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The Birch Tree


The Birch Tree

  • Date: Sunday, 8 November 2015, 3pm
  • Venue: St Luke's Anglican Church (Mosman) — Ourimbah Road, Mosman, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $30 | Children: $0.00 | Concession: $25.00 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0411 375 821

Event Details

Folksong has been the inspiration for many composers over the centuries. In this concert we show how composers as diverse as Ann Carr-Boyd, Mary Mageau, Elena Kats-Chernin and Bartók take a folksong as a starting point and develop it into something else, just like a birch tree growing from sapling to maturity.

The birch tree is a symbol of protection in Russian folklore - its straight and slender mottled trunk is seen as feminine. It is also the name of a Russian folksong. Elena Kats-Chernin, remembering a popular folksong from her youth, turns it into a charming piece for cello and harpsichord. Ann Carr-Boyd’s suite is based on folk tunes from Australia, Latvia and the Middle East. Everyone knows Scarborough Fair - hear it again in a set of delicious variations by Mary Mageau. Experience childhood through the eyes of Bartok, the streets of Buenos Aires through the tango rhythms of Piazzolla, and the romance of Spain with the lush melodies of Sarasate.

Thoroughbass Director: Diana Weston (harpsichord) with Lucy Cormack (cello), Shaun Ng (gamba), Joanne Arnott (recorder)

Featured non-Australian music: Bela Bartók – Selections from For Children, Pablo de Sarasate – Playera, Astor Piazzolla – Invierno Porteňo

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0411 375 821 or by email to diana.weston@ozemail.com.au

Featured Australian Works

Suite for Diana : harpsichord solo (2014) by Ann Carr-Boyd
— performed by Diana Tolmie
The birch tree (duos including harpsichord) by Elena Kats-Chernin — World premiere
— performed by Thoroughbass
Variations on Scarborough Fair : for flute/tenor recorder, cello/viola da gamba and keyboard (1982) by Mary Mageau
— performed by Thoroughbass

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