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The season kicks off with the wildly popular Café Music by the American composer Paul Schoenfield, the inspiration for which was a stint as a replacement pianist in a coffee house to help out a sick friend. What better than to follow this brilliant, highly original work with two iconic ‘first’ piano trios from the Romantic repertoire – Mendelssohn’s first – a masterful work beloved by artists and audiences alike – and the incredible first trio by Brahms. Composed initially in his early 20s, Brahms returned some 40 years later to rewrite sections he felt he could improve. It is a true masterpiece.

We welcome back the stunning American cellist Clancy Newman and for the first time introduce the brilliant Harry Bennetts to our S&F audience, Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony and leader of the Chroma Quartet.

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  • Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947)
    Cafe Music
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor. Op. 49
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
  • Harry Bennetts
    Violin
    Clancy Newman
    Cello
    Kathryn Selby
    Piano