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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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Spring is here… join us for Classical Inspirations

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Cherry blossom (Photo credit: Ana Gasston)

I can feel it in the air, and as I walk past the blossoming cheery trees down the street, Spring is definitely here. And what better way to celebrate than with a concert program filled with youthful and bright music.


This Saturday, the first day of Spring, we explore the early Classical masters and the influence that the Classical and Romantic tradition had on young impressionable composers. Beethoven’s Quintet for piano and winds is a youthful homage to Mozart, emulating the elder composer while establishing his own clear voice. The Clarinet Sonata is one of Bernstein’s first published compositions, of which the form and style is closely aligned to the Romantic tradition. Mozart was already an established composer by the time he composed the Kegelstatt Trio, supposedly for one of his best piano pupils. Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet remains his most performed composition due to the unique combination of capturing the character of the performers in his music, the use of traditional folk song in a chorale setting, and a structure firmly rooted in the Classical tradition.


Beethoven – Quintet for piano and winds, Op. 16


Much like his string quartets (Op. 18) that Beethoven was writing at the same time the composition reflects the influence of his older peers, Mozart and Haydn. In fact the quintet closely mimics Mozart’s Quintet for the same instruments and composed in the same key of E flat, K. 452 (written in 1784). and even has similar tempi for each movements. Even though Beethoven’s writing for the winds closely follows the style of Mozart’s wind serenades, Beethoven does assert his personality through the forceful writing for the piano. An alternate version with the same opus number is written for piano, violin, viola and cello. Both works were dedicated to Prince Joseph Johann zu Schwarzenberg.


Bernstein – Sonata for clarinet and piano


One of America’s most remarkable and versatile musicians, Leonard Bernstein was a composer, conductor, pianist and educator. Although most famous as a conductor, and for his score for the musical West Side Story, Bernstein was a prolific composer, writing symphonies, operas, choral and piano music. The Sonata is dedicated to clarinetist David Oppenheim, whom Bernstein met during the Tanglewood summer season of 1942.


Mozart – Trio for clarinet, viola and piano K.498


From the first time he heard the clarinet in the famous orchestra at Mannheim in 1778, Mozart was entranced by its beautiful tone. Writing to his father Mozart declared, “you can’t guess the lordly effect of symphony with flutes, oboes and clarinets”. Although Mozart used clarinets that year in his Paris Symphony (no. 31), it wasn’t until his friendship with clarinetist and fellow Freemason Anton Stadler was established in Vienna that he began to write for the instrument with the virtuosity well known from his Clarinet Concerto and Clarinet Quintet of 1789.


Nielsen – Wind Quintet


Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet is one of the key works of the wind quintet repertoire. It is modern yet very accessible, and while each instrument has a distinct voice, the whole is expressive and cohesive. In 1921 Nielsen was inspired to compose a wind quintet after overhearing a rehearsal of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante by members of the Copenhagen Wind Quintet. Nielsen’s wind quintet was then dedicated to the ensemble and they premiered the quintet in 1922.

–  Notes, by Ian Sykes, Clare Kahn and Alison Evans.


I hope that you may be able to join us!


When: Saturday 1st September, 7.30pm

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

Tickets: $15-$35


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


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Classical Inspirations

Grave of Leonard Bernstein, an American conduc...

Grave of Leonard Bernstein, an American conductor, composer in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Join Sirius Chamber Ensemble as we explore a variety of repertoire inspired by early masters. The Quintet for piano and winds by Ludwig van Beethoven is a youthful homage to Mozart, emulating the elder composer’s quintet but establishing a clearly unique voice.

One of his first published compositions, the form and style of the Clarinet Sonata by Leonard Bernstein is closely aligned to the Romantic tradition, although the sweeping lines and rhythmic drive foreshadow the popular tunes of West Side Story.

The Wind Quintet by one of Denmark’s greatest 20th-century composers, Carl Nielsen remains his most performed composition. Written for the performers of the Copenhagen Wind Quintet, Nielsen captured the character of each performer in the instrumentation of the music. The theme in the final movement was Nielsen’s own melody used for the spiritual song, My Jesus, make my heart to love thee. The structure of the work is firmly rooted in the Classical tradition.

Also on the program is Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” trio for clarinet, viola and piano, popularly known to be composed during a game of skittles.

When: Saturday 1st September, 7.30pm

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

Tickets: $15-$35

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

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