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The Streeton Trio | Fire’s On – A Prelude in Tea concert

25 August 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

Tickets (Afternoon tea included): Adult $49 | Concession $32 | Student $22 | Child $17

The Streeton Trio – Emma Jardine, Benjamin Kopp and guest cellist Chris Pidcock – present Fire’s On a passionate program consisting of three of the most lyrical and expressive pieces ever written for piano trio. It’s the latest of the Prelude in Tea series which – as always – includes a mouth-watering afternoon tea!

Arthur Streeton’s ‘Fire’s On’, painted in 1891, depicts a man being stretchered out of the Lapstone tunnel after a botched explosion. The drama of the scene, almost overshadowed by the heroic landscape, sets the backdrop for this passionate program, featuring music of Aresnky, Babadjanian and Shostakovich.

Arensky’s scintillating and beautiful piece continues the Russian tradition of elegiac piano trios with his four movement romantic masterpiece, inspired by the death of his friend. Babadjanian is an Armenian composer known for making use of folk music elements in his work. His relatively small output contains some masterpieces, including this inspired, lyrical work.

Climax of the concert is the fiery turbulence of Shostakovich’s legendary trio no.2. Shostakovich dedicated his 1944 trio to his recently deceased friend Ivan Sollertinsky and it has become one of the most popular piano trios of the entire 20th century repertoire.


  • Anton ARENSKY | Piano Trio in D minor Op. 32
  • Arno BABADJANIAN | Piano Trio in F sharp minor
  • Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH | Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op.67

About the Streeton Trio:

Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio,” the Streeton Trio was formed in 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and after spending several years in Europe, is now based in Sydney. In 2010, the trio was selected to be a part of the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy, where it was in residence for three years. Winner of the 2011 Music Viva Chamber Music Competition, the Streeton Trio has been laureate of several prestigious international competitions and in 2012, the trio was featured as Musica Viva’s Rising Stars ensemble. The trio has released four CDs, to international acclaim, which are frequently featured on ABC FM and the MBS Networks. Named after the Australian Impressionist painter, Sir Arthur Streeton, the trio has received great acclaim for performances in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Het Loo Royal Palace (Holland), Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, Trondheim Festival, Apeldoorn Festival, Pablo Casals Festival (Prades) and Bangalow Festival. The trio has performed extensively across the United Kingdom, China, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Holland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland.

A Prelude in Tea is a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring a scrumptious afternoon tea served from 2:30 followed by a 3:30 concert from some of Australia’s best and most exciting small ensembles.



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