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Julian Bliss and NZTrio play Island Songs in Canberra

  • Canberra Theatre Centre Canberra Australia (map)

The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre. Tuesday, August 28 at 8pm.

canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 62752700.

British clarinettist Julian Bliss seems uncomfortable with being described as a prodigy. But it's a label that's hard to avoid when discussing the 29-year-old musician. He's in Australia with New Zealand piano trio NZTrio  - currently Ashley Brown (cellist and founding member), Stephen De Pledge (pianist) and Wilma Smith (violinist) - to perform Twilight, a program of chamber music featuring what Bliss calls "probably one of the most powerful pieces of chamber music ever written,"  French composer Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

Also on the program is New Zealand composer Ross Harris’s  There May Be Light, which the composer wrote for this ensemble when they were on tour across the Tasman a couple of years ago.

Finally, there's Australian (HAHAHA!!!!) composer John Psathas’s Island Songs, inspired by different kinds of Greek dance music.