C9 Of Fairies and Fools
May 2, 2023
7.30pm - 9.00pm
Printers Way, Kingston, ACT 2604
Enter a world of wonder in this evening concert inspired by rustic folk tales and elflike fantasy.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales hit the bookshops in 1812, and by the time H.C. Andersen was ready to publish his own fairy tales in the 1830s, a new literary genre was born. Robert Schumann followed suit with several instrumental works, as reflected in this late clarinet trio. Dvořák found different reasons to delve into his country’s folklore. It inspired major operas, as well as the very charming yet rarely performed Moravian Duets.
Janáček drew on the Czech folk traditions with even greater zeal. From the nuptials of the beetroot to the comic picture of a cow in the knacker’s yard, the musical miniatures of Říkadla (Nursery Rhymes) arguably are some of his most playful and catchy creations. Equally upbeat and almost clown-like is Elena Kats-Chernin’s Village Idiot, conjuring the wry image of a fool who in a world of madness dares to speak a clearer truth.
Robert Schumann, Märchenerzählungen op 132 (1853)
Antonín Dvořák, Moravian Duets (1876)
Leoš Janáček, Říkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (1924)
Elena Kats-Chernin, Village Idiot (2006)
James Wannan, viola
Oliver Shermacher, clarinet
Susannah Lawergren, soprano
Anna Fraser, soprano
Roland Peelman, piano
Ronan Apcar, piano/keyboard
Theo Carbo, electric guitar
Fletcher Cox, trumpet
Jackson Bankovic, trombone
Aidan Gabriels, horn
Veronica Bailey, percussion
Alister Price, accordion
Jacques Emery, double bass
Luminescence Chamber Singers
Alma Moodie Quartet
This concert is supported by Gail Ford
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Artist Roland Peelman AM - Festival Artistic Director
Artist Anna Fraser
Artist Luminescence Chamber Singers
Luminescence gives voice to human experiences of all kinds.Luminescence Chamber Singers is a vocal ensemble based on Ngunnawal country [Canberra, Australia], and the umbrella organisation for the Luminescence Children’s Choir. Performing music from all times and places, Luminescence champions the unbound expressive potential of our original instrument - the human voice. Both ensembles deliver artistic and educational programs that ignite the imagination of audiences, and give voice to human experiences of all kinds. Luminescence presents an annual concert programme in Canberra and surrounding regions, and performs at a wide range of festivals, events and collaborations. Recent highlights have included performances of David Lang’s Pulitzer prize winning work, ‘little match girl passion’, appearances for Canberra International Music Festival, Four Winds Festival (Bermagui), Musica Viva, Flowers of War, and numerous performances in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia for Patricia Piccinini’s ‘Every Heart Sings’ Skywhale project.