2018 Concert Program

Is anyone else surprised that it’s March already! Well, I’m looking forward to Autumn, the best season of the year, and to planning for our next concerts. The Sirius Chamber Ensemble program for 2018 includes a concert dedicated to Mothers; a concert showcasing the compositions of Melbourne-based composers Eve Duncan and Dr Houston Dunleavy; and an all-Australian program of compositions inspired by the Elements. We will also be launching Flying, a CD featuring the music of jazz saxophonist and composer Spike Mason. More information available later in the year.

Songs My Mother Taught Me

Sirius Chamber Ensemble will present a special concert program dedicated to mothers. Each work performed explores different relationships experienced between mother and child. In Berceuse for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Becky Llewellyn, we catch a glimpse of the unique bond between a mother and newborn child. Many compositions dedicated to mothers often express love but also grief, which is seen in works by Graeme Koehne and Johannes Brahms. Koehne’s Time is a River, written in 2010, is a moving tribute depicted by the melancholic sound of a clarinet drifting down a flowing river of a string quartet. A deeply personal composition, Brahms’ Horn Trio in E-flat major was written after the death of his mother in 1865. In this four-movement work Brahms portrays the different stages of mourning – not only grief and sadness – but as time inevitably passes, love and acceptance follows. Originally written for voice and piano in 1880, “Songs my mother taught me” by Antonin Dvorak has been transcribed for many instrumental combinations. One of the more popular songs from Dvorak’s Gypsy Songs and often recorded, will be performed by cello and piano as a short tribute to all who hold special childhood memories.


  • Becky Llewellyn – Berceuse for clarinet, viola, cello and piano
  • Antonin Dvorak – Songs my Mother Taught Me (arr.) for cello and piano
  • Graeme Koehne – Time Is A River for clarinet and string quartet
  • Johannes Brahms – Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40 for horn, violin and piano

When: Saturday 12th May 2018, 6:00pm

Where: Christ Church Lavender Bay

Tickets: $30 Adults, $20 Concession, $10 Child – Available at www.trybooking.com/ULQX or at the door


Meet the Composer

Our meet the composer concerts have become increasingly popular. In June, we have the absolute pleasure of inviting Melbourne-based composers, Eve Duncan and Dr Houston Dunleavy to discuss their work alongside performances of a selection of their compositions.

When: Saturday 23rd June 2018, 6:00pm

Where: Christ Church Lavender Bay

Tickets: $30 Adults, $20 Concession, $10 Child – Available at www.trybooking.com/ULQY or at the door


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