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Towards First Light


Towards First Light

  • Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 7.00 pm
  • Venue: Adelaide Town Hall — 128 King William St, Adelaide, SA
  • Tickets: $44-$64 ($25-$54 conc)

Event Details

From composer Iain Grandage and librettist Kate Mulvany comes a work to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Towards First Light is part oratorio, part ceremony – an act of remembering and a work of Remembrance.

Written for the combined forces of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Chorus and two distinguished soloists, the work is a meditation on darkness and light, seen through the frame of that defining dawn a century ago. It acknowledges that for servicemen and women, the echoes of war can continue long after the battlefield falls silent. As the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and the granddaughter of a World War II Veteran, Kate Mulvany’s writings have been heavily influenced by war and its impact on the participants and their families. It is a history that has been woven into the very fabric of her being.

Over the course of the 40 minute work, first hand stories from Veterans are interlaced with traditional texts to give voice to stories that too often have remained hidden in personal darkness. The Greeks had a wonderful word for it – Anamnesis - the process of remembering what we already know. Through this process of remembering, truth can emerge from the shadows. And from this truth, hope and light. Lest We Forget.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (08) 8233 6233

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— performed by Carl Crossin and Elder Conservatorium Chorale
Digital sheet music sample Emerald crossing : for piano & string orchestra (2002) by Ross Edwards
— performed by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Iain Grandage
Digital sheet music sample Towards first light : an Anzac requiem, for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (2015) by Kate Mulvany and Iain Grandage — World premiere
— performed by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Chorus, Iain Grandage, Jud Arthur and Taryn Fiebig
White ghost dancing : for orchestra (1999) by Ross Edwards
— performed by Iain Grandage and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

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