2016 Concert Series


2016 Concert Series

The Ady Ensemble is extremely pleased to announce it’s 2016 Concert Series, which will again see the ensemble perform as part of the 4MBS Festival of Classics, & at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. This year’s series will include some well known worksEmerging Classics logo from the standard classical repertoire, along with our usual, eclectic, pop/cult offerings. Several works performed will come under the umbrella of our long-term project Emerging Classics, which will include newly commissioned works written especially for the ensemble, along with established works from the last one hundred years. Does that whet your appetite? Well then read on!


Concert 1. Hot Vodka : Russian Classics & Australian Firsts

Saturday, the 11th of June, at 4pm

St Andrew’s Uniting Church, cnr of Creek & Ann Streets, Brisbane CBD

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The Ady Ensemble is delighted to once again be a part of the 4MBS Festival of Classics. The theme of 2016’s festival is, The Great Russian Masters, & so we couldn’t possibly go past the chance to do Tchaikovsky’s wonderful, Serenade for Strings, excerpts from Mussorgsky’s, Pictures at an Exhibition, and we might even surprise you with the theme to a classic Russian computer game. We’re also proud to be premiering two works by local composers Corrina Bonshek & Rachel Merton– both very beautiful works which will astound.

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings                                       Rachel Merton: Allegro for Strings

Corrina Bonshek: Journey to the Centre                             Mussorgsky: excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition



Concert 2. Ady @ the Con

Friday, the 9th of September, 6 pm

Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Ian Hanger Recital Hall), Southbank, Brisbane

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After their successful first performance at the QCM in September, 2015, the Con have kindly agreed to have the Ady Ensemble back again in 2016, this time with a wonderful soloist & some interesting pieces, all influenced by Hungarian composer, Bela Bartok.

Eddie Sauter, known mostly as a jazz composer/arranger, wrote his classic Third Stream work, ‘Focus‘, for jazz tenor saxophonist, Stan Getz, which Sauter wrote & also had recorded in 1961. Whilst the work is considered a high point in the careers of both men, performances of the work are rare, with the last known performance of the work in Australia being some twenty years ago. To celebrate the fifty-fifth anniversary of the work’s creation & first recording, the Ady Ensemble is privileged to be joined by the wonderful Australian saxophonist, Martin Kay for a rare performance of this work. This performance will also be the first performance in Australia of the definitive edition of this work.

Sauter met- & was greatly influenced by- Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, & it was Bartok’s influence on fellow countryman Gyorgy Ligeti that inspired him to write his Musica Ricercata: a suite of pieces for solo piano. Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata is one the great solo piano works of the Twentieth Century, & for this performance the Ady Ensemble’s Le Grande Fromage has been busy orchestrating selections from the suite for the ensemble to play. Both Sauter’s and Ligeti’s works share moments of spookiness, playfulness, tinged with Bartok’s Hungarian folk influences.

Other musical surprises will be announced closer to the date.

Please join us for what should be some great & enjoyable music making in 2016.

Come along on the 10th of May, 3pm, to St Andrew's Uniting!