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Sirius Chamber Ensemble: Where The Heart Is

21 October 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT

$10 – $30
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Tickets: $30 Adults, $20 Concession, $10 Children

Where The Heart Is is a collaborative fundraiser for the not-for-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity Australia. The concert program will focus on the plight of the homeless in our society, featuring works by composers who were known to have been homeless or displaced during their lifetime.

Joseph Haydn became homeless as a young man, dismissed from St Stephen’s Cathedral choir in Vienna after his voice broke. Gustav Mahler was famously quoted as saying, “I am thrice homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world. Everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.”

After being blacklisted by the Nazis in 1940, Bohuslav Martinu and his wife fled Paris and slept on railway platforms for several months before securing passage to America. And the African-American ragtime composer Scott Joplin became bankrupt and homeless after his opera Treemonisha failed to find any success.

Selected works from these four composers will be presented to raise awareness of the many reasons people can become forced into homelessness, the many guises this can take, and to raise funds for a cause close to our hearts.

Funds raised through ticket sales and collection on the night will empower families to build safer homes and stronger communities throughout the Asia Pacific region.


  • Joseph Haydn – Piano Trio in G minor, No. 39 “Gypsy”
  • Gustav Mahler – Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Scott Joplin – Selections from “Treemonisha”
  • Bohuslav Martinu – Quartet for clarinet, horn, cello and side drum


  • Melissa Coleman (flute)
  • Ian Sykes (clarinet)
  • Alison Evans (bassoon)
  • Claire Howard Race (piano)

Guest Artists:

  • Taryn Srhoj (soprano)
  • Vanessa Tammetta (violin)
  • Alex Fontaine (oboe)
  • Michael Wray (french horn)
  • Angela Casser (violin)
  • Steve Meyer (cello)
  • Josh Hill (percussion)


Christ Church, Lavender Bay, Lavender Bay
10-12 Walker St
Lavender Bay, NSW 2060 Australia