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Danzas Amorosas


Danzas Amorosas

  • Date: Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $50 | Children: $20 | Concession: $40 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

TANGO - a torrid love affair in three minutes

Danzas Amorosas, or Dances of Love, is a seminal work by Chilean-Australian composer Daniel Rojas for flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, and piano. The piece reminds us of being hypnotised, unable to walk past any couple dancing a tango or cha-cha. Rojas invokes the music of ‘Pachamama’ Mother Earth, and the voice of ‘Taita Wamani’, Father Mountain, along with familiar dance rhythms. The ancient people of South America prayed for fertility, growth, and the harvest using particular dances – the salsa, the merengue, the lambada – the bodies of dancers repeating signals from the core of ancient rituals.

 The Hourglass Ensemble presents passionate operatic favourites by Gimenez and Verdi, including the cherished Pace, pace mio dio (or Peace, peace my God!), with a miniature orchestral arrangement. There will be funky new work with blues and Latin vibe by Brisbane composer Andrew Ball, the wildly passionate and irrepressible Tango Fantasia for flute and piano, a fast-paced flamenco commission by wannabe Spaniard Andrew Kennedy, and a cheeky anthology inspired by a former prime minister, including Ian Munro’s The Tango We Had To Have, and The Scumbag Tango by Russell Gilmour, from The Keating Tangos.

The Hourglass Ensemble www.hourglassensemble.com: Geoffrey Gartner - cello, Vivien Jeffrey - violin, Andrew Kennedy - clarinets/artistic director, Gregory Kinda - piano, Ewa Kowalski - flute/piccolo/alto flute, Suzi Stengel - soprano

Featured non-Australian music: Jacob Gade, Tango Fantasia; Giuseppe Verdi, Pace Pace Mio Dio; arias by Gimenez and Ravel

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0438 787 338 or by email to info@hourglassensemble.com

Featured Australian Works

Danzas amorosas : for quintet (2007) by Daniel Rojas
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
Option C tango : clarinet with piano (1999) by Maria Grenfell
— performed by Gregory Kinda and Andrew Kennedy
Scumbag tango : clarinet with piano (1998) by Russell Gilmour
— performed by Andrew Kennedy and Gregory Kinda
Tango we had to have : clarinet with piano (1997) by Ian Munro
— performed by Gregory Kinda and Andrew Kennedy
Trio : piano trio (1944) by Dulcie Holland
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
Trio for violin, cello and piano : for violin, cello and piano. (1991) by Roger Smalley
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
World's greatest tango : clarinet with piano (1997) by Raffæle Marcellino
— performed by Gregory Kinda and Andrew Kennedy
 Flamenco by Andrew Kennedy — World premiere

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