Melbourne Composers Concert: Worlds Apart

Saturday 24 June, 5.00pm. Armadale Uniting Church, 86 Kooyong Rd Armadale

Performers: Beatriz Pomés-Jimenez, Johanna Selleck, Peter Bartels, Greg Lee (flutes), Caroline Almonte (piano), Jane Matheson (harpsichord), Jane Robertson (clarinet), Barbara Hornung (viola), Caerwen Martin (cello), Arwen Johnston (percussion), Sophie Marcheff (guitar)

The music of nineteenth-century Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate (1844–1908) and esteemed Melbourne composer Helen Gifford (1935–) are an unlikely mix, but their juxtaposition provides a tantalizing contrast as will be demonstrated in this adventurous concert. A line-up of distinguished musicians will take us through a journey from the Baroque era to Romantic-period Spain to modern-day Australia. Works for flute and piano form the centerpieces of the program, offset by various combinations of flute, oboe, clarinet, harpsichord, guitar, vibraphone, viola, and cello.

Beatriz Pomés-Jimenez is a PhD student at Melbourne University, studying under the mentorship of Michael Christoforidis and Johanna Selleck. Beatriz shares her hometown of Pamplona in Spain with Sarasate, and his music forms the focus of her doctorate. She has completed a set of beautiful arrangements for flute and piano of eight of Sarasate’s entrancing and virtuosic dances for violin and piano, which will be featured at the concert. This is a major win for flute players around the world and promises to be a substantial addition to our showpiece repertoire.

The much-awarded Australian composer Helen Gifford is also a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where she studied in the 1950s Roy Shepherd and Dorian Le Gallienne. The Victorian Flute Guild is both honoured and proud to present the work of this extraordinary composer. The programmed works are: Fantasy for flute and piano; Skiagram for flute, vibraphone, and viola; Lyric for flute, clarinet, and cello; and Sonnet for flute, guitar, and harpsichord.

Enquiries and bookings: phone Johanna on 0419 107 308 or email

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