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Australia Ensemble subscription concert - Russian Legends
Who:Australia Ensemble
Venue:Sir John Clancy Auditorium
When:11 Mar 2017, 8pm - 10pm

From Stravinsky’s charmingly folkloric Soldier’s Tale Suite through to the depths of Borodin’s profound Second String Quartet, this program explores the richness and diversity of the Russian school of composition while proffering some of its lesser-known voices – Arensky’s Piano Trio is one of the masterworks of the repertoire.

Australia Ensemble subscription concert - Fantasy and Variations
Who:Australia Ensemble
Venue:Sir John Clancy Auditorium
When:8 Apr 2017, 8pm - 10pm

The free-flowing Fantasy is related to the more structured Variations form, and both are explored through a sumptuous variety of styles in this program. Carl Vine’s beautifully crafted Fantasia for Piano Quintet exploits ever-changing, subtle permutations of a music kernel heard in the opening of this masterful work. Permutations provide the basis of the variations form, explicitly apparent in the theme and variations of the neo-classical Wind Quintet of Carl Nielsen – one of the best compositions of its ilk. Meanwhile the lush French sound-world of Maurice Duruflé acts as a delicious contrast to the humour and delight found in Mozart’s famous Clarinet Quintet.

Australia Ensemble subscription concert - Americana
Who:Australia Ensemble
Venue:Sir John Clancy Auditorium
When:13 May 2017, 8pm - 10pm

While it may seem odd to include Romantic Czech composer Antonín Dvorák in a program of music from the New World, the Bohemian composer wrote two of his most famous works during his time in the United States. Dvorák’s ‘American’ F major string quartet is inescapably influenced by the landscape of the plains of New England so memorably captured a generation later by Aaron Copland, a concept unmistakably heard in his Duo for flute and piano. Two exciting contemporary voices round out this program: Jennifer Higdon’s bright and exciting opener Smash, and a major work by John Adams, whose clarinet concerto for chamber forces Gnarly Buttons takes the listener through a journey of surprising depth as well as humorous and quirky moments.

Australia Ensemble subscription concert - Schubert's Octet: August 19
Who:Australia Ensemble
Venue:Sir John Clancy Auditorium
When:19 Aug 2017, 8pm - 10pm

Schubert’s Octet is irresistible chamber music written on a vast scale. A rich and colourful instrumental palette helps sustain a broad structure which is an offshoot of the eighteenth century serenade tradition and realised with unmistakable Schubertian inflections. In contrast, the rest of the program explores exquisite, smaller-scale structures with Roussel’s compact and enchanting Divertissement for winds and piano, as well as the impressionistic delights of English composer Madeline Dring’s Trio. We are proud to feature the performance of Mark Grandison’s Blakeman Prize-winning work Riffraction in this program. This new artistic initiative was the creation of musical patron Jonathan Blakeman, for which the Australia Ensemble is proud to be a partner.

Australia Ensemble subscription concert - The Sound of Pictures
Who:Australia Ensemble
Venue:Sir John Clancy Auditorium
When:16 Sep 2017, 8pm - 10pm

Presented by Radio National’s The Music Show host, Andrew Ford, this program represents a new offering from the Australia Ensemble: an exploration of music written by composers for film as well as concert music that makes use of the moving image as part of its presentation. We explore music by some of the famous names from the screen as well as music by Andrew Ford himself, and a new work by Felicity Wilcox that explore the sound of pictures in novel and exciting ways.

Australia Ensemble subscription concert - Postcards
Who:Australia Ensemble
Venue:Sir John Clancy Auditorium
When:14 Oct 2017, 8pm - 10pm

Around the world in 80 minutes! The Ensemble will be sending postcards from Bali in Peter Sculthorpe’s wonderful work for wind quintet and percussion Tabuh Tabuhan, as well as the streetscapes of Argentina in Miguel del Aguila’s rhythmically-charged Salon Buenos Aires via more tranquil journeys with subtle Jewish inflections in Ernst Bloch’s Paysages. The season ends on a festive note with Tchaikovsky’s glorious string sextet Souvenir de Florence.

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