart’s inventive ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, opens our program. Dvorák’s sublime Sonatina for violin and piano and Saint-Saëns’ effervescent and inventive Piano Quartet, each represent the glories of industry. In response to the Steam Era’s splendours and excesses, contemporary American composer David Bruce has imagined an alternative universe in Steampunk. This septet’s title refers to a genre of cartoon-inspired science-fiction premised where electricity has not been invented, and we all live in a be-goggled, fanciful, yet darkly Dickensian dystopia.

Artistic Chair: Paul Stanhope


  • Ian Munro (piano)
  • David Griffiths (clarinet)
  • Lerida Delbridge (violin)
  • Justin Williams (viola)
  • Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello)
  • Carla Blackwood (horn)
  • Alexandre Oguey (oboe & cor anglais)
  • Andrew Barnes (bassoon)
  • Andrew Meisel (double bass)


  • Wolfgang Mozart | Trio in E flat K498 ‘Kegelstatt’
  • Antonín Dvořák | Sonatina in G Op.100 
  • David Bruce | Steampunk
  • Camille Saint-Saëns | Piano Quartet Op.41 in B flat


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