In 2020, when asked whether she thought Musica Viva could put on stage a program she had conceived entirely for the recording studio – a lovely juxtaposition of music old and new, a collaboration with a dear and well-matched friend, renowned harpist Marshall McGuire – the wondrous musician Genevieve Lacey responded:
"During this time of isolation, people the world round are yearning for shelter, both physical and spiritual. Bower is an associative, ephemeral nest, woven with memories, heart, hope. Musical treasures found, borrowed and made are lovingly fashioned into a sanctuary."
Accordingly, this program emerges gently onto the concert platform, offering audiences a unique shared experience, enhanced with sound by Jim Atkins and lighting by Niklas Pajanti. Genevieve’s bower is the most authentic extension of the ideas at the heart of one of the programmed pieces, Purcell’s exquisite Evening Hymn:
Now, now that the sun hath veil’d his light
And bid the world goodnight;
To the soft bed my body I dispose,
But where shall my soul repose?
Lacey’s articulation is impeccable, ad her approach to phrasing delicate and nuanced, drawing the listener in with each lilting sigh, pause, and flourish
McGuire’s beautiful delivery of the work’s spacious undulations and gently clashing notes had the audience riveted
Please note Musica Viva and City Recital Hall will continue to apply NSW Public Health Orders as they relate to ticketing and seating arrangements. As these Orders can change at very short notice, Musica Viva will be allocating seats closer in time to concert dates than they have in previous seasons. This will allow us to maintain a COVID-19 safe environment. By purchasing tickets through City Recital Hall, the patron agrees for their data to be handed over to Musica Viva for allocation purposes only, their data will not be used for any marketing purposes unless previously indicated.
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