A program of contrasts, showing the free rein of composers’ invention. Brahms breaks free of classical convention in his first Sextet. Australian composer Elizabeth Younan plays off ensemble and soloists, Robert Muczynski and Herbert Howells pay homage to the past and imagine the future.
Concerts & Events
The Music Performance Unit produces a variety of concerts and events throughout the year, including Australia Ensemble UNSW, Collegium Musicum Choir, UNSW Wind Symphony, Burgundian Consort, UNSW Orchestra, Composer Conversations and Cushion concerts.
Keep checking throughout the year as new events are added!
Songs encapsulate some of our deepest emotions, from the despair of John Dowland consoled by Paul Stanhope’s new work, Vaughan Williams’s meditations on life and mortality, through to pure joy in works by Beethoven and Ravel.
Smetana’s Piano Trio is one last lullaby for a lost child, laced with memories of dancing and joy.
The ease of a summer holiday is reflected Dvořák’s Piano Quartet, while Barber’s wind quintet suggests a tour through different landscapes on a sunny day.
Some music delights in pattern for its own sake.
Finish the year in the company of the fairy tale characters of Ravel’s Mother Goose, the distinctive Australia sound of Ross Edwards, some sparkling Mozart, and the deftly-drawn birds and animals of Saint-Saëns’s ‘Grand Zoological Fantasy’.