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The Metropolitan Orchestra String Nonet

String Nonet and Clarinet

Chamber Concert #2

Program:Lalor, Nielsen, Wilkins *World Premiere, Spohr
Instruments:Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Clarinet
Event Date: Sun 5th June 3:30 pm
Duration:Approx 60 minutes (without interval)
Venue: Leichhardt Town Hall

Principal players of The Metropolitan Orchestra join as a Nonet for this fabulous afternoon of fine music within the beautifully refurbished Leichhardt Town Hall. Boasting an outstanding selection of music from Australian and international composers including a world premiere, this intimately passionate performance will warm a wintery afternoon.

The concert includes the Bukovina odyssey from Australian composer Stephen Lalor which draws loosely on the string playing traditions of the Bukovina region (north Romania/Ukraine) and Carpathian Mountains with music highlighted by the Roma (gypsy) improvisational styles. Commencing with a lilting waltz followed by an energetic dance section, Carl Nielsen’s Little Suite For Strings will take the listener through a range of emotions from the dark and serious Praeludium through to a triumphant and exuberant finale.

TMO Composer in Residence, Keyna Wilkins has created a very special work for this unique ensemble which welcomes TMO’s Principal Clarinet to the stage. The world premiere performance of “Smoke Trails: Our Place In A Changing World”, is a deeply considered reflection on the tragic bushfires that swept through Eastern Australia during 2019 and 2020.

Lous Spohr is recognised for his significant contribution to chamber music by creating a unique style called the double quartet. A champion of Haydn’s, Mozart’s and Beethoven’s chamber music, Spohr composed 36 string quartets and four double quartets which harnessed the potential of eight string players, mainly deployed as two groups of four, to create pieces rich in antiphonal interplay, brimming with engaging melodies and shimmering with a high polish. In this unique performance, the double quartet will be joined by an additional bass.

Supported by the Inner West Council, this is the perfect opportunity to join with family and friends, visit a local restaurant or café before (or after) the performance, and make this first Sunday of winter a day to remember.