Hourglass Ensemble: Prelude to a Kiss
- Date: Saturday, 12 August 2017, 7.30pm
- Venue: Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
- Tickets: Adults: $58 | Children: $20 | Concession: $40 — Tickets can be purchased online
CABARET - CIRCUS - EXPRESSIONISM - JAZZ - MUSICAL THEATRE Sydney’s favourite international chamber music export The Hourglass Ensemble presents breezy jazz standards from Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, headlined by “Prelude to a Kiss” and “Lullaby of Birdland”.
Hourglass welcomes trumpet and percussion for the first time to give that smoky club feel, and some suave silky sounds. Alongside, they premiere Australian Tim Hansen’s humorous, dark, poignant song cycle, The Sharpest Piece: cabaret, circus, melodrama, expressionism, and music theatre fused - chronicling Sigmund Freud’s treatment of a woman suffering the bizarre delusion that she is completely made of glass. She lives in fear of her behaviour upsetting her husband, or of making any moves that might cause her to shatter. There are moments of Spiegeltent magic and epic rock in a mesmerising new work especially for Hourglass.
Next, the third piano sonata of Chopin, his most rich, difficult, and brilliant work of all, and the only piece he wrote in 1844 while his romance with George Sand fractured. Watch Gregory again take total command of the Opera House Steinway! Finally, Hourglass play a funky new piece Canon by Nathan Lam, commissioned by us for clarinet, tenor sax, and piano, and the favourite flute solo Spirit of the Plains by Sally Whitwell.
Performers: Clarinets/director - Andrew Kennedy, Flutes - Ewa Kowalski, Saxophones - Nathan Henshaw, Trumpets - Andrew del Riccio, Percussion - Tim Brigden, Mezzo-soprano - Jo Burton, Piano - Gregory Kinda
Featured non-Australian music: Chopin piano sonata number 3; jazz-blues tunes of Ellington/Fitzgerald
Featured Australian Works
|Sharpest piece (small jazz ensemble with vocalist) by Tim Hansen|
— performed by Jo Burton and Hourglass Ensemble
|Canon by Nathan Lam|
|Spirit of the plains for flute and piano by Sally Whitwell|
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