Two of Australia's most adventurous classical musicians will be in Armidale on Wednesday May 1, to present their beautiful multimedia show "Where Song Began".
Touring NSW, Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello) will present a performance telling the story of the evolution of birdsong. It features music spanning 300 years, stunning visual projections and an immersive soundscape.
... "proper" songbirds, are actually much younger relatives of the Lyre Bird or the Australian Magpie.Anthony Albrecht
"We're really excited to be presenting Where Song Began at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)," Mr Albrecht said.
"It's a show we've developed over the last 18 months, roughly, and it tells the story of songbird evolution, based on Tim Low's book of the same name.
"He did a huge amount of research and realised that songbirds evolved in Australia long before they did in Europe. So, birds like the Nightingale and the Lark which are thought of as the quintessential, or "proper" songbirds, are actually much younger relatives of the Lyre Bird or the Australian Magpie."
The 50-minute experience was described as "like being sung to by the country".
Accessible for all ages, the work encourages the audience to contemplate the origin of song and the importance of Australia's rich and colourful bird history.
The program includes music from Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and JS Bach to Arvo Prt and new Australian works, enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections, and an immersive soundscape.
The performance will commence at NERAM at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 1. These performances are supported by Birdlife Australia. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Birdlife or a related conservation cause and tickets can be purchased here.
Simone Slattery was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia's finest ensembles.
Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School's Historical Performance program and is now based in London.