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Light and Matter

3 August 2024

In the Utzon Room

Classical Music

Ethereal, spiritual, transcendent… whatever you prefer to call it, the music of Light and Matter responds to experiences beyond our physical world.

The technical and expressive demands are devilish, handled expertly by seasoned musicians.

Sydney Morning Herald

Experience music that is out of this world

Joined by renowned soprano Jane Sheldon, Ensemble Offspring’s octet perform two world premieres, a visceral Australian premiere and a classic from a recently departed icon. From mystical folktales to haunting fragments of fading memories, this is a program which is truly out of this world.

Georges Aperghis' Wild Romance isn't as tender as the title suggests, but is undeniably passionate. Extreme tensions between the vocalist and chamber ensemble evoke the reconstruction of a painful distant memory.

Kaija Saariaho's Light and Matter captures the continuous transformation of light on glinting leaves in New York's Morningside Park. World premieres by Australians Bree van Reyk and May Lyon navigate the intangible and mystical themes of the program, including Scottish folklore and disembodied voices.

Presented by Ensemble Offspring

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Artist information

Claire Edwardes Artistic Director, percussionist
Jane Sheldon soprano
Lamorna Nightingale flutes
Jason Noble clarinet, bass clarinet
Jack Symonds piano
Véronique Serret violin
Blair Harris cello
Bree van Reyk percussion
Andrew Jezek viola
Benjamin Opie oboe

Other information

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