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Reclaiming the Night

Thursday 18 November, 2021
Atrium, National Museum of Australia, 6.30pm


Nat BARTSCH Into the Light
Leanne BEAR Nôtre Gothique
Brenda GIFFORD World premiere, PLEXUS commission
Sally GREENAWAY Quietude

Adult – $60
Concession – $55
Under 30 – $30

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In this closing concert of the 2021 Australian Series, we welcome guest ensemble PLEXUS. Driven by Monica Curro (violin), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet) and Stefan Cassomenos (piano), PLEXUS collaborates with Australian and international filmmakers, actors, directors, poets, choirs and visual artists as well as guest instrumentalists and vocalists. Since 2014, the collective has commissioned over 100 new works, including tonight’s world premiere from Brenda Gifford.

The program opens with Into the Light by Nat Bartsch, brimming with all the anticipation of a joyful departure into the unknown.

From there, Leanne Bear bids us recall, almost violently, the image of Notre Dame ablaze. The composer’s Nôtre Gothique offers, in her words, “musical pillars of chords…the violin and clarinet danc[ing] together in a diabolical duet with the noble piano.”

Series curator Deborah Cheetham offers one of her own works, INSIEME – YAPENEYEPUK – TOGETHER, which asks the question: What will it take to bring us together?

The program closes with Sally Greenaway’s Quietude, which evokes both the dark destruction of the battlefield and the fragile but tenacious hope that rises from it.

Image: Belinda Strodder

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