Where Song Began

EVENT DATES: Sunday 18 November 2018

Where Song Began’ is a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world. Performance at American River, Kangaroo Island Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this 50-minute performance explores the Australian origins of songbirds, ‘the birds that can sing’. Such is their evolutionary significance, ‘one may ask whether human music would have reached the heights it has, had the first songbird not sung in an Australian rainforest.’

Accessible for all ages, this work encourages the audience to contemplate the origin of birdsong and the importance of Australia’s rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, from Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and J.S. Bach to Arvo Pärt and new Australian works, enhanced by a film of evocative landscape stills, moving images and bird call field recordings sourced from the Cornell Ornithology Lab. About the performers: 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.

More info visit http://www.wheresongbegan.com
Tickets available on the door and online. Adults $25, Under 18 $5

AMERICAN RIVER – Sunday, 18/11, 11:00am American River Hall, Cnr Wattle and Ryberg St, American River, Kangaroo Island, SA

Performance length: 60 minutes without interval, including a Q&A
Program: Arvo Pärt – Fratres for solo violin, 1977 Sarah Hopkins – Reclaiming the Spirit, 1993 Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending, 1917 Chris Williams – bird, songs, seas, 2017 Ross Edwards – Ecstatic Dance No.2, 1990 Johann Heinrich Schmelzer – Cucu Sonata, 1664 J.S. Bach – Prelude from Cello Suite No.1, c.1720 David Lang – Anthochaera carunculate (Red Wattle Bird), New Commission, 2017 Ngarra Burra Ferra – Traditional Indigenous hymn ABC Radio National Feature: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/where-song-began/9811914 Music Australia article: https://musicaustralia.org.au/2018/07/music-meets-birdcall-the-australian-way-where-song-began/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2419188784975479/

These performances are supported by Birdlife Kangaroo Island. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Birdlife.

Date:  Sunday 18 November 2018
Venue: American River Hall
Address: Cnr Wattle and Ryberg St, American River, Kangaroo Island, SA
Time:  11am – 12pm
Entry:  Adults $25, Under 18 $5
Bookings: Tickets available online and at the door, http://www.wheresongbegan.com
Please contact: Jasper Taylor and Anne A’Herran 0457505235

The American River Hall has recently being lovingly restored by the American River Progress Association and celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2017. It was fine acoustics and plays host to a range of community events throughout the year.

Visit the American River Hall page.