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Melbourne Festival: Sound Text

  • Melbourne Recital Centre Salon 31 Sturt Street Southbank, VIC, 3006 Australia (map)

The language of protest and resistance provides the music for this thought-provoking small chamber opera.
In Sound Text, political writings are ingeniously transcribed into harmonies and then layered with historical song melodies ranging from Reconstruction-era spirituals to French Revolutionary ballads.

Created by renowned US conceptual artist Charles Gaines with musical arrangements by Sean Griffin of Opera Povera, Sound Text is a unique fusion of art and music. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Score at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

RZEWSKI Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
BARBER Adagio for Strings
GAINES Sound Text

Brett Kelly conductor
Dimity Shepherd mezzo soprano
David Rogers-Smith tenor
Laurence Matheson piano
Quartz String Quartet

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Earlier Event: September 24
SSO: Carnival of the (Australian) Animals
Later Event: October 22
Duo Recital with Sophie Rowell