By Robert Frolla


Today a lot of classical music performances are mostly large-scale works like concertos or symphonies, usually by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven and more. As great as these works are, sometimes a small-scale chamber work, such as a woodwind trio, a string quartet or a piano quintet, can be just as powerful and engaging.


Fortunately the Foray Quintet, a Melbourne–Canberra chamber ensemble, will be coming down to bring Mouvement to 75 Reid St, Fitzroy North, on 31 March.


The group will perform three major chamber works: Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet no. 1, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Piano Quintet, and Sydney-based composer James Madsen’s Piano Trio: Quiet Fanfare, which will make its worldwide debut.


You can purchase tickets for Mouvement online or you can buy them at the door on the night. Light refreshments will be served during the interval.


The Foray Quintet – or at least its inception – began one night in 2013 at the Border Music Camp in Albury, NSW, when some tutors gathered to take on Fauré’s Piano Quintet no. 1 for fun.


Performing large-scale pieces in their regular worklife, the tutors wanted more out of their performing. Taking the positive experience from practising the Fauré quintet, the group decided to bring chamber music back to their repertoire.


From there, with alumni from the Border Music Camp and ANU’s School of Music, the Foray Quintet was formed. Naturally, ‘foray’ was chosen to name the quintet, in honour of the French composer’s work that brought the group together.


Besides Fauré, the group has performed pieces from renowned classical composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich and Cesar Franck, and from lesser known composers like Dora Peja?evi? and Grazina Bacewicz.


Members of the current Foray Quintet lineup are Elyane de Fontenay (violin), Anna Murakawa (violin), Sarina Walter (viola), Anneliese McGee-Collett (cello) and Kimberley Steele (piano).


Don’t miss out on a chance to listen to some spectacular and intimate classical music from this talented quintet.


Foray VIC


The Foray Quintet: Mouvement
7–9pm, Friday 31 March
75 Reid St, Fitzroy North




Robert is a freelance editor for Busybird Publishing, and has edited for Writers Victoria’s The Victorian Writer and Phantasmagoria Magazine.

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