The Streeton Trio: Vienna Congress – Prelude in Tea event

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Date: 26/02/2017

Starting at: 2:30 PM

Venue: The Independent Theatre (269 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW, 2060)

Event summary:

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

The program explores the complex musical situation in Vienna, the capital of European music at the beginning of the 1800s, during the two decades of great cultural ferment that saw the Vienna Congress (1814/1815) as the turning point between the ideals of the Enlightenment and those of the Restoration. There was a radical change in the social role of music, which was no longer used as an instrument of awareness and knowledge, but instead became a narcotic, useful to disguise the harsh reality of post-Napoleonic and post- Enlightenment society.
These historical circumstances deeply characterized the poetry of the most important composers of the time: Beethoven, Schubert and Rossini all of whom gravitated around Vienna during that same period, contaminating one another.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat major, Op.97 “Archduke”
  • Gioachino Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
  • Franz Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat major, D898

Described by Musica Viva as “Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio,” the Streeton Trio was formed in 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, by three young Australian musicians. 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 has won scholarships from Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria and Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In 2012, the trio was featured as Musica Viva’s Rising Stars ensemble.

Named after the Australian Impressionist painter, Sir Arthur Streeton, the trio – now comprising violinist Emma Jardine, cellist Meta Weiss and pianist Benjamin Klopp – 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. Recent performances include appearances across the United Kingdom, China, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Holland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland.

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.

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