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Francaix Trio & Friends – The Shepherd’s Hour

May 1 @ 11:00 am

Ensemble Francaix
Emmanuel Cassimatis – Oboe
Matthew Kneale – Bassoon
Nicholas Young – Piano
Local Guest Artists
Katherine Howarth – Clarinet
David Shaw – Flute
Victoria Chatterley – French Horn

The Shepherd’s hour, or Schäferstündchen, takes its origins from the bucolic poetry of the 18th century.  Witty, idyllic, intimate and perhaps also erotic, this concert takes its inspiration from the evolution of the Shepherd’s hour through the turbulence of history.

Parisian café life is where the journey begins and ends – the concert is bookended by two pillars of twentieth-century wind sextets and sandwiched neatly in the middle are a trio of delightful character pieces from Romantic and Modern composers alike.

Ensemble Francaix’ s own commissioned work by Australian composer Paul Dean is presented alongside a scintillating Rossini wind quartet, and Ligeti’s 6 Bagatelles for Wind Quintet fills out a charming interlude between the seductive pull of the Parisian café lifestyle.


Francis Poulenc 

Sextet for Piano and Winds 18’

Paul Dean 

Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano 9’

Giacomo Rossini 

Wind Quartet no. 1 6’

Gyorgy Ligeti

6 Bagatelles for Wind Quintet 12’

Jean Françaix 

L’heure du berger 8’


Supported by the Orange Regional Arts Foundation


May 1
11:00 am
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Orange Chamber of Music


Orange Regional Conservatorium
73A Hill St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia
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