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Strelitzia Ensemble: Love Letters – Prelude in Tea Event

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

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

In Love Letters, the Strelitzia Ensemble explores four very different works, each with an element of romance. Haydn dedicated his bubbly, witty and very extroverted Trio in C Major to his young friend Therese Jansen-Bartolozzi, a Pianist he had met in London in 1791, and whose wedding he was witness to two years before composing this trio. In Elena Kats-Chernin’s Variations, she looks to a set of Schubert Trauerwalzer (‘mourning waltzes’) for inspiration.
The waltz, traditionally a quite romantic dance, here takes a more melancholy outlook – though Kats-Chernin still finds room for soaring romantic themes and a second, much shorter variation, full of wit and humour.

Shostakovich composed his Piano Trio No. 1 at the height of teenage lovesickness – at the age of 16, Shostakovich was sent to a sanatorium in Crimea to recover from tuberculosis, and there he met and fell in love with Tatyana Glivenko, to whom he dedicated this uncharacteristically romantic work. Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet is a masterpiece of the Romantic Chamber Music repertoire, and of the great emotional extremes so typical of Schumann. Kai Christiansen describes the sublime and much loved Adagio movement as: “Schumann the Romantic pouring out a tender duet aria between cello and violin that seems to speak so clearly without using single word”.

In Love Letters, the Strelitzia Ensemble explores four very different works, each with an element of romance. Haydn dedicated his bubbly, witty and very extroverted Trio in C Major to his young friend Therese Jansen-Bartolozzi, a Pianist he had met in London in 1791, and whose wedding he was witness to two years before composing this trio. In Elena Kats-Chernin’s Variations, she
looks to a set of Schubert Trauerwalzer (‘mourning waltzes’) for inspiration.
The waltz, traditionally a quite romantic dance, here takes a more melancholy outlook – though Kats-Chernin still finds room for soaring romantic themes and a second, much shorter variation, full of wit and humour.

Shostakovich composed his Piano Trio No. 1 at the height of teenage lovesickness – at the age of 16, Shostakovich was sent to a sanatorium in Crimea to recover from tuberculosis, and there he met and fell in love with Tatyana Glivenko, to whom he dedicated this uncharacteristically romantic work. Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet is a masterpiece of the Romantic Chamber Music repertoire, and of the great emotional extremes so typical of Schumann. Kai Christiansen describes the sublime and much loved Adagio movement as: “Schumann the Romantic pouring out a tender duet aria between cello and violin that seems to speak so clearly without using single word”.

Program:
F.J. Haydn | Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV: 27

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto

Elena Kats-Chernin | Variations on Schubert Trauerwaizer

Dmitri Shostakovich | Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8

(Interval)

Robert Schumann | Piano Quartet, Op. 47

I. Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace – Trio I – Trio II
III. Andante cantabile
IV. Finale: Vivace

Strelitzia is a young, vibrant Sydney based ensemble, originally founded in 2008 as a Piano Trio which went on to win the prestigious Musica Viva Chamber Music Award the following year. Strelitzia has been widely praised for their innovative programs featuring the great masterpieces of the Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century chamber music repertoire alongside lesser known gems from around the world, as well as fresh new contemporary works with influences ranging from world music to Jazz to modern dance music.

Strelitzia is deeply committed to promoting Australian music by both emerging and established composers, and this features heavily in their programs. In 2010, Strelitzia made the first recordings of Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘The Spirit and the Maiden’ and Matthew Hindson’s Piano Trio with ABC Classic FM, and has commissioned and premiered a number of works by Australian composers. In 2014, Strelitzia completed their third studio recording for ABC Classic FM featuring specially commissioned works by Newcastle based composer Andrew Chubb.

The ensemble is passionate about regional touring and performing for local festivals. Aside from presenting many of their programs in Newcastle, the ensemble has given performances for the Woollahra, Camden Haven, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields and Brunswick Beethoven Festivals, and for various groups including the Blue Mountains Concert Society, Hornsby Festival of the Arts, South Coast Music Society, Sapphire Coast Music Society (Wolumla), Montague Choristers Visiting Artists Series (Narooma), Arts Shoalhaven, and the Macarthur, Robertson, Noosa, Byron Bay, Yass, Roseville and Bay & Basin Music Associations.

Strelitzia currently presents an annual concert series at the Glebe Justice Centre in Sydney, featuring varied programs of chamber music for strings, piano and wind instruments in an intimate setting, with one 2016 program being described as “nothing short of superb in its programming and delivery. Strelitzia have taken great pains to tread unbeaten paths, exposing us to less well-known works and we are much the richer for it. The playing was faultless and I can’t recall having a warmer feel: the performers and audience enjoyed themselves immensely in an intimate setting” (Tony Burke, Classikon)

Read our review here

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.

 

Venue

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