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Ode: Sonata Project : Sydney Festival


Ode: Sonata Project : Sydney Festival

  • Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020 to Saturday, 18 January 2020, 6:30pm daily
  • Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art — George Street, The Rocks, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the Sydney Festival 2020 series
  • Tickets: General: $75 | Concession/MCA Members: $60 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9245 2400

Event Details

Head to the MCA after hours for an intimate cultural experience. The setting is acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker’s War Room (2015), an enveloping crimson tent of negatives from Remembrance Day poppies. Ode is a piano recital in the tradition of the 19th-century salon, events known for extraordinary performances in stunning settings.

This is the latest instalment in Bernadette Harvey’s Sonata Project. It will be an evocative performance reflecting on the apocalyptic nature of war. Harvey has chosen works that echo the 1940s – an eclectic mix of modern jazz and nostalgia with ever-present dark undertones. 

A new sonata by Sydney composer Peggy Polias is the centrepiece in a program of poetry and music that responds to the horrors and losses of war. 


Ruth Schonthal – NachklÓ“nge (Reverberations) for prepared piano
Peggy PoliasOde – Piano Sonata (World Premiere)
Messiaen – “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus”
ProkofievSonata 8
Donald HollierRecessional in honour of a Fallen Soldier (World Premiere)

Supported by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sonata Project, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Featured non-Australian music: Ruth Schonthal, Messiaen, Prokofiev

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Recessional in honour of a Fallen Soldier (solo piano) by Donald Hollier — World premiere
— performed by Bernadette Harvey
Sonata: Ode (solo piano) (2020) by Peggy Polias — World premiere
— performed by Bernadette Harvey

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