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Heaven, Harp and Humanity (Aus chamber music)


Heaven, Harp and Humanity (Aus chamber music)

  • Date: Sunday, 22 October 2017, 2:30pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $58 | Children: $20 | Concession: $40 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9250 7777

Event Details

Beautiful contemporary chamber music with soul and passion

The image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach became a symbol of the human tragedy unfolding on European shores during 2015, a result of the war in Syria. He was not the only one…

Margery Smith’s latest piece Humanity Washed Ashore encapsulates the struggle between peace and war, oceanic life and death, history and the evolution of civilisation.

Hourglass presents beautiful, meditative, passionate, ethereal works featuring harp, discussing our connection with each other and to the eternal, with works by Vieuxtemps and Kennedy. Alongside, they premiere energetic jazzy Latin vibes of Happenstance and the Muse, by Australia-Chilean Daniel Rojas, and the dynamic magic of Prokofiev’s Flute Sonata.

One of the most incredible chamber works of the 21st Century appears - Techno Parade, the virtuosic stunner by Guillame Connesson. There is a revival of a classic sonata for flute and harp by Colin Brumby, named "Exotic Dances", and reworked for clarinet and harp.

Finally be roused to dance with newly crafted versions of Australian folk songs, Botany Bay and The Wild Colonial Boy


Sergei Prokofiev Sonata for Flute and Piano
Daniel Rojas - Happenstance and the Muse* for flute, clarinet, viola, harp, piano
(*world premiere)
Guillaume Connesson - Techno Parade for flute, clarinet, and piano
Camille Saint-Saens Tarantella for flute, clarinet, and piano
Margery Smith - Humanity Washed Ashore for solo bass clarinet
Colin Brumby - Exotic dances for clarinet and harp
Andrew Kennedy - Wild Colonial Boy* for mixed quintet
(*world premiere)
Andrew Kennedy - Botany Bay for mixed quintet
Henri Vieuxtemps - Capriccio for solo viola
Andrew Ball - Horizon Falling* for flute and clarinet
(*world premiere)

Featured non-Australian music: Prokofiev, Connesson, Saint-Saens, Vieuxtemps

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

Four exotic pieces : flute and harp duo (1961) by Colin Brumby
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
Digital sheet music sample Happenstance and the Muse (quintets: flute, clarinet, viola, harp, piano) (2017) by Daniel Rojas
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
Horizon falling (duos: flute, clarinet) by Andrew Ball — World premiere
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
Humanity washed ashore : bass clarinet by Margery Smith and Liz Smith
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
 Botany Bay by Andrew Kennedy
 Wild colonial boy by Andrew Kennedy

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