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KPO presents 'Firebird & Strauss'


KPO presents 'Firebird & Strauss'

  • Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018, 7.30pm
  • Venue: The Concourse, Chatswood — 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $40 | Children: $12 | Concession: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 1300 795 012

Event Details

The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to join with celebrated soprano Taryn Fiebig in a performance of Richard Strauss's supremely beautiful Four Last Songs. Settings of poems by Joseph Eichendorff and Herman Hesse, with their rich contrapuntal colours, rapturous melodies and radiant orchestration, these songs are consummate examples of Strauss's gift for expressing words through music.

Taryn Fiebig is a principal artist with Opera Australia, recently appearing as Musetta in La Bohème and Gudrun in Götterdämerung. She is also well known to Sydney audiences for her performances with Pinchgut Opera and the Sydney Philharmonia.

In contrast to the Strauss, Stravinsky's thrilling Firebird Suite captures the initial success of a young composer destined to shape music history in the space of just a few years with three extraordinary ballet scores. Commissioned for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, The Firebird received a highly successful premiere in Paris in 1910, paving the way for Petrushka (1911) and Rite of Spring (1913).

Less radical than its successors, The Firebird sits more clearly within the tradition established by Stravinsky's teacher Rimsky-Korsakov and his contemporaries, and yet intimations of the later works are not difficult to find.

Complementing the Stravinsky in our program is White Ghost Dancing, by distinguished Australian composer Ross Edwards. This is paired with his Emerald Crossing—a calmer work but still dance-like, described by the composer as having the characteristics of a barcarolle. Setting the scene for the Four Last Songs is Richard Wagner's dignified and atmospheric Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin.


Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude
Strauss: Four Last Songs
Ross Edwards: Emerald Crossing & White Ghost Dancing
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

Featured non-Australian music: Stravinsky, R. Strauss, Wagner

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 8075 8100 or by email to info@kpo.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample Emerald crossing : for piano & string orchestra (2002) by Ross Edwards
— performed by Paul Terracini and Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra
White ghost dancing : for orchestra (1999) by Ross Edwards
— performed by Paul Terracini and Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra

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