The final program of 2021 opens with Franz Schubert’s remarkable first movement of the unfinished twelfth String Quartet.
Composed at a time of mixed receptions to his work and the successful premieres of his beloved songs Erlkönig and Die Forelle, this quartet is characterised by an intensity of emotion that was new in Schubert’s output.
Holly Harrison’s Slipstream, commissioned by the Australia Ensemble UNSW, will receive its premiere performance in this concert. This piece manifests different kinds of movement such as turbulence, within a framework of songlike melodies. Dmitry Shostakovich spent much of his career negotiating the line between creative expression and survival in a politically treacherous environment.
The Piano Quintet shows the influence of Bach, embracing the ambiguity of contrapuntal artistry and leaving subversive interpretation to the listener.
Despite the seriousness of the Piano Quintet, the program ends with Russian music on the lighter side with Waltzes by both Prokofiev and Shostakovich, delivering wit and humour even during the depths of Stalinism.
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This includes the introduction of a number of measures:
UNSW Hospitality is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
Patrons are required to wear a mask at all times while inside our foyers and auditorium, including during the performance. Children 12 years and under are exempt.
Seating is allocated. Each seat has been socially distanced for your safety. Within the venue, always take your allocated seat.
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Regular cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas.
A COVID-19 Safe Officer at each of our performances.
NSW Health QR Code registration for all patrons.
There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances, including the digital check in of every person for contract tracing purposes. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend our performances, and what’s required of you when you visit.