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19 July 2014

Venue: Utzon Room
Presented by: Australian Haydn Ensemble

Mozart, often fondly thought of as the jolliest of the classical composers, certainly lives up to this image in his 'Musical Joke'


The outstanding Australian violinist Paul Wright joins the Australian Haydn Ensemble  in a concert series of music spotlighting the unconventional side of genius, including Mozart's A Musical Joke.

 Reminiscent of the Masked Ball scene in Peter Schaeffer's Amadeus  where Mozart ridicules Salieri, the real life Musical Joke  pokes fun at C-grade composers & performers, lambasting them in a litany of musical faux pas, woefully banal melodies & 'wrong' notes. Try as he did to write 'bad' music, there's still plenty of joyous Mozartian elegance in the Musical Joke.  

 Also on the program is a delightfully rustic Boccherini String Quintet, an arrangement of an intriguing Haydn Concerto for two hurdy gurdy-like instruments, & Haydn's gorgeous Op.71/2 Sting Quartet - arranged by Haydn's friend, Wranitsky, for an almost symphonic nonet of strings, horns & winds.

 Though barely 2 years old, the Australian Haydn Ensemble has wasted no time in establishing critical acclaim and a passionate audience following. Brought together by Artistic Director & Violinist Skye McIntosh, Australian Haydn Ensemble members are current or recent members of some of the most acclaimed period instrument companies working today including The English ConsortThe Australian Brandenburg OrchestraPinchgut OperaOrchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Australian Chamber Orchestra  and The Gabrielli Consort.

With an inaugural season of sold out concerts at the Sydney Opera House's Utzon Room and fantastic reviews for their recent concerts in New York, the AHE has built a sense of anticipation for what they will achieve in 2014 as Resident Ensemble at ANU's School of Music, supported by Canberra CBD Limited.


Boccherini - String Quintet op. 39 no. 3

Haydn/Wranitzky - Divertinenti no. 2 from the Haydn String Quartet op. 71 no. 2

Haydn - Concerto for 2 Lira Organizzata's in C Major

Mozart - The Musical Joke  K. 522

Artist Information

Australian Haydn Ensemble
with Special Guests
Darryl Poulsen: Natural Horn
Carla Blackwood: Natural Horn

Pricing Information

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Standard $65
Concession*` $55
Student $40
Under 30 $25
Family of 4** $150
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**Family prices are for 2 Adults and 2 Children

Performance Dates

Saturday 19 July 8pm

Running Time: TBC


New York Arts
"Brilliant young musicians….a revelation"    

The Australian
"Full marks to the Australian Haydn Ensemble"  

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