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Forces of Nature


Forces of Nature

  • Date: Saturday, 13 October 2018, 8:00pm-10:00pm
  • Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium — University of New South Wales, Gate 9, High Street, Kensington, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $54 | Children: $15 | Concession: $32 | Senior: $41 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9385 4874

Event Details

Veering away from the famed Four Seasons of Vivaldi, this program explores composers which have been inspired to embody the rapture of the natural world. The two previously commissioned works, of Maria Grenfell’s radiant Ten Suns Ablaze and Nigel Westlake’s marvellously energetic Rare Sugar, both reflect aspects intrinsic to the Australian landscape. The famously idyllic nature of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is venerated in all its rustic charm in the second movement, Szene am Bach (scene from a brook), arranged by Gotthard Fischer for string sextet. Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ flute solo Landscape with Birds conjures the natural beauty of the Baltic states.

The Australia Ensemble concludes its 2018 season with one of the great statements of American chamber music. Copland’s ballet suite Appalachian Spring, originally scored for thirteen instruments, celebrates the vastness of nature and chamber music to end the year with great joy and optimism.

Performers: Australia Ensemble Guest artists: Andrew Barnes (bassoon) Aiko Goto (violin) Fiona Ziegler (violin) Tobias Breider (viola) Paul Stender (cello) Andrew Meisel (double bass)

Featured non-Australian music: Beethoven, Pēteris Vasks, Aaron Copland

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9385 4874 or by email to australia.ensemble@unsw.edu.au

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