Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds : Adelaide Festival 2019
- Date: Friday, 1 March 2019 to Saturday, 2 March 2019, 7:30pm
- Venue: Adelaide Town Hall — 128 King William St, Adelaide, SA
- Series: This event is part of the Adelaide Festival 2019 series
- Tickets: Adult : $59 - $79 | Conc.: $45 - $55 | U30: $25 - $35 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 131246
Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Alice Keath & Seraphim Trio / Music composed by James Ledger and Paul Kelly
Birds have fascinated poets for centuries, not just for their song and flight but as symbols: of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace, luck good and bad, and migration. And what better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air?
In a new song cycle commissioned by the 2019 Adelaide Festival from an idea by Anna Goldsworthy, Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger have written thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds. Using the words of John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gwen Harwood, A.D. Hope and others, each poem is its own world - delicate and intimate at times, colossal and soaring at others, with all states in between.
For two performances only, Paul Kelly and James Ledger will be joined by celebrated piano trio Seraphim (Anna Goldsworthy – piano, Helen Ayres – violin and Tim Nankervis – cello) and singer-songwriter Alice Keath to create a unique marriage of electronics, acoustic instruments and the human voice, celebrating winged creatures from the barn owl to the nightingale, from the thornbill to the falcon, from the magpie to the swan.
Featured Australian Works
|Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds (unspecified voice with chamber ensemble) by Paul Kelly and James Ledger — World premiere|
— performed by James Ledger, Paul Kelly, Seraphim Trio and Alice Keath
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