In the 14 years since Omega Ensemble first took the stage, we are proud to have premiered over 40 new works by composers at home and from abroad - an achievement that could not be claimed by many ensembles our size, and something I am immensely proud of.
Performing new music is essential to appreciating our modern world, and understanding the continuous innovation (and disruption!) of musical thought that has always existed, right back to the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and beyond.
In 2019 our Ensemble will present not one but four world premiere works, and in particular, a new chamber work by young American composer Nico Muhly, which will also include a recording project with ABC Classic for our second studio album.
Nico Muhly's career has been meteoric since his student days at Julliard where we first met. From his work on film scores and collaborations with modern icons such as Björk and Sufjan Stevens, to his premieres with some of the most prestigious orchestras and ensembles worldwide, including most recently, his second opera Marnie with The Metropolitan Opera in New York.
It is not only personally gratifying to work with Nico again, but also an incredible boost to the profile of our Ensemble to secure a new work by a composer whose recent credits include commissions for the New York Philharmonic, Los Angelas Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, English National Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opéra National de Paris, American Ballet Theater and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
The world premiere will also bring together a number of Australia's top musicians, including pianist Sally Whitwell, baritone Brett Brown, conductor Gordon Hamilton and, of course, our principal artists, including violinist Alexandra Osborne returning from the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.
A large project such as this is not without substantial costs, and the project is at present only partially funded. As always, individual patrons such as yourself play an essential role in bringing our vision to the stage.
I am very excited, therefore, that we have been granted special permission by The Met Opera for a private screening of Muhly's opera Marnie to help raise funds for this project, and I would like to personally invite you to join us:
The Met in HD: Marnie (Fundraising Screening)
6:30PM | Tue | 05 March 2019
Dendy Opera Quays
This evening will be a special opportunity to hear the music of Nico Muhly and get together with like-minded Patrons, artists and members of the Ensemble in support of this project.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation towards the project, please consider a donation online.
Thank you again for your ongoing support, I hope to see you at the screening.
Artistic Director and Founder