Bright Young Things
- Date: Saturday, 14 May 2016, 8pm
- Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium — University of New South Wales, Gate 9, High Street, Kensington, NSW
- Series: This event is part of the Australia Ensemble 2016 Subscription Series series
- Tickets: Adult: $50 | Senior: $38 | Concession: $30 | Student rush (from 7:30pm on the performance day): $15
Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974): Sonata (1918) for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949): Piano Quartet Op. 13 (1885)
Andrew BALL (b 1991): Three dreams in Pulse : for clarinet and piano (2016), commissioned by Dr Andrew Kennedy – first performance
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847): Octet in E flat major Op. 20 (1825)
Guest artists: The Tinalley String Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn wrote his superlative String Octet at the mere age of 16, and it has become one of the glorious cornerstones of the chamber repertoire. Expressions of similarly youthful vigour and brilliance abound in this evening of music written by composers when they were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Richard Strauss’ Piano Quartet is a lesser known early work, strongly influenced by Brahms and one of the few chamber pieces by this master of opera and tone-poem. Darius Milhaud, meanwhile, provides an impressively-crafted neo-classical work for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano typifying the love of French composers for woodwind sonorities. Adding to the charming world of woodwind music is a new clarinet sonata by young Australian composer, Andrew Ball, which receives its world premiere here, commissioned by Dr Andrew Kennedy and dedicated to long-serving Australia Ensemble clarinettist Catherine McCorkill.
Featured non-Australian music: Milhaud, Strauss, Mendelssohn
- New work by Andrew Ball
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