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
Performers: Ian Sykes (clarinet), Clare Kahn (cello), Benjamin Burton (piano), Lucy Carrigy-Ryan (viola), Vanessa Tammetta, Sonia Wilson and Angela Cassar (violins).
Guest horn soloist: Unfortunately and contrary to previously advertised, Michael Wray cannot perform this concert due to personal circumstances. Our guest performer is yet to be announced.
When: Saturday 12th May 2018, 6:00pm
Where: Christ Church, Lavender St, 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.
Program: to be announced later in the year
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
Coming later in 2017
The Elements will be an all-Australian program, featuring the music of Dr Paul Smith, Eve Duncan, and Ross Edwards.
More information will be available later in the year.
Spike Mason – CD Launch of ‘Flying’
In 2017, Sirius Chamber Ensemble collaborated with jazz musician and composer, Spike Mason. With original music, written by Spike, based on the poem “Flying” by Tasmanian writer Di Adams. Spike has written 9 pieces, which follows the journey of an individual who discovers they can fly. Performed by Spike Mason (saxophone), Melissa Coleman (flute), Alex Fontaine (oboe), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Dr Alison Evans (bassoon), Gareth Lewis (trombone), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Luke Spicer (viola), Steve Meyer (cello) and Claire Howard Race (piano). Sound Engineer: Ross A’hern.
More information about the launch concert will be available later in the year.