Kawai Saturday Gala: Night Sky

Symphonic Skyscapes across Space & Time

Date and Time
Sat 14 Oct, 7:30pm
Reardon Theatre
$59 / $52
Approximately 90 minutes, no interval

“Frühling und kein Ende”

… spring and no end

“das Erwachen der Natur”

… the awakening of nature

Intriguing programmatic notes, deployed by Gustav Mahler to convey the ultra-atmospheric opening of the first of his many inestimably significant contributions to the symphony genre – poetry which was later omitted, after the first few performances of the symphony, so as to allow the audience to determine for themselves where the music would take them.

Our eclectic Kawai Saturday Gala begins its awakening with the world premiere of stellar Yuin composer Brenda Gifford’s Dhawara Miriwa, uncovering the reverence for the natural beauty of the night sky and all it possesses. A dawn chorus of woodwinds heralds the imminent light with Poulenc’s iridescent Sextet, before the warmth of springtime is ushered in by Mahler, ingeniously arranged for 16 players by Klaus Simon, performed by a chamber orchestra of superstars, led by powerhouse maestro Fabian Russell.


Fabian Russell Conductor
Zoë Black Violin
Sarah Curro Violin
Monica Curro Violin
Caroline Henbest Viola
Michelle Wood Cello
Douglas Rutherford Bass
Eliza Shephard Flute
Emmanuel Cassimatis Oboe
Philip Arkinstall Clarinet
Matthew Larsen Clarinet
Matthew Kneale Bassoon
Peter Luff Horn
Rachel Shaw Horn
Tristram Williams Trumpet
Greg Sully Percussion
Alex Raineri Piano
Stefan Cassomenos Piano & Harmonium


GIFFORD Dhawara Miriwa for clarinet, violin and piano (World Premiere)

POULENC Sextet for piano and winds

MAHLER Symphony No 1 (arr. Simon for chamber orchestra)

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