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Adelaide Festival: Compassion


Adelaide Festival: Compassion

  • Date: Monday, 12 March 2018, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Adelaide Town Hall — 128 King William St, Adelaide, SA
  • Series: This event is part of the Adelaide Festival 2018 series
  • Tickets: Adult: $69 - $89 | Concession: $55 - $64 | Under 30: $30 - $40 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 131246

Event Details

Music born of political oppression or the oppressive weight of world events is more often exhilarating and eloquent than dour and dispiriting. This uplifting concert culminates in Nigel Westlake and Lior’s magnificent setting (in a newly commissioned arrangement for Septet) of seven ancient Hebrew and Arabic texts, written in response to the vicious and implacable cycle of violence in the Middle East. Lior’s gloriously soulful voice and Westlake’s radiant music achieve the seemingly impossible: the uniting of Islam and Judaism in a joyful celebration of compassion and its ability to bring people together across the divides of race and fear.

Two very different but equally profound responses to Soviet subjugation form the first part of the concert: Arvo Pärt’s sublime Fratres from 1977, that study (so beloved by filmmakers from Paul Anderson to Terrence Malick) of how the temporal and the timeless can coexist, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s mighty Chamber Symphony, a dark and bitter suicide note to Stalin, here featuring a rare and spectacular coming together of Australia’s three finest string quartets.


Pärt Fratres
Tinalley String Quartet

Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op 110a
Australian String Quartet
Goldner String Quartet
Tinalley String Quartet
Andrew Meisel, Bass


Lior/Westlake Compassion*
Lior, Voice
Tinalley String Quartet
Daniel de Borah, Piano
Claire Edwardes, Percussion
Andrew Meisel, Bass

*Chamber version of Compassion commissioned for premiere at the 2018 Adelaide Festival by Tinalley String Quartet with generous funding provided by Julian Burnside, Andrew and Theresa Dyer, Anonymous and the Ukaria Foundation.

Featured non-Australian music: Pärt, Shostakovich

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (08) 8216 4444 or by email to info@adelaidefestival.com.au

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