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Eurydice and the Harrowing of Hell


Eurydice and the Harrowing of Hell

  • Date: Saturday, 20 April 2019, 3pm
  • Venue: The Christian Community — 319 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $20 | Concession: $15

Event Details

Piano Recital and Talk In the Christian liturgical calendar, Holy Saturday commemorates the Harrowing of Hell—the descent of Christ, between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, to the Underworld to free the souls of the dead. The Greek story of Orpheus journeying to Hades in quest of his lost Eurydice foreshadows the Christian mystery. Orpheus sought with music to overcome death. Danaë Killian will not attempt by way of this piano recital to imaginatively illustrate the story of Orpheus playing his lyre in the Underworld. Instead, she will address her musing foremost to Eurydice’s being and substance: Who, or what, is Eurydice? Why is her death significant? Why is Eurydice precious to both Orpheus and Hades? Where might we find Eurydice now? What does she mean for music? What does she mean for knowledge? In allusory facets and outlines, Danaë Killian’s selection of musical compositions offers an exploration of these questions—free-flowing questions which invite the differentiated, non-verbal responsiveness of the musical element. Nevertheless, with its focus on complex new music written by living, local composers, the overall gesture of Eurydice and the Harrowing of Hell turns away from the Orpheus legend’s familiarly dreamy romantic contours. Killian’s approach to Eurydice, as well as her approach to pianism, finds imaginative articulation through modern phenomenology, to which she gives the task of making what is esoteric or existentially hidden—such as the mysterious being of Eurydice sojourning in Hades—freely open to human thinking. Uriel Event Supported by The Ligsma Kirpe Trust and The Anthroposophical Society in Victoria

Performers: Dr Danae Killian, Piano Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

Featured non-Australian music: Mozart -- Rondo in A minor, KV 511; Liszt -- Gretchen, from A Faust Symphony

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on +61 3 9029 2769 or by email to melb.treasurer@thechristiancommunity.net

Featured Australian Works

From a Star Afar : for piano (2018) by Eve Christina Duncan — World premiere
— performed by Danae Killian
Piano sonata (unaccompanied piano) (1960) by Helen Gifford
— performed by Danae Killian
 Sikinnis III (2015) by Evan Lawson
 The Necessity of Mary (2018) by Susan Frykberg

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