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Josie and the Emeralds


Josie and the Emeralds

  • Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 6:30pm (speaker); 7:30 concert
  • Venue: Art Gallery of New South Wales — Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: This is a free event

Event Details

A series of concerts, inspired by The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. Late medieval and early Renaissance music by Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Du Fay and Gilles Binchois features, along with premieres of new Australian compositions by Moya Henderson, Alice Chance, Bree van Reyk, Victoria Pham, Amanda Cole and Brooke Green.

Concert 1 | Wednesday 11 April | Moya Henderson: The hem of her dress, a fanfare for solo organetto. One of Australia’s most eminent composers, Moya is perhaps best known for her 1997 opera, Lindy, about the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain in 1980.

Concert 2 | Wednesday 18 April | Alice Chance: Ça va bien, a happy blues for soprano, organetto, treble and bass viols. Here, the composer depicts The Lady as self-sufficient and quite content, luxuriating in her paradise garden.

Concert 3 | Wednesday 25 April | Victoria Pham: A Aurore, for soprano, organetto, viola d’arco and bass viol. Dedicated to George Sand whose words “shaped with colour and woven with threads of The Lady and The Unicorn’s burgundy and amber” inspired the music for this work.

Concert 4 | Wednesday 2 May | Brooke Green: Le Miroir et La Licorne (The Mirror and The Unicorn) for soprano, organetto, and vielle: a palindrome that incorporates the enigmatic phrase that appears in the last tapestry, Mon seul desir (here translated as My sole desire).

Concert 5 | Wednesday 9 May | Amanda Cole: Portative Organ Solo with electronics: Theme and Variations on a Bell Ringing Pattern.

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