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Omega Ensemble - Ex Machina

Modern masterworks by Copland, Dessner, Mazzoli and the world premiere of a new work by Nico Muhly.

In the Utzon Room | Classical Music

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“Omega Ensemble more than lives up to the hype”

Limelight Magazine

Modern masterworks at a virtuosic BPM

Aaron Copland's thrilling Sextet started life in 1933 as his Second (also know as ‘Short’) Symphony. However, following its premiere, the work was largely avoided by orchestras due to its challenging complexity, and the composer declared it as one of his “neglected children.” Out of frustration, Copland re-wrote the work in the hope that more ambitious ensembles would take up the challenge, and the work would receive the performances it deserved. 

This program of 20th- and 21st-century music from important American voices present complex and driving works, showcasing the Ensemble as a virtuosic machine heightened in an up-close chamber setting. Including music from Grammy Award-winning composer and member of The National, Bryce Dessner, Grammy Award nominee Missy Mazzoli, and the world premiere of a new work by Nico Muhly, commissioned with the brief to “push the individual musicians to their limits”.

Bryce Dessner Aheym
Bryce Dessner El Chan [Australian Premiere]
Missy Mazzoli Harp and Altar
Nico Muhly New Commission [World Premiere]
Aaron Copland Sextet

David Rowden Clarinetist / Artistic Director
Alexandra Osborne Violin
Anna Da Silva Chen Violin
Neil Thompson Viola
Paul Stender Cello
Clemens Leske Piano

Presented by Omega Ensemble

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