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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird


Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

  • Date: Saturday, 13 August 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

CPE BACH (1714-1788): Quartet Wq94 in D major (1788)

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D965 (The Shepherd on the Rock) (1828) Op.129

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992): Le merle noir (The Blackbird) (1952)

Ian MUNRO (b 1963): New work (2016) for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano, commissioned by Norma Hawkins to the memory of Bruce Hawkins

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Septet in E flat major Op. 20 (1800)

Guest artist: Sara Macliver, soprano

Wallace Steven’s poem Thirteen ways of Looking at a Blackbird is set to music in a new work for voice and ensemble by Ian Munro, commissioned by subscriber Norma Hawkins to the memory of her husband Bruce Hawkins. We are delighted to welcome soprano Sara Macliver to perform Ian’s new work, and Schubert’s charming showpiece Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock). Messiaen’s fascination with birdsong is evident in his impression of a blackbird in Le Merle Noir for flute and piano. In this light, CPE Bach’s D Major quartet for flute, viola, cello and piano may also strike audience members as being similarly avian in its sonic palette. The program is crowned by Beethoven’s grand Septet, in which the composer was inspired by Mozart to fashion an absorbing exploration of colour and form.

Featured non-Australian music: CPE Bach, Schubert, Messiaen, Beethoven

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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