Omega at the Mint

Sydney Living Museums presents Omega Ensemble at the Mint – a three part concert series performed by The Omega Ensemble to coincide with our Songs of Home exhibition.

Concert One: Songs of Home: Bach, Beethoven & Bowler

Sunday 22 September 2019, 2pm

A String Trio Arrangement of the Bach Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's String Trio Op.9 No.1. followed by a new commission by UK composer, Laura Bowler inspired by our Songs of Home exhibition.


Concert Two: Mozart & Beethoven

Sunday 6 October, 2pm

Works for Clarinet and Strings by Bernhard Henrik Crussel, Mozart and Beethoven


Concert Three: Summer Winds

Sunday 8 December, 2pm

Wind Quintets by Holst, Ligeti and Damase


Program

Concert One: Songs of Home: Bach, Beethoven & Bowler

Sunday 22 September 2019, 2pm

A String Trio Arrangement of the Bach Goldberg Variations, Beethoven, String Trio  followed by a new commission.

A String Trio Arrangement of the Bach Goldberg Variations followed by a new commission by UK composer Laura Bowler celebrating the Songs of Home exhibition. The new work reflects on the British experience of emigrating to Australia and the music brought from home. Thanks to Professor Jeanice Brooks, University of Southampton, and Megan Martin, Sydney Living Museums, for their assistance in the development of this work.

Program:

Bach, Goldberg Variations (selection) vln, vla, vc

15 mins

Beethoven, String Trio Op.9 No. 1 in Eb major vln, vla, vc

27 mins

Laura Bowler, ‘Songs of Home’ [New Work] soprano, hrp, vln, vc

10 mins

Total event duration: 60 minutes

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Concert Two: Mozart & Beethoven

Sunday 6 October, 2pm

Works for Clarinet and Strings by Bernhard Henrik Crussel, Mozart and Beethoven

Program:

Bernhard Henrik Crussel: Clarinet Quartet No. 2 in C-minor, Op.4

Beethoven: String Trio Op.9 No. 2 in D

Mozart: Clarinet Quartet in E flat Major

Duration: 75 minutes, no interval

Concert Three: Summer Winds

Sunday 8 December, 2pm

Wind Quintets by Holst, Ligeti and Damase

Program:

Gustav Holst: Wind Quintet in A-Flat Major, Op. 14

György Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet

Jean-Michel Damase: 17 Variations for Wind Quintet, Op. 22

Airat Ichmouratov: New Commission

Duration: 75 minutes, no interval

About OMEGA Ensemble

Omega Ensemble are one of Australia’s foremost professional chamber music groups. Founded in 2005 by clarinettist David Rowden, the Ensemble have fast became a powerful musical force in Sydney, hailed as ‘first-rate musicians’ (the Daily Telegraph) and ’one of the best chamber music outfits in town’ (Sydney Morning Herald).

The Ensemble present some of Australia’s most outstanding talents, as well as international guest artists, in a powerful chamber music setting. In addition to their work with the Ensemble, many of Omega’s core musicians also hold principal roles in professional orchestras, including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, USA.

The Ensemble’s artistic programs are diverse and provocative, presenting music from the late-Baroque to 20th Century, as well as frequent World and Australian premieres. Omega have to date commissioned over 40 works from leading composers, including Elena Kats-Chernin, Andrew Ford, Matthew Hindson, George Palmer and most recently American composer Nico Muhly.

Omega Ensemble perform regularly in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as frequent touring to regional areas and appearances at national music festivals. In addition to performances at home, Omega has also toured to China, with sellout performances and masterclasses at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Chang Chun’s JiLin College of Arts and Dalian University.

In addition to concert performances, Omega also maintains a growing On Demand catalogue of live concert videos, available online as well as broadcast on Australia’s national airline, Qantas, In-flight Entertainment. The Ensemble’s live performances regularly air on radio, including ABC Classic FM and the Ensemble’s debut studio album was released on ABC Classics in 2016. In 2018 the Ensemble launched the Omega Classics label for independent release of new studio recordings, and an expansive back catalogue of live recordings.

Bookings essential

General $89

Members $79

Members Series Ticket (all three concerts): special price of $210 ($27 discount).

When & Where

Sunday 22 September 2019 2PM–3.30PM
Sunday 6 October 2019 2PM–3.30PM
Sunday 8 December 2019 2PM–3.30PM

The Mint

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
+612 8239 2288

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