Liane Keegan & Simon Kenway – Dream Valley

Dream Valley

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Liane Keegan


Be swept away into an ethereal paradise of classical songs.

About the concert

Dramatic contralto Liane Keegan and pianist Simon Kenway make musical magic, performing songs of poetic wonder and high imagination. They create an ethereal escape with beautiful music inspired by faraway valleys and islands; ancient spirits and fairies at the bottom of the garden; lovers and anti-heroes; timeless romantic tragedies and picturesque wedding days. The lyrical delights of the human voice as well as the piano ring out in a program featuring Betty Beath’s Yunggamurra, River Spirit, Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words, Quilter’s Dream Valley of William Blake and Britten’s Nocturne from On This Island. Liane’s rich expression and magnetic charms, combined with Simon’s sensitive piano musicianship, will make the effect of these lyrical masterpieces all the more captivating.

Praise for Dream Valley

‘Keegan [carried] the listener into dreamscapes of fragrance, celestial gazing and solitary musings. This was art to awaken even the most world-weary listener.’ The Australian

The Spotlight Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Robert Salzer Foundation.

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Liane Keegan contralto
Simon Kenway piano


Betty Beath

Edvard Grieg
Lyric Pieces, Op.65
6. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen – arr. piano

Peer Gynt, Op.23
Solveig’s Song

Felix Mendelssohn
Songs Without Words, Op.19b

Ottorino Respighi

Carlos Guastavino
La rosa y el sauce

Roger Quilter
Three Songs of William Blake, Op.20
1. Dream Valley

Liza Lehmann
There are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden

Benjamin Britten
On This Island, Op.11
4. Nocturne

Bernard Herrman
Cathy’s Aria ‘I have dreamed’ from Wuthering Heights


This production is part of the following series:

Season One: Awaken

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.