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Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra: Elgar’s Enigma

8 September 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

Tickets: Adults $40 | Pensioner $30 | Student/junior $12

Come to a magnificent and inspiring concert to hear the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra perform Elgar’s masterpiece ‘The Enigma Variations’ partnered with Elena Kats-Chernin’s orchestral picture, ‘Heaven is Closed’, and Mozart’s engaging Sinfonia Concertante for solo violin and viola. KPO are delighted to welcome back Colin Piper to conduct this concert. Marina and Justine Marsden, sisters in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, join together to be vibrant soloists in this remarkable work of Mozart’s. The work is richly scored with an added sumptuousness derived from a divided orchestral viola part. The work comprises three movements, the middle Andante movement being especially ravishing with an intimate dialogue between the two soloists.

Bringing a contemporary element to the programme, the concert will start with the orchestral picture ‘Heaven is Closed’ by Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin. This piece was commissioned in 2000 by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has seen several performances since then throughout Australia. The KPO always strives to support Australian composers and is delighted to be performing this engaging work.

Elgar’s outstanding ‘Enigma Variations’ form the second half of the concert. This work demonstrates Elgar’s rich and powerful orchestration and his clever writing in the Theme and Variations form. Begun as a tinkling on the piano, soon snippets of a theme developed into a set of variations portraying little idiosyncrasies of 13 of Elgar’s closest and most loved friends. Their characteristics shine through Elgar’s innovative and colourful mastery of the orchestral palette with the famous ‘Nimrod’ variation at the heart of the work.


  • Colin Piper | Conductor
  • Justine & Marina Marsden | Violin & Viola
  • Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra


  • KATS-CHERNIN | Heaven is Closed
  • MOZART | Symphonia Concertante K364
  • ELGAR | Enigma Variations


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