SEASON 2019 CONCERT 1: The Female Composer
Concertante Ensemble is returning to Greenway Chapel on Sunday 10th March at 2:30 PM with the first in our exciting 2019 concert series! We invite you to celebrate the works of four remarkable female composers, whose creative genius has produced renewed interest among many current recording artists and performers, and welcome our wonderful returning guest artists Phillip Shovk (piano) Elizabeth Woolnough (viola) Bridget Bolliger (flute) and Madeleine Easton (violin).
String Quartet in Eb major - Fanny Mendelssohn
With her prodigious output, one can only wonder what Fanny Mendelssohn could have been capable of, had she not been constrained by societal expectation. Here we celebrate her understated genius with the String Quartet in Eb major, a work encompassing moods of quiet anguish and emphatic contradictory emotions.
Konzertsatz - Clara Schumann
“ I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose - there has never been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?” Child prodigy, highly sought-after concert pianist, mother of seven surviving children, Clara Schumann’s huge compositional output proved otherwise. Konzertsatz, written for her husband’s birthday, contains some of her most chromatic harmonic language, conveying passion, beauty and dark intensity.
Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata caused a sensation when it tied for first place in a 1919 competition. Since the rediscovery of the Sonata in 1976, it has become one of the most frequently performed large works for viola and piano. Violist Jennifer Stumm writes “ for the viola this is a hugely important piece. She envisioned a different kind of viola, one that wasn’t pigeon-holed into any one idea. She was writing with this incredible fascination for colour and every possibility of the instrument.” Clarke’s style cuts across a range of twentieth century influences – Impressionism, Neo-classicism and most notably post Romanticism.
Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet - Amy Beach
Remarkably, Amy Beach, one of the 19th- and 20th-century’s most important female composers, was largely self-taught. Early on, she experienced great success as a composer of large-scale forms: her Symphony in E minor (“Gaelic”) and Piano Concerto were both premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, to this day, stand as two of the most brilliant, engaging, and finely-crafted examples of American symphonic music of her era.
The Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet is a complex, ambitious score, a glowing example of the American Romantic style of which Beach was such a wonderful exemplar.
Buy Tickets: Book online HERE or phone 0423 586 175
2019 Ticket prices:
Early Bird Adult: $35.00 (Persons 16 years and over) (up to 3 weeks before)
Adult: $40.00 (Persons 16 years and older)
Concession: $35.00 (Concession card holders and pensioners)
Children under 12: free