50 works. 27 composers. 4 premieres. 16 artists
Moving into our thirteenth season, Omega Ensemble has come of age and entered its teens! If childhood is about magic, the 2018 Concert Season introduces mystery, love, romance and passion. We are proud to continue to perform our Virtuoso Series in the stunning City Recital Hall, alongside our Master Series at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Our 2018 Season is all about relationships, intimacy and connections, between our artists, our audience and the music itself
-David Rowden & Maria Raspopova
Omege are excited to launch or 2018 season with a feast of musical delights. We are continuing our Master Series at the Utzon Room - Sydney Opera House and our Virtuoso series at City Recital Hall. Omega continue to uphold their philosophy of enriching lives through a deeper understanding of music and through these exploratory and colourful programs of music there is sure to be something for everyone. A celebration of great music, world-class artistry with old works, lost works and world-premieres this is Omega’s most exciting season yet.
The Emotions of Music …
Season highlights include a thoughtful and deeply moving performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in Eternal Quartets This is paired with a Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings in the original quartet version and also includes Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. You will be fully immersed in the music as the tender, lyrical and haunting melodies wash over you. We're getting to the very essence of the music to convey its true meaning and spirit.
We’re also featuring the role of powerful female musicians of Omega Ensemble who are showcased in a concert featuring Louise Farrenc’s Nonet This work was one of the first in history that set a female composer as an equal to her contemporaries. Alongside side this Beethoven’s ground-breaking Spring Sonata. This was the first work that included a fourth movement as Beethoven was looking to break free of the Classical spirit and embrace the true nature of the Romantic composer.Set alongside this a nonet version of Russian Rag by Australia’s favourite composer: Elena Kats-Chernin.
Omega’s pianist and Co-Artistic director Maria Raspopova is also presenting a solo piano recital as part of the Master Series. Featuring the gems of piano repertoire with works by Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, & Satie, this is a program that displays the dazzling virtuosity of the piano as well is the introspective and more mellow side of the instrument.
The Voice …
As we explore the theme of musical friendship, with the very essence of chamber music being a ‘conversation among friends,’ we invite two of our dear friends back for intimate recital featuring the voice, piano and new Australian music. Acclaimed Soprano Lee Abrahmsen returns for a third season singing French art songs by Poulenc alongside one of the most beautiful pieces for voice: Rachmaninoff's Vocalise.
Four Premieres …
True to Omega’s mission statement of presenting the gems of chamber music, works lost to time and new music by cutting-edge composers of today, they are pleased to welcome Samuel Hogarth as their guest artist and pianist to give the Australian premiere his own Clarinet Trio composed especially for Omega. Samuel’s Clarinet Trio was composed as a companion piece to Brahms's Clarinet Trio and features virtuosic writing, strong melodies and tinges of jazz. Also included is a world-premiere work by Ian Munro (whose Songs from the Bush Omega recorded in 2016). Ian’s new work Bird Songs features music set to the text of Judith Wright. Also included is Gerard Brophy’s We Two Boys Together - a celebration of the bonds of love and friendship.
Explore the 2018 season in full for yourself - there's something to delight everyone in our new and exhilarating season. There are great savings on subscription packages and a variety of music for everyone! Also, you can go in the draw to win a Bang & Olufsen Speaker work over $2,475. We hope to see you at our 2018 concerts and we look forward to presenting the finest of chamber music to you, our dear audiences and patrons.