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Strelitzia Ensemble: Book of Departures – Prelude in Tea Event

29 October 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT

Tickets: $47 Adult, $30 Concession, $22 student and $16 child.Includes afternoon tea.

Haydn was one of the first composers to write for Piano Trio, and his bubbly, witty and very extroverted Trio in C Major is from a final set of ten, sometimes referred to as the ‘London Trios’, that he wrote during his second highly successful trip to London after his retirement from service to the Esterhazy family. Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum originally composed his work Book of Departures as a final commission for the disbanding Sonic Arts Ensemble in 2007. It is a work that travels through sadness and nostalgia to finish with a kind of triumphant optimism, and as Greenbaum writes, “‘Departure’ is an interesting word. It can denote sadness and nostalgia – but it can equally refer to the outset of exciting new journeys and in my mind this piece attempts to address both meanings”.
At the tender age of 16, Shostakovich was sent to a sanatorium in Crimea to recover from tuberculosis, where he met and fell in love with Tatyana Glivenko. An uncharacteristically romantic work, this trio is an interesting departure from the style many often associate with Shostakovich, filled as it is with lush melodies and lovesick outpourings. The outbreak of World War I spurred on Maurice Ravel to complete his Piano Trio, as he described to Stravinsky: “The idea that I should be leaving at once made me get through five months’ work in five weeks!” There is a certain vivacity and a sense of urgency to this work, and the result is an absolutely masterful Piano Trio which sparkles and surges with energy and life.


  • F.J. Haydn Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV: 27
  • Stuart Greenbaum Book of Departures
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
  • Maurice Ravel Piano Trio

Strelitzia is a Sydney based ensemble, originally formed as a Trio by founding members Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich (Violin) and Eleanor Betts (Cello) in 2008, which went on to win the prestigious Musica Viva Chamber Music Award the following year. Since 2012, the group has expanded to include viola, clarinet, bassoon and horn enriching the group’s repertoire further.

Strelitzia made their Opera House debut with a sold out performance for Musica Viva in the Utzon Room Series in 2011, and performed frequently that year for Musica Viva’s Chamber Music Essentials program in conjunction with Sydney University. Strelitzia recorded their first CD comprising trios by Arno Babajanian and Matthew Hindson and in 2014, performed the Dohnanyi Sextet and two new Australian works in a studio recording for the ABC. The ensemble is deeply committed to promoting Australian music by both emerging and established composers, and this features heavily in their programs.

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This is Prelude in Tea concert presented by the Independent Theatre. Scrumptious afternoon tea served from 2:30pm, stellar chamber music concert at 3:30pm. It’s the perfect Sunday afternoon out.



The Independent Theatre, North Sydney
269 Miller Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060 Australia