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Musical Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

Thursday 1 June, 2017
Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery, 6.30pm

Greenway 3

Baritone Michael Halliwell
Clarinet Sue Newsome
Piano David Miller

NPG exhibition: The 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize (April 2017–June 2017)

Tickets $45, available online or at the door from 5.30pm
Admission includes entrance to exhibition.

Student rush tickets (concert only) $10 at the door from 5.30pm

Pre-concert drinks and light refreshments available from 5pm

A composer uses the stave to record a person’s story in the same way a photographer uses a camera. These works are portraits created through music.

The CSO’s Australian Series Musical Portraits features Greenway 3; a trio of baritone voice, clarinets, and piano who will perform an hour long concert which is book-ended by responses to war that were made almost 100 years apart.  Australian Series Curator Dr Matthew Hindson AM describes the first part of the performance as being “full of music that was well known and important to the population, in other words – pop songs, at the time of writing.  However the majority of composers we have now never heard of, with the exception of Percy Grainger.”

This Australian Series also features a newly commissioned work from composer Alice Humphries. In order to help shape the work, Humphries spent some time looking for themes that link the images on display in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017.  She describers her piece ‘About Light’ as being inspired by an element which is essential in photography.

baritone and piano
Alfred MANSFIELD For Auld Lang Syne! Australia will be there (1897)
Jack BRITON He died at the Dardanelles (1915)
Reginald STONEHAM Back Home (1918)
Percy GRAINGER Soldier, Soldier (1907)
Thomas RABBETS Australia’s Hymn for her Dead (1916)

baritone, bass clarinet and piano
Alice HUMPHRIES premiere (2017)

clarinet and piano
Jane STANLEY Firefly (1999)
Ross EDWARDS The Tower of Remoteness (1979)

baritone, clarinet and piano
Eric BOGLE arr. Calvin BOWMAN: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (2015)

Program correct at time of publishing


Image: Kuei – The Sea of Gazelles – South Sudan to Oz, 2016 by Kellie Leczinska