Two of Australia’s most adventurous classical musicians, Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello), bring their beautiful multimedia show, Where Song Began, to Burnie. The experience has been described as “like being sung to by the country”.
Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this 50-minute performance explores the Australian origins of song, ‘the birds that can sing’. Such is their evolutionary significance, ‘one may ask whether human music would have reached the heights it has, had the first songbird not sung in an Australian rainforest.’
Accessible for all ages, this work contemplates the origin of birdsong and the importance of Australia’s rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, from Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and J.S. Bach to Arvo Pärt and new Australian works, enhanced by a film of evocative landscape stills, moving images and recordings sourced from the Cornell Ornithology Lab.
About the performers: Simone Slattery was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program and is now based in London.
Performance length: 60 minutes without interval, including a Q&A.
$5 to $20
Adults AUD20. Concession AUD15. Under 18 AUD5.
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Where Song Began – Burnie
57 Mount Street
Burnie, North West, Tasmania