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28 October 2023

In the Utzon Room

Classical Music

Brilliant new world premiere by Australian Andrew Ball


Exoplanet explores the epic scale and sense of wonder inherent in mankind’s search of extreme landscapes of the cosmos. The capabilities of the technology astronomers are developing to demystify the unknown depths of space is evolving exponentially. In this spirit of discovery and innovation, the saxophone is extended throughout the work to create musical sounds and textures both familiar and alien. This concerto makes a speculative and fantastic interpretation of what might be out there - uncanny worlds bordering the very limits of humankind’s imagination; an ode to the awe and disorienting cosmic insignificance felt when gazing at the night sky.

Along with this outstanding new Australian work, enjoy flute virtuosity in the rare jazz-fusion gem "Svantetic" by Krzysztof Komeda, and an exciting banquet of French and other Australian songs and dances.


Andrew Ball - Exoplanet Saxophone Concerto* (@)
Fernande DeCruck Cantilene for clarinet and piano
Morten Laurisden arr. Oliver Dostal O Magnum Mysterium
Kristofer Spike Davey's Hoedown(@) for flute, clarinet, and piano
Karen Lemon Plus ça Change for flute and harp*(@)
Krzysztof Komeda arr. Andrzej Jagodzinski  Svantetic** jazz flute concertino

*world premiere **Australian premiere (@) Australian work


Saxophone soloist     Nicholas Russoniello
Conductor     Joanna Drimatis
Flute soloist     Ewa Kowalski
Clarinets/director     Andrew Kennedy
Piano     Anna Rutkowska-Schock

Baritone sax     Nathan Henshaw
French horn     Rafael Salgado
Trumpet     Andrew Fiddes
Trombone     Gareth Lewis
Percussion     JB Smith
Harp     Kate Moloney

Violin     Alexandra Osborne
Violin     Jennifer Taylor
Viola      David Wicks
Cello      Andrew Wilson
Double bass      Jeremy Fox

Presented by The Hourglass Ensemble

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