2023 Season: Luminescence
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Luminescence: a spontaneous emission of light, piercing darkness, illuminating its path. This Australia Ensemble UNSW’s 2023 program bursts with luminosity through a typically rich and varied program sure to ignite an inner glow.
We offer breathtaking masterworks such as the Brahms String Sextet in B flat, the compelling Smetana Piano Trio, Dvorak’s summery Piano Quartet no. 2 and with guest pianist Andrea Lam joining forces with Ian Munro, Mozart’s brilliant Sonata for Two Pianos. Mid-twentieth century pieces by Samuel Barber, Jean Françaix and Leo Smit are as sparkling as a glass of prosecco.
Australian tenor, Andrew Goodwin, joins the ensemble for a glorious exploration of chamber music and song, in two song cycles by Ravel and Vaughan Williams that highlight the warm friendship between these two composers. Songs by Müller and Dowland find their way into Beethoven’s dramatic and humorous Kakadu Variations while the Renaissance composer’s In Darkness Let Me Dwell snakes its shadowy ways through my own 2021 trio, Out of Darkness: Dawn.
Other contemporary pieces provide lively contrast in the season, with an especially impressive new quintet Concord Concertino by the rising star, Elizabeth Younan, complemented by similarly bright and effervescent works by Nigel Westlake and Ross Edwards. More contemplative but still ravishing are lullaby-inspired pieces by Australians Anne Cawrse and our own Ian Munro.
The Australia Ensemble UNSW always looks forward to working with our top-notch guest performers and are thus delighted by the return of trumpeter David Elton, in a fascinating exploration of science-inspired pieces. This concert exemplifies the contrapuntal mathematical genius of J.S Bach, introduces us to New York-based Missy Mazzoli’s Ecstatic Science and finishes with the Piano Quintet by the nineteenth century Russian chemist and composer, Alexander Borodin.
We end our season in joyful lightness with a pairing of Ian Munro’s beautiful arrangement of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite with the much-loved Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals look forward to seeing you at the Clancy Auditorium for this delightful season of superb chamber music.