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Ensemble Aspherical: Last Rose of Summer
4 March 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEDTFree – $25
After delighting audiences in 2017 with the fine quality of their performances, the four members of Ensemble Aspherical, will perform to open Wyvern Music Forestville’s 2018 concert season. Last Rose of Summer, a program of aesthetic and vibrant music will include transcriptions of favourite classics such as Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen, a Potpourri of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Piazzolla’s Oblivion.
Formed in 2017 by four leading Sydney classical musicians, Ensemble Aspherical combines the vibrancy and warmth of the violin and viola strings with the ethereal qualities of the flute and harp to create sounds and evoke images for the listener both congenial and colourful. The program will also include a Concerto a 4 by Vivaldi, a Serenade by Reger with Last Rose of Summer on the harp as the centre-piece.
The four instrumentalists of Ensemble Aspherical have all been long-standing members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Both harpist Louise Johnson and flautist Janet Webb became Principals of the Sydney Symphony in 1985, having previously worked together as Guest Principals with the Sadlers Wells Ballet Company. As soloists with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Louise and Janet have performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto together and both have collaborated as soloists with renowned flautist, James Galway. Sisters Marina and Justine Marsden (violin and viola) have been performing chamber music together from a young age. Justine joined the viola section of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1990 having worked with the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Marina joined the SSO in 1995 as Assistant Concertmaster and has been in her current role of Principal Second Violin since 2006.