Australia Ensemble UNSW 2022 Subscription Concert: Time Is A River

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Saturday March 12, 8.00pm to 9.30pm
Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Music draws us forward – sometimes urgently as in Mozart and Jennifer Higdon, sometimes with the gentler lyricism of Graeme Koehne’s Time is a Riveror Carlos Guastavino’s Clarinet Sonata – into a future of promise while cherishing the beauties of the past.

Jennifer HIGDON | Dash (2001)

Carlos GUASTAVINO | Clarinet Sonata (1970)

Graeme KOEHNE | Time is a river (2010)

Wolfgang MOZART | String Quintet in E flat K614 (1791)

David Griffiths, clarinet; Dene Olding, violin; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; Julian Smiles, cello; and Ian Munro, piano 

with guest artist Tobias Breider, viola

Full of aching nostalgia, cascades of passion and calm mystical lyricism, esteemed Australian composer Graeme Koehne’s clarinet quintet Time is a river is a meditation on ‘the resistless flow’ of time that bears all in its path.

Much-awarded US composer Jennifer Higdon also celebrates irresistible momentum, the speed that she sees as the goal of much modern life, in a work of coruscating brilliance that showcases the agility of clarinet, violin and piano. 

Flowing melody is the hallmark of Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino whose musical philosophy was simply ‘I love to sing’. His 1970 Clarinet Sonata is an immensely charming neoclassical work in which two dramatic, dance-inspired movements frame an andante full of liquid flourishes and melancholy love songs.

Mozart wrote his last chamber work, the E-flat String Quintet for a mysterious ‘Hungarian music-lover’ during his last year at around the time of The Magic Flute. Opera and quintet share much energetic humour and what has been called ‘sweet gravity’.



Adult $242 | Senior $186 | Concession $147

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Single tickets on sale Monday 14 February 2022

Adult $56 | Senior $43 | Concession $34

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