Omega Ensemble presents Ecstatic Dances

Omega Ensemble presents Ecstatic Dances

As part of the 2023 National Concert Season, Omega Ensemble presents Ecstatic Dances. Performances will take place on 1 July in Newcastle and 5 July in Melbourne. Ecstatic Dances is an ode to the infectious spirit of rhythm, celebrating the 80th birthday of composer Ross Edwards, and with special guest violin Thomas Gould (UK).

An important musical voice for her generation, Jessie Montgomery’s infectious Strum for string orchestra begins with fleeting nostalgia that quickly transforms into an ecstatic celebration that salutes American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement.

One of Australia’s most celebrated and prolific composers, Ross Edwards’ idiosyncratic and jubilant musical style has defined generations of Australian music. In celebration of the composer’s 80th Birthday, Omega Ensemble premieres Edwards’ second clarinet concerto, written for Artistic Director David Rowden.

American composer Philip Glass’ music has spanned work for major orchestras, operas, Academy Award-nominated films, and his genre-defying namesake, the Philip Glass Ensemble. Packed full of heart-stopping intensity, the electrifying Violin Concerto No. 2 is a visceral homage to the forces of nature.

Leader of Britten Sinfonia, London-based violinist Thomas Gould has performed as a soloist with major orchestras worldwide across Europe, North America and Australia, including more than 20 BBC Proms appearances at London’s Royal Albert Hall. A strong advocate of contemporary music, Gould has given world premieres of leading composers such as Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson and Nico Muhly.

Tickets begin at $39 and can be found here. Ecstatic Dances runs for approximately 90 minutes without interval.