Birds have fascinated poets for centuries, not just for their song and flight but as symbols: of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace, luck good and bad and migration.
And what better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air? In a new song cycle Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger have written 13 new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, using words from the likes of John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gwen Harwood, A.D. Hope and more. Each poem is its own world — delicate and intimate at times, colossal and soaring at others, with all states in between.
‘James Ledger has established an impressive reputation as a symphonic composer.’ The Australian
‘(Paul Kelly’s) voice – sly and warm, laconic and sometimes frail – may be the closest thing we have to a national one.’ The Monthly
Originally commissioned by Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with GWB Entertainment
Composed by James Ledger & Paul Kelly
Piano Anna Goldsworthy
Violin Helen Ayres
Cello Tim Nankervis
Vocals and Acoustic guitar Paul Kelly
Electric guitar and synthesizer
Vocals, Banjo, autoharp,
glockenspiel, percussion and synthesizer
This production is part of the following series:
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Friday 14 June 2019 6pm & 8.30pm
Duration: 1 hour 25 mins (no interval)
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B reserve $59
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