C13 Birds In Paradise
May 5, 2022
11.30am - 12.30pm
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
15 Blackall St, Barton ACT 2600
In Association with
Presented by the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Be it the crow or cuckoo or curlew, birds have always fascinated and enchanted us. Capturing their song became a driving force for the French master Olivier Messiaen, transcribing bird calls on his travels and incorporating their multi-voiced warblings in his works. Hollis Taylor’s observations of the Pied Butcher Bird in Australia triggered an entirely new oeuvre of human-avian interaction, nearly a century after Brewster-Jones’ work in the Adelaide in the 1930s.
A concert by birds, their human followers and divine devotees.
All works are interspersed with field recordings of bird song in their natural habitat
Olivier Messiaen, Alouette lulu (The Woodlark – Lullula arborea)
Hooper Brewster-Jones, Bird Calls
Shrike Thrush in the Driving Mist of Morn – 12 August 1923
Rosella’s Wooing – 20 September 1923
Black Swans Flying – 15 August 1923
Wattle Bird – 12 August 1923
Magpie in the Air – 13 August 1923
Reed Warbler – 24 September 1923
Hollis Taylor, Riffingbirds, four pieces for violin (2009)
Christopher Sainsbury, The Arrival (2018)
Olivier Messiaen, Traquet rieur (The Black Wheatear – Oenanthe teucura)
Edward Neeman, piano
Anna McMichael, violin
and birds across the world.
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Artist Edward Neeman
Artist Anna McMichael
Anna McMichael is an Australian-born violinist who returned in 2010 to live in Australia after 17 years in Holland performing in many of the major European ensembles and orchestras.
She grew up in South Australia and studied violin with Marie Roberts, Beryl Kimber and William Hennessy. In 1990, Anna was awarded first prize in the string concerto final of the Australian Broadcasting Commission National Instrumental and Vocal Competition.
In Australia, Anna performed as a concerto soloist with the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded a Queen's Jubilee scholarship in 1993 to study with Vera Beths at the Royal Conservatorium, the Hague in The Netherlands where she graduated cum laude in 1995. Anna also followed lessons with Alexander Kerr and baroque violin with Elizabeth Wallfisch. As well as her performance studies, Anna has a Master’s Degree in Historical Musicology from King’s College, London and a Doctorate from Sydney Conservatorium.
Anna is coordinator of Strings at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University.