Cancelled: Ex Machina



Concert Cancellation Notification: Ex Machina

Due to state border closures, we regret to advise that Omega Ensemble’s Ex Machina concert on Tuesday 13 July has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff and artists during these difficult circumstances and we thank you, our music-loving community for your support and understanding during this time.

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Event details

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: