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The Silence of Thousands


The Silence of Thousands

  • Date: Sunday, 6 November 2016, 3pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $50 | Concession: $40 | Child (under 13): $20 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

The timeless beauty and intensity of the Brahms Clarinet Trio, cheeky jazz in Torke's Telephone Book, meditation on icy landscapes and relationships in Tesch-Muller's Voices of a Northern Winter, glowing virtuosity from Vine's Flute Sonata, and surreal yellow night watch on the ocean in Kennedy's The Silence of Thousands. The Silence of Thousands is a surreal true story of when a passenger leaps from a cruise ship in the nighttime, in the middle of a nameless ocean. In this world premiere song cycle from Andrew Kennedy the alarm is raised and the captain turns the boat, stopping all the entertainments and engines, and asking for total quiet to find the man among the moonlit waves. The music explores the feeling of many people standing hushed and expectant, straining for signs of the lost man, and further, questions the change in mindset a person could have immediately after performing such a rash action. Those subsequent moments are more than just an absence of sound, they are a palpable tension of held breath, the horror of the daringness to execute such an act, and the intoxication of the spray, breeze, waves, and moon of the monochromatic night.

Andrew Kennedy
The Silence of Thousands*

Margaret Tesch-Muller
Voices of a Northern Year*

Johannes Brahms
Trio for Clarinet Cello and Piano

Carl Vine
Sonata for Flute and Piano

Andrew Kennedy
Parents’ Wedding Blessing^

Michael Torke (USA)
Telephone Book^

* World premiere
^ Australian premiere

Featured non-Australian music: Michael Torke, Brahms

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0438 787 338

Featured Australian Works

Sonata : for flute and piano (1992) by Carl Vine
— performed by Hourglass Ensemble
 Parents’ Wedding Blessing by Andrew Kennedy — Australian premiere
 The Silence of Thousands by Andrew Kennedy — World premiere
 Voices of a Northern Year by Margaret Tesch-Muller — World premiere

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