What’s On: Hayd’n Seek (Ensemble Trivium)

Hayd’n Seek

16 March 2023

Old Museum, Fortitude Valley

Renowned for their imaginative, vibrant programming and inspired combinations of instruments, Ensemble Trivium presents the first concert of its 2023 season in the intimate and relaxed ambience of Brisbane’s iconic Old Museum – attendees can enjoy a glass of wine pre and post-performance, and stay afterwards to meet the artists.

Hayd’n Seek is a program of chamber music performed by artists Monika Koerner (flute), Yoko Okayasu (viola), Katherine Philip (cello) and Xinyu Allie Wang (piano). The program traverses the sublime simplicity of sparkling Haydn to the ravishingly lush sounds of rarely-heard French master Maurice Duruflé, bridged by three exhilarating duos showcasing current compositions, including young Queensland composer Connor D’Netto:

Josef HAYDN, Trio in D-major Hob XV:16 flute, cello & piano

1790 marked the start of an expansive and more lucrative time for Joseph Haydn. Finally free of the shackles of the Esterhazys, after Prince Nikolaus’ death and the disbanding of the court orchestra, Haydn was invited to London where he was hugely popular, already having dominated the concert scene for quite some time. 1790 was also the year when he wrote three piano trios with the flute replacing the violin, catering to the taste of the English aristocracy and bourgeoisie who favoured the flute in this setting.

Caroline SHAW, Limestone & Felt viola & cello

Caroline Shaw has emerged as one of America’s finest contemporary composers and is the youngest ever music Pulitzer Prize winner and a three times Grammy award winner. Her music is exhilarating, engaging, and often profoundly moving. Limestone & Felt is a whimsical, mystical pizzicatoing cascade of texture.

Connor D’NETTO, Parallel flute & viola

In stark juxtaposition, Brisbane based young composer Connor D’Netto offers a reprieve with his flute and viola duo Parallel.’ “It’s all about energy. Two seperate bodies, moving, shifting. It’s gradual. A process. Not simply growing or fading. Changing. Continuously.”

Guillaume CONNESSON, Toccata-Nocturne flute & cello

Guillaume Connesson is a giant of the French contemporary musical scene and a favourite around the world. Toccata-Nocturne is a short, heart-racing, virtuosic, fun and wild ride which will have you at the edge of your seat!

Maurice DURUFLÉ, Prélude, Récitatif et Variations op. 3 flute, viola & piano

To conclude the concert, be immersed in the rich and warm, choral-inspired embrace of the Prelude, Recitatif et Variations by French organist and composer, Maurice Duruflé. Composed in 1928, this underrated and rarely performed masterpiece promises to leave you feeling uplifted and recharged.

For ticketing and further information, visit the Old Museum website here

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