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Postcards from Vienna

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The engaging and talented soprano Taryn Srhoj returns to perform with Sirius in Postcards from Vienna, featuring music premiered in Vienna between 1777 and 1913. The earliest piece, Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D major (No.1) will be followed by the more recent, Seven Early Songs for soprano and piano, and Four Pieces for clarinet and piano by Alban Berg. Complimenting the program will be Richard Strauss’ Das Alphorn for soprano, horn and piano, and Brahms’ Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, although no Viennese concert would be complete without a rousing finale by Johann Strauss. We are sure that you will be delighted by a humourous arrangement of Strauss’ Tritsch Tratsch Polka by our good friend and colleague Nigel Ubrihien.

This year we are presenting our performances at two venues. Saturday evening performances will be at Glebe Justice Centre, a relaxed venue with couches. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available and the audience is invited to bring their own food and drink to enjoy during the concert. Sunday afternoon performances will be in the beautiful space of Christ Church Lavender Bay, where we will serve an afternoon tea at interval, overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Saturday 17th October, 7.30pm at Glebe Justice Centre, corner of St John’s Rd and Colbourne Ave, Glebe.

Sunday 18th October, 2pm at Christ Church, Lavender Bay, corner of Walker and Lavender Streets, North Sydney.

Tickets: $30 Adults/$20 Concession/$10 Children

Performers: Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Julia Zeltzer (french horn), Martyn Hentschel (violin), Georgina Price (viola), Clare Kahn (cello), Claire Howard Race (piano), with guest artists Taryn Srhoj (soprano) and Gabriella Pusner (piano).

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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

Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/BQPK

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