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The Utopia Experiment - Griffyn Ensemble


The Utopia Experiment - Griffyn Ensemble

  • Date: Friday, 4 December 2015 to Saturday, 5 December 2015, 7:30pm
  • Venue: National Portrait Gallery — King Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT

Event Details

In the 1890s dissatisfied colonial Australians sailed across the world to establish a Utopian society in the heart of South America. We tell the facinating story of the ‘New Australians’ through electroacoustic music from Latin America, a new operetta, and the words of poet Mary Gilmore who joined the settlement in 1896.

Music featured includes works by Australian composers George Dreyfus, Nigel Westlake, Eric Gross, and the world premiere of a new version of The Plaint of Mary Gilmore, by Vincent Plush, who has set words that Australian poet Mary Gilmore wrote when she joined the rebel settlement in the 1890s. The concert also includes works by Australian-Argentine Gerardo Dirié, Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos, and an electroacoustic piece inspired by the Indigenous people of America by Argentine composer alcides lanza.

Featured non-Australian music: Villa-Lobos

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

Featured Australian Works

Beneath the midnight sun : duo for violin & harp (2007) by Nigel Westlake
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble
Mary Gilmore goes to Paraguay : full orchestra (1979) by George Dreyfus
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble
Digital sheet music sample Plaint of Mary Gilmore : mezzo-soprano voice with piano (1984) [Paraguay Songs] by Vincent Plush
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble
Rondino pastorale, op. 33 : for harp/piano and flute (1962) by Eric Gross
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble
Ti xiuhtototl : vocal ensemble by Gerardo DiriƩ
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble

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