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Wed, 30 Aug


Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent

If You Could Speak to Death - ANAM

A short morning concert with music about speaking to the dead and the dead speaking back

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If You Could Speak to Death - ANAM
If You Could Speak to Death - ANAM


30 Aug 2023, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia


ANAM Soundbites are hour-long concerts curated and performed by ANAM musicians.

Composers have written some of their most inspired works through death personified. In this concert, we speak to death in Soomin Kim’s I’m doing well – a letter to Kim’s deceased grandmother – and death speaks back to us in David Lang’s haunting song cycle, death speaks. Ronan Apcar's song sets a secular psalm providing comfort for those grieving to music. Similarly, some composers have created the most extraordinarily beautiful and moving pieces when confronted with death. Written in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp, Olivier Messiaen’s Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus (“Praise to the Immortality of Jesus”) is an exceptional musical portrait of transcending mortal life – a beautiful musical eulogy to help us find comfort and beauty in our shared fate. Join music lovers of all backgrounds post-concert for ANAM's Music Discussion Group. Share your thoughts of the repertoire just performed or hear the insights of featured musicians from the concert. Located in CG.24, Ground Floor, Convent Building.

S KIM I'm doing well D LANG Death Speaks for soprano and 3 instruments R APCAR Psalm for Rothko's Chapel MESSIAEN Quatuor pour la fin du temps - VIII: Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus

Ronan Apcar (NSW) curator/piano

Donica Tran (ACT) violin Lily Ward soprano Louis Smith electric guitar


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