The Shepherd's Hour - Orange Chamber Music Festival

Sunday 01 May 2022

Overview

Parisian café life is where the journey begins and ends – the concert is bookended by two pillars of twentieth-century wind sextets and sandwiched neatly in the middle are a trio of delightful…

Parisian café life is where the journey begins and ends – the concert is bookended by two pillars of twentieth-century wind sextets and sandwiched neatly in the middle are a trio of delightful character pieces from Romantic and Modern composers alike.

The Shepherd’s hour, or Schaferstundchen, takes its origins from the bucolic poetry of the 18th century. Witty, idyllic, intimate and perhaps also erotic, this concert takes its inspiration from the evolution of the Shepherd’s hour through the turbulence of history.

Ensemble Francaix’ s own commissioned work by Australian composer Paul Dean is presented alongside a scintillating Rossini wind quartet, and Ligeti’s 6 Bagatelles for Wind Quintet fills out a charming interlude between the seductive pull of the Parisian café lifestyle.

Ensemble Francaix and Friends

Emmanuel Cassimatis – Oboe
Matthew Kneale – Bassoon
Nicholas Young – Piano
&
David Shaw – Flute
Katherine Howarth – Clarinet
Victoria Chatterley – French Horn

The Orange Chamber Music Festival is a major cultural event of the Central West, presenting exciting and engaging classical music programs by Australian artists, from solos, duos and quartets to exhilarating new shows of World Music. A true delight for visitors and regional audiences.

Supported by the Orange Regional Arts Foundation.

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