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Heaven, Harp, and Humanity - Aus chamber music


Heaven, Harp, and Humanity - Aus chamber music

  • Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music — Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Laman St, Newcastle, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $40 | Children: $15 | Concession: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online

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…

Australian 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 delicate works by Vieuxtemps and Kennedy, and dynamic modern music of inspiration and dance from Connesson, and Australians Daniel Rojas and Colin Brumby.

Hourglass Ensemble:

Clarinets/director - Andrew Kennedy
Flutes - Ewa Kowalski
Viola - Michelle Urquhart
Harp - Marjorie Maydwell
Piano - Gregory Kinda


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

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 — 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 — Australian premiere
 Wild Colonial Boy by Andrew Kennedy — World premiere

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