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The evening kicked off with a performance of Elena Kats Chernin’s Mythic. She is one of Australia’s most prolific and popular composers. She commented that it was about her “mental image I had of musically entering into a large, mythical cave.”
For the second part, we welcomed Alessandro Carbonare, an acclaimed clarinettist. He stood at the centre of the stage, as we were mesmerised by Aaron Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. This piece is a little more jazzy and uplifting. It is a sweetly rocking lullaby and this gentle music was originally written for an American Government film made to encourage pride and hope in new migrants.
After intermission, the conductor Jaime Martin charmed us with an animated explanation of the background and highlights of Hector Berloz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The music expresses the passion and euphoria of brand new love. We were wowed by the brass and percussions musicians. This one was a delightful way to finish the set and a wonderful grande finale.
The concert was broadcast live on ABC and a replay can be heard here:
Legend has it that Hector Berlioz wrote his Symphonie Fantastique under the influence of opium while recovering from the heartache of being spurned by an actress who didn’t return his love letters.
This imaginative orchestral work tells the story of an artist who dreams of chasing the love of his life across a landscape of bizarre scenes, from a royal ball to a witches’ sabbath! If you like music that paints pictures in your mind, you will love this concert. Also featured is Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra performed by the talented Alessandro Carbonare and Elena Kats-Chernin’s Mythic, a musical journey into a mythical cave.
Conductor Jaime Martín
Soloist Alessandro Carbonare, Clarinet
Copland Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Thank you to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for the invitation. https://www.qso.com.au/