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River Songs - Hourglass Ensemble - contemporary Australian chamber music


River Songs - Hourglass Ensemble - contemporary Australian chamber music

  • Date: Saturday, 10 March 2018, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $60 | Children: $16 | Concession: $38 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9250 7700

Event Details

“The river has physical presence, deriving identity from water, currents, tides, light, mangroves, birds, ferries, people. It carries connotations of life itself, the miraculous continuity of time and generations.” - Betty Beath

Sensual, cool, crystalline. “River Songs” portrays cities built around rivers and oceans, and the way those living there have connection, history, and belonging with water.

Meanwhile, in the sparkling rainforest, the stunning “Lyrebird in my Piano” shows us the wizardry of our famous native Australian bird, combining Bartok and Satie, Debussy and Ligeti, or Reich and Takemitsu.

Hourglass premieres Australian commissions - feisty sky dancing in Ball’s “Enemies of Gravity”, nocturnal jazz musings in Lemon’s “Tangent Blues”. A beguiling combination of instruments, rarely heard together, brings you into a sound world of unique combinations and enchanting stories.

There is a preview concert 7pm Fri 9 March at the Polish Consulate, please contact Hourglass Ensemble for tickets.



The Lyrebird in my Piano   Clarinet, violin, piano - Richard Grantham (Australia)
River Songs   Soprano and piano - Betty Beath (Australia)
Thaïs   including violin solo   Meditation   final act Soprano with chamber ensemble - Jules Massenet (France)
Enemies of Gravity   Flute, clarinet, piano - Andrew Ball (Australia)
Tangent Blues   Flute, piano - Karen Lemon (Australia)
Dumka   Piano - Pytor Tchaikovsky (Russia)
NRG   Bass clarinet - Gerard Brophy (Australia)

Featured non-Australian music: Tchaikovsky, Massenet.

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

Featured Australian Works

Enemies of Gravity : flute, clarinet and piano by Andrew Ball — World premiere
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
River songs : a cycle for soprano voice and piano (1991) by Betty Beath
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
 Tangent Blues by Karen Lemon — World premiere
 The Lyrebird in my Piano by Richard Grantham

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