Genevieve Lacey: Birds of Paradise

Genevieve Lacey

Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


The sweetness of birdsong

Acclaimed Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey is set to astonish in this program celebrating the simple sweetness of birdsong, following its musical influence from Baroque to modern day.

The Australian bush, brought to the stage

Genevieve Lacey is particularly familiar with the idea of birdsong as a creative source, having recorded an entire album that uses the song of the pied butcherbird as its principal theme. Here Lacey performs a work by the same composer, Hollis Taylor’s Absolute Bird Concerto. A combination of found sound, field recordings and live music, it conjures up the unmistakable soundscape of the Australian bush.

Birdsong across the ages

Lacey tackles one of Vivaldi’s most fiendishly difficult yet effortlessly beautiful examples of birdsong, with his Concerto in C Major. Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les élémens astounds with attacking strings and evokes the flocking of birds as a chaotic dance. Also included is idiosyncratic contemporary American composer Moondog’s Bird of Paradise.

An expert leader

Conductor Paul Kildea has worked extensively across Australia and Europe, held artistic posts at the Aldeburgh and Perth festivals and is a former Artistic Director of London’s Wigmore Hall. After returning to Australia in 2017, he was appointed as the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia.

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Paul Kildea conductor
Genevieve Lacey recorder


Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin)
Bird of Paradise

Hollis Taylor / Jon Rose
Absolute Bird: Concerto for recorder and orchestra

Jean-Féry Rebel
Les élémens

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in C for Flute (Recorder) and Orchestra


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