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Dreams and Prayers


Dreams and Prayers

  • Date: Saturday, 16 April 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

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809): String quartet Opus 50 no 5 in F major ‘Ein Traum’ (A Dream) Hob III:48 (1787)

Osvaldo GOLIJOV (b 1960): K'vakarat from Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1994)

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959): Quatuor for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon W231 (1928)

Gordon KERRY (b 1961): while the music lasts for flute, clarinet, piano, two violins, viola and cello (2016),  commissioned by Dr Patricia Brown for Professor Roger Covell – first performance

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): Piano Trio no. 2 in E minor Op.67 (1944)

A movement from Argentinian-born composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind is at the thematic heart of this program, which explores a number of threads including the inflections of music from South America, Hebraic themes and ideas of contemplation and intimacy. Villa-Lobos’ Quatuor takes Brazilian street music as a starting point in a colourful and rhythmic piece for winds. Haydn’s fortieth String Quartet, nicknamed ‘Ein Traum’ (A Dream), is one of the composer’s Prussian quartets and a superb example of balanced form and imaginative textural exploration, while Shostakovich fashions Jewish-style melodies in his brittle yet glorious Piano Trio no.2. We welcome a new work while the music lasts by the very fine Australian composer, Gordon Kerry, commissioned by Dr Patricia Brown for Professor Roger Covell, to round out this diverse program.

Featured non-Australian music: Haydn, Golijov, Vill-Lobos, Shostakovich

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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