Sirius announces 2013 Concert Series

We are pleased to announce our 2013 concert series at St Philip’s Church, York St Sydney. We will be presenting three concerts this year, and for the first time are offering subscription tickets for the entire series.

Our core ensemble of Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Melissa Coleman (flute), Julia Zeltzer (french horn), Georgina Price (viola), Clare Kahn (cello) and Claire Howard Race (piano) will be returning to present an even more diverse range of works this year.

Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Khachaturian 1940

Concert 1 – Saturday 25th May, 7.30pm

The Voice of Exile

Sirius Chamber Ensemble focuses on composers known to have worked under the communist regimes in the former Soviet Union. Despite heavy censorship, fear of deportation or death, composers in this period produced some of the most profound music of the twentieth century.

Dimitri Shostakovich – Piano Trio No.2.

Sergei Prokofiev – Flute Sonata Op.94

Bohuslav Martinu – Nonet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello and bass.

Guest Artists: Angus Lindsay (oboe), Martyn Hentschel (violin), Heloise Meisel (violin), Andrew Meisel (bass).

Concert 2 – Saturday 10th August, 7.30pm

The Americas

Join Sirius Chamber Ensemble for a musical journey through the Americas. Beginning in Brazil with the wind quintet “Quintette en forme de Choros” by Heitor Villa-Lobos and then following to Argentina for “Le Grand Tango” for cello and piano by Astor Piazzolla. Venturing further north, we get a taste of the United States with a pastoral “Quiet in the Land” for flute, clarinet, cor anglais, viola and cello by Kenneth Fuchs and the Trio for clarinet, cello and piano by Robert Muczynski. To conclude is the joyous “Belle Epoque in Sud America” for wind quintet by Brazilian composer Julio Medaglia.

Concert 3 – Saturday 30th November, 7.30pm

Eastern Europe

Sirius Chamber Ensemble travels on a journey through the tumultuous history of Hungary and Czechoslovakia. The use of folk songs and national dance in the music of Béla Bartók and Antonín Dvořák inspired later composers such as György Ligeti. Sirius will premiere a new work by Nigel Ubrihien, an arrangement of Hungarian folk songs for vocalist and chamber ensemble.

Béla Bartók – “Contrasts” for clarinet, violin and piano

György Ligeti – Six Bagatelles for wind quintet

Nigel Ubrihien – new work

Antonín Dvořák – Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op.81

Tickets are available for sale now at

Single Tickets:

Adult $35 / Concession $25 / Child $15

3 Concert Subscription:

Adult $90 / Concession $65 / Child $30

We look forward to a great year of music making, and hope to see you at a concert soon.

Ian Sykes and Alison Evans

Sirius Chamber Ensemble

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