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7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age


7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age

  • Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 to Saturday, 29 July 2017, Wed - Fri 7.30pm | Sat 6pm
  • Venue: The Street Theatre, Canberra — 15 Childers St, Canberra City West, ACT
  • Tickets: Adults: $35 | Concession: $33 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 6247 1223

Event Details

New music, old objects, an actor and a sextet take to the stage in a new work for the theatre inspired by inventions that changed our lives forever. Presented by The Street in Canberra from the 26th – 29th of July, Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age is driven by celebrated Australian composer Sally Greenaway’s music, a Merlyn Myer Fund commission, first performed by Syzygy Ensemble at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The collaboration with Canberra-based writers Paul Bissett and Catherine Prosser, actor Dene Kermond, and designers Christiane Nowak and Linda Buck under the direction of Shelly Higgs creates an immersive theatre environment telling a story of innovation and discovery.

A creative force in the Australian music world, Greenaway won the inaugural Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission initiated by the Merlyn Myer Fund in 2016. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, Canberra-based Sally Greenaway works in a multiplicity of styles and genres, from orchestral film and concert works to jazz ensemble, big band, chamber and vocal music. In the same year she received the Merlyn Myer commission, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra premiered her new orchestral work Worlds within Worlds. Her critically acclaimed album Aubade & Nocturne (2015) was released on the ABC Classics record label and long-listed for the Australian Music Prize. This year Sally made it into the ABC’s top 100 Classics with her love song, Stay Awhile. Greenaway chose Melbourne-based contemporary music champions Syzygy Ensemble, well-known for bringing new music works to life, to explore sounds for her composition from different-sized flutes and recorders to classical saxophone to air-raid sirens to test tubes filled with water. Lauded for their virtuoso precision, innovative programming, and ability to connect viscerally with their audiences, the award-winning group expanded to a sextet to perform Greenaway’s new composition.

Group Bookings available.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 6247 1519 or by email to street@thestreet.org.au

Featured Australian Works

The 7 great inventions of the modern industrial age (dramatic music) (2016) by Sally Greenaway, Paul Bissett and Catherine Prosser
— performed by Syzygy Ensemble

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