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Strelitzia Ensemble 'Pale Yellow/Fiery Red'

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This Sunday 26th of February, 2017, Strelitzia Ensemble is presenting 'Pale Yellow/Fiery Red', an exciting musical celebration which honours International Women's Day 2017 at Glebe Justice Centre.

This special event marks Strelitzia Ensemble's first concert event of the year and the first half of the program will showcase acclaimed works by two of the foremost female composers of their generation - Jennifer Higdon and Elena Kats-Chernin.

Jennifer Higdon is one of the United States' most acclaimed contemporary composers. Her Piano Trio is in two contrasting movements, 'Pale Yellow' and 'Fiery Red', and in them, she seeks to embody the moods of the two opposing colours.

"I have always been fascinated with the connection between painting and music. In my composing, I often picture colours as if I were spreading them on a canvas, except I do so with melodies, harmonies and through the instruments themselves. The colours that I have chosen in both of the movement titles and in the music itself, reflect very different moods and energy levels, which I find fascinating, as it begs the question, can colours actually convey a mood?"

Elena Kats-Chernin, one of Australia's most eminent composers, has featured frequently on Strelitzia's programs over the years. In her 2009 work 'Variations on Trauerwalzer', she looks to an early work of Schubert's for inspiration, providing an interesting contrast with the final work on the program.

Schubert himself uses the full palette of colour and emotion in his iconic Piano Trio in E Flat, one of the final works he heard performed before his death in 1828. The Trio's slow movement contains one of Schubert's most recognisable and beloved themes, which is thought to have been based on a Swedish folk tune, 'Se Solen Sjunker' (The Sun is Down). This haunting melody is introduced first by the cello, and returns in the final movement of the trio, rounding out what is one of the most substantial works in the Piano Trio repertoire.

All are welcome to attend this live music event, featuring violinist Lucy Warren, cello Eleanor Betts and pianist Michael Curtain.

The Strelitzia Ensemble was first established as a Piano Trio in 2008, and went on to win the Musica Viva Chamber Music Award the following year. Lucy (violin) and Eleanor (cello) first performed together when they were chosen for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's prestigious fellowship program in 2012, and continue to work as freelance string players with the Sydney Symphony. Michael Curtain (piano) is the Assistant Chorus Master of the Australian Opera.


  • Elena Kats-Chernin - Variation on Schubert's 'Trauerwalzer'

  • Jennifer Higdon -Piano Trio

  • Schubert - Piano Trio No. 2 in E Flat Major

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    When: Sunday 26th February, 5pm
    Where: Glebe Justice Centre, 37-47 St Johns Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
    Cost: Adults $40, Concession $35, Child $30
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