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  • Date: Wednesday, 9 February 2022, 6:00pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: 40 | Children: 29 | Concession: 29 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

Experience this intimate chamber performance of Ensemble Offspring’s ABC Classic ‘Songbirds' repertory in your own backyard. Featuring an array of original chamber works by nature’s own composers – butcherbirds, blackbirds, lorikeets, frogs and flamingos – with a little help from eight Australian composers and three Ensemble Offspring instrumentalists. The familiar calls and songs of these beautiful creatures morph into surprising and beguiling chamber jewels for flute, clarinet and percussion. All of the works have been written by some of Australia’s leading composers especially for the members of Ensemble Offspring. Hollis Taylor brings us the song of the pied butcher bird in Bitter Springs Creek 2014, while Kate Moore takes the liquid melodies of the European blackbird and intertwines alto flute, bass clarinet and vibraphone in an intricate counterpoint. Fiona Loader’s Lorikeet Corroboree is an upbeat, punchy work which weaves the crazy chatter of Australia’s rainbow lorikeets in with some older, ground-dwelling composers. Meanwhile Gerard Brophy makes flamingos dance and hummingbirds buzz in his brand new 3 movement tour-de-force Beautiful Birds. And don’t miss the return of the otherworldly sounds of Claire’s unique waterphone, live, in its natural habitat.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9699 3333 or by email to admin@ensembleoffspring.com

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample Beautiful birds (trios: flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone) (2019) by Gerard Brophy
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
Bitter Springs Creek 2014 (trios: flute, clarinet, vibraphone) (2019) by Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
Desert rose (duos: flute, vibraphone) (2010) by Jane Stanley
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
Digital sheet music sample Lorikeet Corroboree (trios: flute, clarinet, vibraphone) (2015) by Fiona Loader
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
Digital sheet music sample Mungala (Clouds) : for alto flute and percussion (2018) by Brenda Gifford
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
People of this Place : bass clarinet solo (2016) by Felicity Wilcox
— performed by Ensemble Offspring

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