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River Songs - Hourglass Ensemble - contemporary Australian chamber music


River Songs - Hourglass Ensemble - contemporary Australian chamber music

  • Date: Sunday, 18 March 2018, 3pm
  • Venue: Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane — 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, QLD
  • Tickets: Adults: $30 | Children: $10 | Concession: $25 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online

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

Three Brisbane composers feature in this sensual, cool, crystalline music. “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.

Featured non-Australian music: Massenet, Tchaikovsky.

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
— 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
 The Lyrebird in my Piano by Richard Grantham

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