Helen Gifford at 80
- Date: Sunday, 19 April 2015, 5pm
- Venue: Church of All Nations — 180 Palmerston St, Carlton, VIC
- Tickets: Adults: 35 | Music students: 15 | Concession: 20 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9326 5424
Astra's first concert for 2015 celebrates the 80th year of Melbourne composer Helen Gifford with works both new and old from her output. Desperation (2014) was composed for violist Phoebe Green who gives the premiere performance in this concert. It is launched as a published score in the Astra Publications series. Helen Gifford's Choral Scenes (1999) creates an environment of choir and an array of instruments around 17 poems from the Western Front, World War 1. The texts, in English, French and German reflect both the disaster of the experience and the highest quality writing of the era. Alexander Kastalsky's Requiem for Fallen Brothers (1916) receives its first Australian performance in a version for choir, soloists and string quintet arranged by the Australian composer Graham Hair.
Featured non-Australian music: Vlad-Razvan Baciu, Ascensio per tonos-ante Crucis (2008), first performance. Alexander Kastalsky, Requiem for Fallen Brothers (1915), arranged by Graham Hair (2014) for soloists, choir and string quintet
Featured Australian Works
||Choral scenes : a work for speakers, chorus and instruments (1999) by Helen Gifford|
— performed by Astra Choir and John McCaughey
|Desperation : for solo viola (2014) by Helen Gifford — World premiere|
— performed by Phoebe Green
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