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MSO: Genevieve Lacey - Birds of Paradise
- Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021, 6pm & 8:30pm
- Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
- Tickets: Adult: $52 - $85 | Concession: $47 - $80 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333
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.
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
Featured non-Australian music: Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin), Vivaldi, Jean-Féry Rebel,
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website
Featured Australian Works
|Absolute Bird : recorder with orchestra by Hollis Taylor|
— performed by Paul Kildea, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Genevieve Lacey
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