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Performed by Genevieve Lacey, recorders and Marshall McGuire, harp, Bower is a gentle experience of music and light. Inspired by bowerbirds and their obsessive collecting habits, Bower is a musical haven, conjured from exquisite fragments. 

Music old and new, familiar and yet-to-be discovered, sumptuously lit, elegantly staged, and beautifully performed: as a live experience Bower is a 60-minute balm for the soul.

“Bower bears witness to the inquisitive creativity and brilliant artistry of two extraordinary musicians.”  

Tony Way, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, 2021

Bower, the album released on ABC Classic last year, was the winner of the 2021 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.

In August 2022, Bower won the award for Best Independent Classical Album at the 2022 AIR Awards presented by the Australian Independent Record Labels' Association.

Featuring in Bower, Bree van Reyk's work, threaded in amongst the infinite threading, has been nominated for the 2022 Art Music Award for Chamber Music Work of the Year.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Bower was first presented live by Musica Viva Australia at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 10 July 2021.

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Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. If you have tickets and are no longer able to attend:

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Details correct at the time of publication.

  • Baiyan Woka arr. Erkki Veltheim 
    Lou Bennett 
    Suite from The Dancing Master arr. Lacey/McGuire
    John Playford 
    Jacob van Eyck 
    I Surrender
    Andrea Keller
    Birds for Genevieve
    John Rodgers 
    Lachlan Skipworth 
    Io canterei d’amor with divisions by dalla Casa arr. Lacey/McGuire
    Cipriano de Rore 
    threaded in amongst the infinite threading
    Bree van Reyk 
    Johann Jakob Froberger 
    Nocturne over blue ruins
    Erkki Veltheim 
    A Mutual Support for Precarious Times
    Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey 
    An Evening Hymn
    Henry Purcell 
    Passacaglia arr. John Rodgers 
    Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber 
  • Recorders & concept
    Genevieve Lacey 
    Marshall McGuire 
    Sound Engineer
    Jim Atkins 
    Lighting design
    Niklas Pajanti 
    Ruth Little 
    Costume design
    Paula Levis 
    Stage Manager
    Annie Halliday
    Martel Ollerenshaw