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  • Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 6pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Standard: $39 | Concession: $29 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

Antarctica is a multi-media performance commemorating the Centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition from 1911-1914.

Experience one of Australia’s most respected musicians, in a personal journey through music and film to honor her grandfather Dr C.T. Madigan.

Works include sentimental favorites mentioned by Madigan in his diaries and new works by Australian composers Larry Sitsky, Martin Wesley-Smith, Nigel Westlake, Jim Cotter and Joshua McHugh, as well as sounds of the wind through the harp in Antarctica, woven together with words and song.

This program features visual and audio material gathered by Alice Giles on her 2011 trip as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow to Davis and Mawson Stations on the Aurora Australis.


Gabriel Marie (arr A. Jonas) - La Cinquataine
Antonin Dvorak (arr C. Salzedo) - Humoresque
Traditional (arr C. Salzedo) - Annie Laurie
Purday / Newman - Lead kindly Light
Monk / Lyte - Abide with me
Adams (arr A. Giles) - Nearer my God Dykes
Scottish Student’s Songbook - A-Roving; The Good Rhein Wine
Joshua McHugh - Billions of Penguins (2010)
Jim Cotter - On not Dancing with Penguins (2011)
Nigel Westlake - Beneath the Midnight Sun, (from the Imax film score ‘Antarctica’) (arr for electroacoustic harp by Giles)
Alice Giles - Southern Ocean Song (2011)
Mary Doumany - Ice – filmed at Davis Station beach
Martin Wesley-Smith - Aurora Wynnis, for singing harpist and electronics (2011). Text from the CT Madigan Diaries, and the poem ‘Ah Love, could thou and I with fate conspire …’, (quoted by Madigan) from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Larry Sitsky - Wind Harp / Fantasia No.16 (2010) – filmed at Davis and Mawson Stations, Fantasia No. 17 (2010)
Carlos Salzedo - Whirlwind

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre

Featured non-Australian music: Gabriel Marie, Dvořák, Purday / Newman, Monk / Lyte, Adams, Carlos Salzedo

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Featured Australian Works

Antarctica (harp with pre-recorded sound) ['Beneath the Midnight Sun'] by Nigel Westlake
— performed by Alice Giles
Aurora Wynnis : harp solo by Martin Wesley-Smith
— performed by Alice Giles
Fantasia No. 16 : for lever harp : harp solo (2010) by Larry Sitsky
— performed by Alice Giles
Fantasia No. 17 : harp solo (2010) by Larry Sitsky
— performed by Alice Giles
 Billions of Penguins (2010) by Joshua McHugh
 Ice by Mary Doumany
 On not Dancing with Penguins (2011) by Jim Cotter
 Southern Ocean Song (2011) by Alice Giles

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