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Songs from the Bush


Songs from the Bush

  • Date: Sunday, 7 May 2017, 2.30pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $99.00 | Children: $29.00 | Concession: $69.00 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9250 7777

Event Details

“…[Songs from the Bush] is disarmingly simple…a wonderful spaciousness…” Sydney Morning Herald

The clarinet takes the spotlight in a concert of deeply moving and lyrical chamber music. Busoni’s lesser-known Suite for Clarinet and String Quartet in G minor is filled with beautiful lyricism and driving rhythms that display a Romantic musical language but is looking towards the future. When composer Ian Munro first heard David Rowden perform Songs from the Bush, he admired his interpretation. Drawing on Indigenous music and Australian folk songs as the foundation of the work, Munro has crafted a lyrical, tender and moving piece of music for clarinet quintet, recently recorded by Omega on their ABC Classics album. Also included is Mozart’s String Quartet No. 17, aptly nicknamed ‘The Hunt’ due to the hunting-call motif that opens the work. In addition, Omega will perform the world premiere of Cyrus Meurant’s Concertino for Clarinet and Strings.

Performers: Omega Ensemble Artistic Director: David Rowden (clarinet) with Emma Jardine (violin), Vivien Jeffrey (violin), Neil Thompson (viola) and Paul Stender (cello)

Featured non-Australian music: Mozart String Quartet No.17 'The Hunt', K.458 and Busoni Suite for Clarinet and String Quartet in G minor

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0439 412 823 or by email to info@omegaensemble.com.au

Featured Australian Works

Clarinet quintet : Songs from the bush (2009) by Ian Munro
— performed by David Rowden and Omega Ensemble
 Concertino for Clarinet and Strings by Cyrus Meurant — World premiere

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