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Australia Ensemble UNSW

Australia Ensemble UNSW 2022 Subscription Concert: Cycles

9 High St
Kensington NSW 2052
Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Saturday 21 May from 8pm to 9:30pm


Adult: $56.00Senior: $43.00Concession: $34.00

The elegance of Beethoven’s courtly wind Trio contrasts with the full-blown Romanticism of Brahms’s Third Piano Trio, while Peggy Glanville-Hicks offers snappy wit in her Concertino da Camera and Stuart Greenbaum meditates on human and environmental tragedy in his Easter Island.

Ludwig BEETHOVEN | Trio Op.87 (1794) for flute, clarinet & bassoon

Stuart GREENBAUM | Easter Island (2008)

Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS | Concertino da Camera (1946)

Johannes BRAHMS | Piano Quartet no.3 in C minor Op.60 (1875)

David Griffiths, clarinet; Dene Olding, violin; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; Julian Smiles, cello; and Ian Munro, piano 

with Emeritus artist Geoffrey Collins, flute; and guest artist Andrew Barnes, bassoon

Brahms’s third Piano Quartet had a long gestation, seeded in the mid-1850s when his emotional life was in turmoil. When it finally appeared in 1872, the composer drily likened the piece to the then-fashionable story of Goethe’s Romantic hero Werther, who kills himself for love.

Brahms was in many ways the heir to Beethoven, whose short Trio from his early years in Bonn recalls the elegant sound of courtly wind ensembles.

Australian composer Peggy Glanville- Hicks studied in London and Vienna, but her greatest mentor was teacher and composer Nadia Boulanger. Her popular Concertino da Camera for piano and winds was written in New York in the mid-1940s, but its crystalline wit and neoclassical forms inevitably call to mind Boulanger’s pre-war Paris.

Written for the Australia Ensemble UNSW in 2008, Melbourne-based Stuart Greenbaum’s Easter Island is a moving meditation on the tragedy of that Pacific nation, famed for its massive sculptures, and a timely reminder of the dangers of man-made environmental collapse.

Covid-safe information

Please note: Patrons are requested to wear a mask whilst inside our foyers and auditorium, including during the performance.

Within the venue, always take your allocated seat.

As you move around Sir John Clancy Auditorium foyers, please practise physical distancing (1.5m whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.



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