Kegelstatt Ensemble to Present REJOICE! at Elder Hall, 13 Oct.

Six of the most respected, young, professional, South Australian musicians will perform in the Kegelstatt Ensemble's second concert for 2013 at 3pm Sunday 13 October. Entitled Rejoice the concert continues the Ensemble's focus on rebirth, rejuvenation and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit..

Presented in Elder Hall as part of the inaugural 'Perspectives' series, the concert features works by the Polish masters Krystof Penderecki and Witold Lutoslawski, as well as a late masterpiece by Johannes Brahms.

The crowning centre-piece of the concert is the South Australian premiere of Penderecki's 'Sextet' for clarinet, horn, piano and string trio which was composed in 2000. As pianist Leigh Harrold explains: "The Sextet is rarely performed due to its heavy demands. It requires the horn player to perform both on and off stage, and asks a lot of the other players as well! But it is a work that connects instantly with audiences, and its message of growth, hope and 'rising from the ashes' is universal.

"To present this ambitious and inspiring work in the intimate surrounds of Elder Hall with its newly built screens will be a complete joy!"

Rounding out the program is the autumnal clarinet trio of Brahms "a work that radiates wisdom about a life richly lived - as well as two miniatures from Lutoslawski, taken from polar ends of his output."

All of Kegelstatt's core members are given starring roles in Rejoice and, as usual, the line-up of guest artists is exciting and humbling. This time around, regular Kegelstatt collaborators Lachlan Bramble, Ewen Bramble and Sarah Barrett join forces with Leigh, Steph and Anna for what promises to be an afternoon of profound and joyful music-making!

Kegelstatt (skittle alley) is the subtitle of Mozart's trio for clarinet, viola and piano, composed, according to legend, in a single day after a game of skittles with friends. The themes of friendship and pleasure inherent in Mozart's skittle alley story are central to the Kegelstatt philosophy, along with a mission to discover and present rare and great chamber music for unusual combinations of instruments. The core trio of players (pictured) jointly runs the ensemble, inviting guests to join them in various combinations according to the chosen repertoire for each concert.

Kegelstatt Ensemble's second 2013 concert, Rejoice, 3pm Sunday 13 October, will be held at Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide as part of the ELDER Perspectives series.

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