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Lionheart

9 December 2023

In the Utzon Room

Classical Music

Shostakovich’s profound Piano Quintet leads a program of courage and colour from three musical mavericks featuring John Adams’ String Quartet No.1 and a world premiere by Australian trailblazer Holly Harrison.

Australia’s chamber music all starts

Limelight Magazine

Quartets, quintets, and sextets… oh my!

Shostakovich’s profound Piano Quintet represents a period of writing where the young composer, who was then 34, was his most purely musical. The resulting work is an unusual yet unapologetic neo-classical piece that has since become the jewel in the crown of the 20th-century chamber music repertory.  

Showcasing the sincerity of three musical mavericks, Shostakovich’s monumental Piano Quintet is presented alongside John Adam’s rambunctious String Quartet No.1 and a world premiere by Australia’s own trailblazer Holly Harrison, commissioned by the Ensemble.

Program

John Adams String Quartet No. 1
Holly Harrison New Commission [World Premiere]
Dimitri Shostakovich Piano Quintet

Presented by Omega Ensemble

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