17. August 2019 - 20:00 till 22:00
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Cool Fire | Australia Ensemble 2019 | Sir John Clancy Auditorium | Saturday, 17. August 2019

Miriam Hyde | **** 
Paul Moravec | Cool Fire 
Wolfgang Mozart | Quartet in F K370/368b
Gabriel Pierné | Piano Quintet in E minor Op.41
with guest artists Lisa Osmialowski, flute; and Huw Jones, oboe
Much-loved Australian composer Miriam Hyde’s **** for flute, oboe and piano, sets the tone of neoclassical elegance in this program of contrasts. We are also excited to present the Australian premiere of American Paul Moravec’s zesty ensemble work Cool Fire. Its title suggests the diverse emotional range we traverse later in Gabriel Pierné’s opulent Piano Quintet. Although not a household name, Pierné was a multi-talented musician, organist and conductor whose output was influenced by some of the greats of the French Romantic tradition including César Franck. These treats are paired with Mozart, whose Oboe Quartet, a beautifully poised and highly virtuosic piece of chamber music, resembles a concerto for oboe. This quartet encapsulates both the cool and fiery elements of our program, namely by Mozart’s balanced classical structures infused with virtuosic musical passion.

Life begins at 40
Professor Roger Covell’s idea for a resident ensemble at UNSW was initiated in 1979, coming to fruition in the first subscription season in 1980. Now, 40 years on, we can aver his idea has stood the test of time in style! Like all Australia Ensemble seasons, number 40 has the hallmarks of quality, diversity and variety. We pair something old with something new, and works of the canon beside less-familiar hidden gems.
Music of Mozart and Brahms again features prominently in 2019, as their timeless themes are rightly part of the established repertory. However, we also explore works unlikely to be found in a ‘Top 100’ CD box set: composers Gabriel Pierné and Ludwig Thuille may not be household names, yet their works presented here are fascinating, engaging and worthy of a place in concert programs.
We welcome special guests, mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell and harpist Alice Giles, to guide us through a program of Folksong-inspired compositions. We also welcome back a large range of visiting musicians who augment our core players in this richly diverse Australia Ensemble season. Our proud commitment to new music continues with world premieres by Andrew Ford and Jessica Wells, plus the Australian premieres of works by Americans David Bruce and Paul Moravec. We give pride of place to other local composers including Miriam Hyde, John Peterson and Martin Wesley-Smith in reprising their outstanding music.
Our 2019 season ranges across a great emotional landscape from the romantically sumptuous through to the contemporary edge. Along the way we flirt with popular styles too. It’s a veritable fiesta of music-making, eminently suitable for a significant anniversary. We plan to continue the 40th anniversary celebrations well into 2020. I heartily commend the 2019 season and hope to see you there amongst the loyal followers and new-devotees.
Paul Stanhope, Artistic Chair

For more information please visit the Australia Ensemble website