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A piece that was meant to celebrate the Red Army victory over Fascism took a completely different turn, from a celebratory choral symphony to a bitter, sometimes bittersweet, ironic reaction to the ravages of World War II. Discover the rich complexities and depth of Shostakovich as Richard Gill unpacks his Ninth Symphony.
Created by Alexander Balanescu and Klaus Obermaier featuring the voice of Maria Tanase Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia For 25 years, virtuoso violinist and composer Alexander Balanescu has led his string quartet across many musical frontiers, collaborating with artists as diverse as the Pet Shop Boys, Kate Bush and Kraftwerk. The Balanescu Quartet’s Maria T album embraces the music of iconic Romanian singer Maria Tanase and is presented on stage in this ground-breaking multimedia performance in collaboration with Austrian video artist Klaus Obermaier.
Come and join the audience for the concert world premiere of Gavin Lockley and Ann Blainey’s ‘King of the Air: The Charles Kingsford Smith Musical’ and ‘King of the Air Piano Concerto’. With Simon Tedeschi, Sarah-Grace Williams and The Metropolitan Orchestra and Rum Corps Choir. Hosted by Stuart Maunder AM and featuring soloists Daniel Belle, Renae Martin, Meredith O’Reilly and David Hooley, the evening is presented by the Friends of The Royal Flying Doctor Service in support of Australia’s most iconic charity, the RFDS. Guests are encouraged to embrace the spirit of the roaring 20’s and come appropriately attired!