Sirius Chamber Ensemble – Mestizo Dances

Josephine Baker dancing the Charleston at the ...

Josephine Baker dancing the Charleston at the Folies Bergère, Paris — Revue Nègre Dance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sirius Chamber Ensemble concludes its 2012 concert series on a bright note, combining well-loved masterpieces, a jazz ballet suite and the premiere of a new composition written especially for the ensemble. Sydney-based composer, arranger and performer Nigel Ubrihien composed the septet Mestizo Dances after his travels in Mexico and is written for the unusual mix of wind and string instruments – flute, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola and cello.

To continue the dance theme of the program, Bohuslav Martinu’s ballet suite La Revue de Cuisine based on the bizarre story of kitchen utensils dancing and falling in love on stage. The composition scored for a sextet – clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello and piano – explores the popular jazz styles of the 1920’s.

Clarinetist Ian Sykes will be joined by the Bancroft Quartet to perform Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet Op.115. One of Brahms’ later works modelled on Mozart’s Quartet for the same instrumentation; the Quintet is regarded to be one of his greatest compositions for chamber ensemble.

Also on the program will be the lesser-known Trio for flute, viola and bassoon by Malcolm Arnold.


When: Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm

Where: St Philip’s Anglican Church, 3 York St, Sydney

Tickets: $15-$35


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