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The Runway (mixed choir with orchestra)

by Stuart Greenbaum (2022)

Work Overview

On 15 August 2021 at around 9pm, 823 Afghan citizens packed onto a US C-17 military cargo plane at Hamid Karzai international airport. Amid chaos and confusion during the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, those desperate to escape were crowded on the runway trying to board from the rear loading ramp. The photos shown in the press are astonishing. They're just crammed into the cargo deck with no seats, no belts. There was concern that the plane might not get off the ground, but it took off and landed hours later in Qatar. This piece contemplates those seeking a new life elsewhere - often taking very little with them. But it is also a post-pandemic anthem for all of us, reemerging into the wider world as travel and borders re-open. The work was commissioned by Philip Walsh and Wesley College and the premiere performance was given by the massed choir and orchestra of Wesley College St.Kilda Rd Melbourne, conducted by Stephen Rabach and Belinda Parsons at Hamer Hall on 15 May 2023.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Massed choir, orchestra.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: commissioned by Wesley College Melbourne

First performance: 15 May 23. Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Performances of this work

15 May 23: Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

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