Dances Of Nature – The Australia Ensemble@UNSW


The sound patterns of the eastern Australian seaboard are always nearby the music of Ross Edwards. The Australia Ensemble’s September program The Dance of Nature includes the premiere of Ross Edwards’ new work Animisms, written for the Australia Ensemble@UNSW, celebrating the rich diversity of the natural world and dedicated to his one-time teacher, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Also a committed environmentalist, Maxwell Davies draws his inspiration from the rustic tradition of Scottish reels and dances.

Also, in this program, our featured guest artists – guitar virtuoso Karin Schaupp and percussionist Claire Edwardes – take centre-stage in Nigel Westlake’s scintillating Songs from the Forest.

Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet is a timeless celebration of the wonders of nature, and one of chamber music’s best-loved pieces. Based upon the famous lied of the same name, Schubert’s wit and invention shines through in a spectacular set of variations.

The program:

Peter MAXWELL DAVIES Renaissance Scottish Dances for flute, clarinet, percussion, guitar, violin and cello (1973)
Nigel WESTLAKE Songs from the Forest for guitar and percussion (1994)
Ross EDWARDS Animisms (2014) – new work commissioned for the Australia Ensemble@UNSW, in celebration of Peter Maxwell Davies’ 80th birthday
Franz SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A major ‘The Trout’ D667 (1819)
Guest artists: Karin Schaupp, guitar; Claire Edwardes, percussion; Michelle Wood, cello; Andrew Meisel, double bass

Tickets: Adult $48/ Senior $35/ Concession $27/ Student rush $15

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