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
Concerto in C for Flute (Recorder) and Orchestra
This production is part of the following series:
Rediscover the art of listening with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Thursday 15 April 2021 6pm & 8.30pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
Premium $101 ($96 Concession)
A reserve $85 ($80 Concession)
B reserve $63 ($58 Concession)
C reserve $52 ($47 Concession)
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