Chamber music: Omega Ensemble coming to Newcastle

9 February: Bartok in Contrast
21 June: Chopin, Kerry and Clara
27 September: Harp Fantaisie
13 December: Russian Romantics

Omega Ensemble have released a bold year of concerts in 2020 celebrating their fifteenth anniversary. Their popular Master Series, a staple at Sydney Opera House for over ten years, will proudly be presented at Newcastle Art Gallery for the first time.

Artistic Director and Founder David Rowden said : “The Ensemble has visited Newcastle many times and we are always delighted by the warm welcome and appreciative audiences. We are excited to now make Newcastle a regular part of our touring program. We hope that the success of this year will ensure Newcastle becomes a permanent fixture for years to come.

“The music in our 2020 season represents more than 200 years of artistic experimentation, discovery, adversity and triumph. Yet no matter when the creator’s pen first touched the blank manuscript, through performance these works remain entirely new. It’s the power of the individual in performance that makes the music fresh and because of this I truly believe chamber music – and an ensemble of individuals – is the art form best suited to this expression.”

Newcastle Art Gallery was selected for the intimacy and creativity of the space which mirrors the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House.

A key feature of the performances will be the use of the one-of-a-kind 102 key Stuart and Sons piano, part of the Gallery’s Australia’s permanent collection.

Included in the season are two world premieres including a Clarinet Quintet by Gordon Kerry and a Harp Trio by Aria Award-winning pianist and composer Sally Whitwell, and Newcastle audiences will be one of the first to hear these new works. “We aim to bring further profile to the talented musicians with which we work, as well as the innovative programming and the new music we commission,” explains Rowden. “I’m delighted that the new commissions we feature in this series will receive even more performance past their premieres.” Artistic Director David Rowden explains that the Ensemble’s commitment is not just to the creation of new work, but to a broader commitment to music by living artists.

All concerts will take place at Newcastle Art Gallery. For more info and tickets go to omegaensemble.com.au