WINDS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS NEXT PRESENTATION - The Coast Reporter February 1, 2008

Warming musical winds from Down Under are on the program when the Australian musical ensemble, Winds of the Southern Cross perform at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, February 10th.

Prior to the concert, at 1:30 p.m., the musicians will discuss their music with the audience at 1:30.

The Southern Cross soloists came together in 1995 and quickly became one of Australia’s most respected and successful chamber ensembles. Called “Australia’s new musical constellation,” the Southern Cross soon established an international reputation for ground-breaking performance.

The group’s unique combination of oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piano and soprano allows a variety of music in many genres to be performed. Repertoire ranges from baroque cantatas through the standard (and not so standard) classical and romantic compositions for winds and piano, to works combining voice and instruments.

The group features six of Australia’s leading musicians: director and clarinettist Paul Dean, bassoonist Leesa Dean, oboist Tania Frazer, lyric soprano Margaret Schindler, horn player Peter Luff and pianist Kevin Power. The Southern Cross Soloists maintain a busy, year-round schedule performing, recording, broadcasting, teaching, undertaking master classes and touring.

Their Sechelt concert will include a work by one of their country's leading composers Paul Stanhope, based on a set of poems by the indigenous poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal. The program also includes the overture to Gioachino Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat Major, K. 452; two works by Maurice Ravel - his Five Popular Greek Songs and Le Tombeau de Couperin; and several of the Songs of the Auvergne by Marie-Joseph Canteloube. The works by Ravel and Canteloube were arranged for winds and voice by Paul Dean.

Tickets are still available for the February 10th CRS concert. Call Mary Lea Bell at 886-8330.