Concerts & Events

The Music Performance Unit produces a variety of concerts and events throughout the year, including Australia Ensemble UNSWCollegium Musicum ChoirUNSW Wind SymphonyBurgundian ConsortUNSW OrchestraComposer Conversations and Cushion concerts.

Keep checking throughout the year as new events are added!

 

 

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Date: Tuesday, 8 February 2022 - 10:00am
Location: G16, Robert Webster Building

Audition For the Burgundian Consort

The Burgundian Consort has existed as an elite arm of the Collegium Musicum Choir for many years (since about 1985). It includes only a small number of singers (12-18), mostly (but not exclusively) undergraduate music students and sings challenging, unaccompanied repertoire.

All members of the Burgundian Consort are required to audition.

Please be prepared to sing and complete:

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Date: Tuesday, 8 February 2022 - 4:30pm
Location: 306, Robert Webster Building

Audition For UNSW Wind Symphony Section Leader in 2022.

Please be prepared to play and complete:

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Date: Wednesday, 9 February 2022 - 9:30am
Location: G16, Robert Webster Building

Complete your voice placement for Collegium Musicum Choir for 2022.

For the Voice Placement you need to prepare a simple song to sing unaccompanied, such as Scarborough Fair, Waltzing Matilda, a hymn, a Christmas carol, or a song in a language other than English!

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Date: Thursday, 10 February 2022 - 10:00am
Location: G18 & 306 Robert Webster Building

Auditions will take place between 10am and 5pm on Thursday 10 February and Friday 11 February.

Please be prepared to play and complete:

  • Two pieces to play unaccompanied on your nominated instrument
  • Scales
  • Sight reading

Rehearsals for UNSW Orchestra are each Tuesday during the academic term,6:30-9:00pm in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW.

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Date: Saturday, 12 March 2022 - 8:00pm
Location: 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)

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Date: Saturday, 9 April 2022 - 8:00pm
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Four composers, four significant birthdays, celebrated in music written in youthful spirits by Vaughan Williams and Xenakis or with the wisdom of maturity, as in Debussy’s popular Première rhapsodie, or that suffuses César Franck’s late passionate masterpiece, the Piano Quintet.


Claude DEBUSSY | Première rhapsodie (1909-10)

Iannis XENAKIS | Dhipli Zyia (1952)

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | Quintet in D (1898)

César FRANCK | Piano Quintet in F minor Op.14 (1879)

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Date: Saturday, 21 May 2022 - 8:00pm
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

The elegance of Beethoven’s courtly wind Trio contrasts with the full-blown Romanticism of Brahms’s Third Piano Trio, while Peggy Glanville-Hicks offers snappy wit in her Concertino da Camera and Stuart Greenbaum meditates on human and environmental tragedy in his Easter Island.


Ludwig BEETHOVEN | Trio Op.87 (1794) for flute, clarinet & bassoon

Stuart GREENBAUM | Easter Island (2008)

Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS | Concertino da Camera (1946)

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Date: Saturday, 27 August 2022 - 8:00pm
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Four pieces from four centuries apart that contrast and connect from an elegant Bach Sonata, through a seemingly effortless Mendelssohn String Quartet and Hindemith’s urbane Kleine Kammermusic to the premiere ofthe fascinating Speak, by gifted Australian composer Harry Sdraulig.


J.S. BACH | Flute Sonata in E minor BWV1034 (1717-23)

Harry SDRAULIG | Speak (2018, rev.2020)

Paul HINDEMITH | Kleine Kammermusik Op.24 no.2 (1922)

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Date: Saturday, 24 September 2022 - 8:00pm
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Experience well-known composers like Schubert, Rimsky-Korsakov and Dohnányi from the new and surprising perspective of their youthful works, as well as the world premiere of the exciting and accomplished Slipstream by rising Australian star, Holly Harrison. 


Franz SCHUBERT | Sonatensatz D28 (1812)

Holly HARRISON | Slipstream (2020)

Ernö DOHNÁNYI | Serenade in C Op.10 (1902)

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV | Quintet in B flat (1876) for piano and winds

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Date: Saturday, 22 October 2022 - 8:00pm
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Complete the season with the rich and refined Romantic textures of Brahms’s Third Piano Quartet and Amy Beach’s Romance, the sparkle of Mozart at the height of his career, and spicy jazz-influenced dance music of Martinů’s La Revue de Cuisine.


Wolfgang MOZART | Piano Trio in B flat K502 (1786)

Johannes BRAHMS | Clarinet Sonata Op.120 no.2 (1894)

Amy BEACH | Romance Op.23 (1893)

Bohuslav MARTINŮ | La Revue de Cuisine (1927)