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Light, Time and Gravity


Light, Time and Gravity

  • Date: Saturday, 10 September 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

Event Details

Matthew HINDSON (b 1968): Light is both a particle and a wave (2010)

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937): Miroirs nos. I, IV & V (1904-5)

Samuel BARBER (1910-1981): Summer Music Op. 31 (1956)

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992): Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (1941)

with a pre-concert conversation with composer Matthew Hindson at 7pm 

We may well have titled this E=MC2! The mysteries of light, time and gravity (as principles of physics and the secrets of the universe) are fascinating to scientists and artists alike. Such enigmatic themes act as a starting point, with Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s septet Light is both a particle and a wave written especially for the Australia Ensemble in 2010. Also indulging in the warmth and richness of light are Samuel Barber’s Summer Music for wind quintet and three movements from Ravel’s exquisite solo piano work, Miroirs, in which we hear the floating sounds of bells across a village square. Messiaen’s profound Quatour pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) written while interned in a Nazi prison camp is an ecstatic religious expression of the end of all things, inspired by the Book of Revelation.

Featured non-Australian music: Ravel, Barber, Messiaen

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9385 4874 or by email to australia.ensemble@unsw.edu.au

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