Velvety smooth, rich and expressive - the
sound of the clarinet takes pride of place in this colourful and
profoundly moving concert.
You'll hear the clarinet in two modes: as the soloist in
Ariel's Music, inspired by Ariel Glaser, who died of AIDS
in 1988, just seven years old, and in Debussy's miniature
masterpiece - a Frenchman's vision of Spain. The emotional range is
enormous. Brett Dean's tribute to Ariel's heroic mother is
lamenting, agitated, impassioned and defiant in turn - music that
speaks to the heart of a heart-breaking ordeal. Debussy's rhapsody
is languid and sultry - imagine Spain in the time of the Moors.
Orchestral music, old and new, frames the program. We end with a
brand new work by Australian Barry Conyngham. It's his first
symphony, inspired by and dedicated to Richard Gill - music to
celebrate the struggle, the joy and the sheer excitement of
learning. And Debussy - once more in Spanish mode - gives the
concert a thrilling and festive beginning.
Pre-concert talk by Genevieve Lang at 5.45pm in the Northern
These concerts will be presented from the stage by composer,
writer and broadcaster Andrew Ford.
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