Sirius Chamber Ensemble’s first concert for 2017, Musical Tales, will explore the connections between music and the spoken voice. This year the ensemble presents its concerts at Christ Church, Lavender Bay.
In Musical Tales Sirius Chamber Ensemble will present an eclectic program intertwining music and spoken narrative which will feature several Australian composers and a range of guest artists. The stories to be told will deal with life, death and musical transcendence. Australian works include Matilda for narrator and wind quartet by Melbourne-based composer Joseph Giovinazzo, Eden for narrator and flute by Andrew Batterham, and The Death of Baldr by Paul Smith with music and selected recitations from Nordic poetry and sagas. The program will also include David Lang’s exuberant work Music for Gracious Living for actor and string quartet and the farewell ode Abscheid von der Erde by Franz Schubert.
Formed in 2011, Sirius Chamber Ensemble is a mixed ensemble of winds, strings and piano and performs music from the classical to contemporary periods in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. Committed to collaborating regularly with local and international composers, the diverse instrumental line-up enables the ensemble to perform chamber works with unusual instrumentation and to present works for large chamber ensemble in addition to those composed for smaller groups. The ensemble’s name resonates with the history of Sydney as it refers to the name of the flagship of the First Fleet, the H.M.S Sirius.
Performers: Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Claire Howard Race (piano).
Guest Artists: Nigel Turner-Carroll (actor), Paul Smith (composer/reciter), Taryn Srhoj (narrator), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Ella Brinch (viola), Steve Meyer (cello).
Tickets: $30 Adults, $20 Concession, $10 Children. Available at the door or click here.