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The Hourglass Ensemble Autumn Season

BY Elly Baxter PR | 12-Apr-2019
Sydney’s audience-friendly contemporary chamber ensemble, The Hourglass Ensemble, will present two concerts featuring beloved classics and new Australian work in their Autumn Season: Starry, Starry Night featuring lullabies, nocturnes and songs for sleep and Everything I Touch an unusual and beguiling blend of new commissions and beloved masterpieces.
The Hourglass Ensemble Autumn Season
Ewa Kawolski from The Hourglass Ensemble
In line with their mission to play new and recent music alongside familiar late Romantic pieces, the repertoire includes everything from Brahms to Kats-Chenin with four world premieres of new compositions including ‘Everything I Touch - Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra’ by featured composer Margery Smith inspired by the sparse and concise poetry of Kobayashi Issa and Susan Sleepwriter.

Artistic Director of The Hourglass Ensemble Andrew Kennedy is passionate about making the chamber concert less abstract, giving the uninitiated listener an accessible guide to the music. “During the concert, I will explain the context, meaning, narrative and history of the composition, the difficult parts, the symbolism, and the interesting techniques,” says Kennedy. “We ensure that things the players know implicitly are made explicit to the listener. And, of course, we pick music we love and play with our friends, so the audience really notices how we play with passion, togetherness, and fun.”

The Hourglass Ensemble will also perform Winter and Spring seasons with repertoire to be announced later in the year.

Starry, Starry Night Concert

7.30pm Saturday 27 April, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

REPERTOIRE

BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 for clarinet and piano
SCHUBERT Nacht und Träume
SCHUMANN Mondnacht
HOLLAND Nocturne for solo piano
RODNEY-BENNETT Songs Before Sleep
GRANDAGE Two nocturnes for baritone, clarinet, and piano
ANDREW KENNEDY New work for baritone, clarinet, and piano World premiere

ARTISTS

Andrew Kennedy Clarinet
Andrew O'Connor* Baritone
Anna Rutkowska-Schock Piano

*Andrew O'Connor appears courtesy of the Song Company

Everything I Touch

2.30pm Sunday 28 April, St Columba Church, Woollahra
7.30pm Saturday 4 May, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

REPERTOIRE

BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 for clarinet and piano
KATS-CHERNIN Russian Rag for saxophone and string quartet
SMITH Everything I Touch Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra World premiere
BALL Clockwork Ghost for bass clarinet, viola, cello and prepared piano
MULLER Terra Anima for clarinet, viola and vibraphone World premiere
KENNEDY Serenade for flute, clarinet, saxophone and horn World premiere

ARTISTS

Ewa Kowalski Flute soloist
David Banney Conductor
Andrew Kennedy Clarinets & Artistic Director
Nicholas Russionello Saxophones
Tomas Talmacs Violin
Julia Russionello Violin
Tara Hashambhoy Viola
Caroline Hobbs Cello
Serena Lim Double Bass
Timothy Brigden Percussion
Anna Rutkowska-Schock Piano
Christopher Perrin Trumpet
Rafael Salgado French Horn