C10 The Great Divide

  • May 3, 2022

    7.30pm - 9.00pm

  • Fitters' Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston ACT 2604

  • In Association with

Presented by Alliance Française

This concert features four musical realms. Spain’s medieval cantigas, earthy and seductive still today, contrast with the sumptuous polyphony of Portugal’s Golden Age. Steve Reich’s New York eighties vibe provides the perfect foil for Shostakovich’s sixth quartet, a masterpiece of Soviet optimism post-Stalin.  

 

Program 

Cantigas de Santa Maria  (Spain)

Manuel Cardoso and Dom Pedro de Cristo (Portugal), motets 

— Interva l–

Steve Reich, New York Counterpoint 

Dimitri Shostakovich, String Quartet no. 6   

 

Artists

Luminescence Chamber Singers

Orava String Quartet

Jason Noble, clarinet

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Artist Oliver Shermacher

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Oliver started learning the clarinet when he was 10. He has played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, AYO Momentum Ensemble and various Sydney Conservatorium Ensembles. Oliver started learning the recorder before moving on to clarinet. He studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is in the third year of an undergraduate degree. Oliver aspires to be a dynamic and varied musician - interacting with and expanding on musical mediums outside of the symphony orchestra.

Artist Jason Noble

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Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists – experimental to classical – a soloist and core member of Ensemble Offspring. Jason has performed at festivals locally and internationally, from Warsaw to London, Shanghai to Kabul, and all major cities across Australia. “His expertise and virtuosic playing give new insights into the versatility of the bass clarinet” (Sounds Like Sydney)

His album releases include THRUM (2020) – a collection of improvised ambient sounds created with Kim Cunio on piano – and Chi’s Cakewalk (2017), an album of new Australian works for clarinets. He has also made guest appearances on albums for Gurrumul,  Sally Seltmann, ABC Classics, Gondwana Voices, Paul Mac, Halcyon, SICKO improvising orchestra, and the Tiwi women’s choir Ngarukuruwala. Recently he performed at the Adelaide Festival in Incredible Floridas, curated by Kim Williams, appearing as soloist with the Australian String Quartet.

Jason collaborates with living and emerging composers, and is an in-demand music educator and examiner. He has been invited to teach two winter academies at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, and maintains links with staff and students there.

Artist Luminescence Chamber Singers

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Luminescence gives voice to human experiences of all kinds.

Luminescence Chamber Singers is a vocal ensemble based on Ngunnawal country [Canberra, Australia], and the umbrella organisation for the Luminescence Children’s Choir. Performing music from all times and places, Luminescence champions the unbound expressive potential of our original instrument - the human voice. Both ensembles deliver artistic and educational programs that ignite the imagination of audiences, and give voice to human experiences of all kinds. Luminescence presents an annual concert programme in Canberra and surrounding regions, and performs at a wide range of festivals, events and collaborations. Recent highlights have included performances of David Lang’s Pulitzer prize winning work, ‘little match girl passion’, appearances for Canberra International Music Festival, Four Winds Festival (Bermagui), Musica Viva, Flowers of War, and numerous performances in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia for Patricia Piccinini’s ‘Every Heart Sings’ Skywhale project.

Artist Orava String Quartet

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The Orava Quartet has been hailed by Limelight magazine as “the most exciting young quartet on the block” and predicted by The Australian to become “one of Australia’s proudest cultural exports.” Earning a reputation and devoted following for their thrilling performances, the Quartet – brothers Daniel and Karol Kowalik (violin and cello), violinist David Dalseno and violist Thomas Chawner - bring their unique sound and breathtaking intensity to the classics of the string quartet canon.

Selected by Deutsche Grammophon for its historic, first Australian recording release in 2018, received with widespread critical acclaim, Orava Quartet has performed in North America - including Canada in 2019 for the Festival International Hautes-Laurentides and Music and Beyond Festival (Ottawa) - and Asia, the UAE and New Zealand, working closely with the world-renowned Takács Quartet in the USA and winning top prizes at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition.

Brisbane-based, Orava Quartet performs at venues and festivals around the country including Sydney Opera House’ Utzon Music Series, City Recital Hall Angel Place, Melbourne Recital Centre, Adelaide’s UKARIA, for VIVID Sydney with Sufjan Stevens, the New Zealand and BBC Proms festivals and Melbourne, Queensland, Canberra and Musica Viva Music Festivals. Praise for their live performances includes “gut-wrenching” (ArtsHub), “masterful" (Dominion Post) and "a beauty" (SMH). The Quartet proudly continue in their eighth year as Camerata’s 2022 Artist-in-Residence, performing at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Empire Theatres Toowoomba, Melbourne Recital Centre, for Musica Viva Tasmania, Brisbane Music Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, UKARIA (Adelaide), Riverside Theatres (Sydney) and Canberra International Music Festival.