Sirius Chamber Ensemble: Birdsong

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Date: 29/10/2016

Starting at: 3:00 PM

Venue: Christ Church, Lavender Bay (10-12 Walker St, Lavender Bay, NSW, 2060)

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Tickets: Adults $30 | Concession $20 | Child $10

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Birdsong has inspired the creation of music for centuries. Its repeated motifs and interval patterns are distinctive, melodic, and perfectly suited for imitation or adaptation into a larger musical work. Australian composers have particularly been inspired by native birdsong to create a uniquely Australian sound.

Sirius Chamber Ensemble have collated a program of music which explores the birdsong inspired music of local composers including Alan Holley, Paul Stanhope, Corrina Bonshek and Nigel Ubrihien. Alongside these works we will present some of the most famous examples of birdsong in music: Olivier Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir and Ralph Vaughan William’s The Lark Ascending, in a new chamber arrangement by Sydney-based composer Paul Smith. Soprano Taryn Srhoj returns to perform songs by Berio, Michael Head and John McCabe.

Program:

  • Vaughan Williams arr. Paul Smith– The Lark Ascending
  • Violin soloist – Vanessa Tammetta
  • Messiaen – Le Merle Noir for flute and piano
  • Nigel Ubrihien – Mestizo Dances for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola and cello.
  • Corrina Bonshek – Out on the Wind for clarinet, cello and piano
  • Corrina Bonshek – As Small Birds Play for bassoon and pre-recorded birdsong
  • Paul Stanhope – The Taste of Midnight for flute, clarinet and piano
  • Alan Holley – ‘the birds will sing them off’ for solo clarinet
  • Berio – Rossignolet du bois for soprano, clarinet and piano
  • Michael Head – A Blackbird Singing for soprano and piano
  • John McCabe – Hush a Bae Birdie for soprano, clarinet and piano

Performers: Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Clare Kahn (cello).
Guest Artists: Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Luke Spicer (viola), Michael Wray (french horn), Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Sumiko Yamamura (piano).

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