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Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra: Firebird & Strauss
17 March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Tickets: Adults $40 | Pensioner $30 | Student/junior $12
The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to join with celebrated soprano Ayse Goknur Shanal in a performance of Richard Strauss’s supremely beautiful Four Last Songs to open its 2018 season with newly appointed Artistic Director, Paul Terracini.. The settings of poems by Joseph Eichendorff and Herman Hesse, with their rich contrapuntal colours, rapturous melodies and radiant orchestration, these songs are consummate examples of Strauss’s gift for expressing words through music.
In contrast to the Strauss, Stravinsky’s thrilling Firebird Suite captures the initial success of a young composer destined to shape music history in the space of just a few years with three extraordinary ballet scores. Commissioned for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, The Firebird received a highly successful premiere in Paris in 1910, paving the way for Petrushka (1911) and Rite of Spring (1913). Less radical than its successors, The Firebird sits more clearly within the tradition established by Stravinsky’s teacher Rimsky-Korsakov and his contemporaries, and yet intimations of the later works are not difficult to find.
Complementing the Stravinsky in our program is White Ghost Dancing, by distinguished Australian composer Ross Edwards. This is paired with his Emerald Crossing—a calmer work but still dance-like, described by the composer as having the characteristics of a barcarolle. Setting the scene for the Four Last Songs is Richard Wagner’s dignified and atmospheric Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin.