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Strelitzia Piano Trio: 800 Million Heartbeats


Strelitzia Piano Trio: 800 Million Heartbeats

  • Date: Saturday, 4 August 2012, 2pm
  • Venue: The Independent Theatre — 269 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $38 | Children: $32 | Concession: $34 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 1300 302 604

Event Details

Stuart Greenbaum’s 800 Million Heartbeats refers to the idea that the average length of any mammal’s life can be measured in that same common number of heartbeats – 800 million. The correspondingly fast heartbeat of a hummingbird means that they live a shorter (and arguably more intense) life, compared to other animals – in reality if humans only had this number of heartbeats, we would also live much shorter lives too. Greenbaum uses this as “a heightened metaphor for a life, measured in heartbeats, and the... journeys that fill its course”. In this program, we feature two glorious trios by Mozart and Mendelssohn, both of whom wrote extraordinarily accomplished and meaningful music at a very young age, yet within unfortunately short lives. Mozart and Mendelssohn are often compared as child prodigies – by the age of 15, both had completed their first symphonies and had published astonishingly mature works – yet both made their prolific and lasting contributions to the music we play today within lives that spanned only 35 and 37 years. In this program we also feature the world premiere of a specially commissioned work by young Newcastle based composer Andrew Chubb.

Featured non-Australian music: Mozart, Mendelssohn

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 1300 302 604 or by email to strelitziatrio@gmail.com

Featured Australian Works

800 million heartbeats : for piano trio (2007) by Stuart Greenbaum
— performed by Strelitzia Piano Trio
 Chaconne by Andrew Chubb — World premiere

Featured artists

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