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Strelitzia Ensemble - Truth & Transcendence

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Experience two different transcendent works of chamber music

This Saturday 3rd June 2017, the acclaimed Strelitzia, a young, vibrant ensemble of Strings, Winds and Piano, is presenting their latest live music event at Glebe Justice Centre.

Entitled 'Truth & Transcendence', this special event will see the talented ensemble perform two very different transcendent works of chamber music for Strings and Clarinet; Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet in A minor Op. 13 No. 2 and David Bruce's Gumboots.

Mendelssohn composed his passionate String Quartet in A minor when he was just 18, in 1827 - just months after the death of Beethoven. At the time, Mendelssohn was fascinated by Beethoven's late string quartets and their influence can be seen in his own quartet writing - in particular in his use of the kind of cyclical form that Beethoven's late quartets first explored. Mendelssohn used a fragment of one of his songs, 'Ist es wahr?' (Is it true?) as a unifying motif that returns throughout the work.

David Bruce's work Gumboots, for String Quartet and Clarinet, was inspired by, as he says, the "paradox in music, and indeed all art - the fact that life-enriching art has been produced, even inspired by conditions of tragedy, brutality and oppression". More specifically, Gumboots references Apartheid South Africa, and the tradition of 'Gumboot Dancing', in which brutally oppressed black mine workers chained together wore gumboots while they worked in the flooded gold mines, because it was cheaper for the owners to supply the boots than to drain the floodwater from the mine.

They developed a form of communication by slapping the boots and chains, and this later developed into a form of dance. These dances were joyous and vital and Bruce includes five of these in the second part of his work, which he sees as a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit, and the rejuvenating power of dance.

The program for Truth & Transcendence includes:

  • David Bruce | Gumboots for String Quartet and Clarinet

  • Felix Mendelssohn | String Quartet in A minor Op. 13 No. 2

    The performers are

    Lucy Warren and Caroline Hopson - Violin

    Stuart Johnson - Viola

    Eleanor Betts - Cello

    Rowena Turner - Clarinet

  • Glebe Justice Centre is a very intimate and relaxed space, where you can enjoy great chamber music from the comfort of your own couch. Please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy during the performance - refreshments and glassware provided!

    Tickets are now on sale for 'Truth & Transcendence' at Glebe Justice Centre on Saturday, 3rd June 2017 from 7:30pm. Visit Sticky Tickets to make a booking. Prices start from $30.

    For more information on the Strelitzia Ensemble, please 'like' the official Facebook profile.

    Review of Strelitzia's 2016 program, 'Still Life with Avalanche':

    "This concert was nothing short of superb in its programming and delivery. Strelitzia have taken great pains to tread unbeaten paths, exposing us to less well-known works and we are much the richer for it. The playing was faultless and I can't recall having a warmer feel: the performers and audience enjoyed themselves immensely in an intimate setting and were well prepared to exit into the ferocious storm outside." - Tony Burke, Classikon, June 8, 2016

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    When: Saturday 3rd June, 7:30pm
    Where: Glebe Justice Centre, 37 St Johns Rd Glebe
    Cost: Adults $40, Concession $35, Child $30
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