2021 Season: A Fresh Start
2021 Season: A Fresh Start: We begin in 2021 with a sense of optimism as we look forward to the return of live concerts.
In order to ensure the safety of our audience and musicians, we are working with UNSW to ensure this safe return by offering a five-concert series (rather than the usual six), starting in April rather than March and by offering concerts without an interval.
The 2021 season centres on performances by our core musicians who will bring to life programs of great contrast, transcendence and beauty. We have retained a number of major works from the cancelled 2020 programs, such as the elegiac Brahms Horn Trio, Beethoven’s youthful Quintet for piano and winds and the darkly dramatic Piano Quintet by Shostakovich, and added to these other masterpieces such as Fauré’s first Piano Quintet and the Schumann Piano Quartet.
Australia Ensemble programs have always featured gems by lesser known composers. In continuing this tradition, we honour three fabulous composing women: Lili Boulanger – sister of the famous composition teacher and performer Nadia Boulanger – who died tragically young at the tender age of 24; Mélanie Bonis, the prolific and gifted French Romantic composer and Australia’s own Holly Harrison, whose work Slipstream will be premiered in the final concert of the year.
We welcome the return of Gordon Kerry’s commissioned work from 2016 while the music lasts, commissioned by Professor Roger Covell’s wife Patricia Brown, as well as the Ensemble’s first ever (and most performed!) commission Café Concertino by Carl Vine.
Although we were able to bring you some online content in 2020, the absence of live music was a gap that we all yearned for. I know the ensemble are looking forward to returning to the stage in a COVID-safe manner that will fill our hearts once more with the beauty of music performed with passion and verve.
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