Cancelled: Sonu - Songs from the Homeland

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Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Sonu – Songs from the Homeland on Thursday 5 November has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. We are currently in the process of arranging refunds.

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Event details

‘A musical journey … interweaving an outstanding live performance by a talented bunch of new and older Australians with archival recordings from Canberra’s National Library.’ Magica Fossati, SBS

Italian folk music has a rich and complex history. In the country’s south it is imbued with Greek, Arabic and African influences. The same tantalising sounds and textures can be heard in contemporary folk band Santa Taranta.

Old and new songs are played back to back in a life-affirming show that’s centred on the Italian migrant experience in Australia. You’ll likely hear a polka, pizzica or tarantella as the seven-piece band traverses a wide-ranging setlist. Delving into themes of departure and arrival, love and loss, hope and life in a new country, these beautiful songs deliver hits of pure nostalgia. Adding another dimension are field recordings from Canberra’s National Library. Composer, performer and ethnomusicologist Salvatore Rossano researched the songs and stories, weaving them into original works. The result is richly layered folk music with a bedrock of history at its heart.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Santa Taranta