Ex Machina



‘Omega Ensemble more than lives up to the hype.’ – Limelight Magazine

About this concert

Aaron Copland’s thrilling Sextet started life in 1933 as his Second (also known as ‘Short’) Symphony. However, following its premiere, the work was largely avoided by orchestras due to its challenging complexity, and the composer declared it as one of his ‘neglected children.’ Out of frustration, Copland re-wrote the work for a smaller ensemble in the hope that more ambitious chamber ensembles would take up the challenge give the work the performances it deserved.

This program of 20th- and 21st-century music from important American voices present complex and driving works, showcasing the Ensemble as a virtuosic machine heightened in an up-close chamber setting. Including music from Grammy Award-winning composer and member of The National, Bryce Dessner, Grammy Award nominee Missy Mazzoli, and the world premiere of a new work by Nico Muhly, commissioned with the brief to ‘push the individual musicians to their limits.’

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Bryce Dessner
El Chan (Australian Premiere)

Missy Mazzoli
Harp and Altar

Nico Muhly
new work (world premiere)

Aaron Copland


David Rowden Clarinetist / Artistic Director
Sally Walker Flute
Clemens Leske Piano
Anna Da Silva Chen Violin
Neil Thompson Viola
Paul Stender Cello


This production is part of the following series: