“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996)
Atoms of Silence
Andrián Pertout (1963 – )
(Commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC)
Australian work – world premiere performance
Symphony No. 8 in D Minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872- 1958)
(ed. David Lloyd Jones)
Undercurrents is a classical music performance that explores the tension between the built environment and the natural tension between the natural movements of water and nature. The title piece Undercurrents by Thea Rossen is a mass work for Melbourne Conservatorium staff and students created for the Living Pavilion festival featuring the Federation Bells on loan from Museum Victoria. It is inspired by the story of Bouverie Creek, the built environment which now obscures it, and the eels that continue to use this hidden waterway as a migratory route through the campus. The concert further explores these themes through contemporary works by Australian and American composers performed by staff, students and guests of Melbourne Conservation of Music. Performers featured include Carla Blackwood, Joel Brennan, Don Immel, Peter Neville, Thomas D’Ath and special guests Thea Rossen, Jesse Deane and Zela Papageorgiou.
As one of the leading voices of his generation, Japanese-born Dai Fujikura's music has been performed by a host of leading ensembles and soloists all around the world. This program features a brand new work written for the Conservatorium's very own Ensemble Three, as well as works for percussion and mixed ensemble. It is our great honour to have Mr Fujikura join us for this performance and a post-concert Q&A.