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Friday 1 March 2024 7pm

Join mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley and pianist Michael Curtain for an evening of story-telling over the piano, inspired by the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, devised by Paul Kildea and Ian Dickson, and written and directed by Constantine Costi. William Bolcom, who just celebrated his 85th birthday, occupies a unique place in the repertoire. Not quite art song, not quite cabaret, his settings of Arnold Weinstein’s deliciously dry lyrics continue a grand tradition stretching from Schubert to Sondheim of making words dance, fly and sing. Hear some of their best-loved songs, from 'Amor' to 'At the last lousy moments of love', woven into a poignant meditation on life, love and living in the moment. "[Bolcom’s songs are] colourful, brash, dreamy, light, sassy, catchy, overwrought, ethereal, folksy, soothing and sometimes several of these things at once." – Classical Net "Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves) is almost a metaphor for the season – an examination of interior and exterior worlds, represented here by offstage and onstage. It’s a program in which the brilliant songs of William Bolcom are juxtaposed to create a funny and profound story of a young woman’s life and loves." – Paul Kildea

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Friday 1 March 2024
7pm

Join mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley and pianist Michael Curtain for an evening of story-telling over the piano, inspired by the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, devised by Paul Kildea and Ian Dickson, and written and directed by Constantine Costi.

William Bolcom, who just celebrated his 85th birthday, occupies a unique place in the repertoire. Not quite art song, not quite cabaret, his settings of Arnold Weinstein’s deliciously dry lyrics continue a grand tradition stretching from Schubert to Sondheim of making words dance, fly and sing.

Hear some of their best-loved songs, from ‘Amor’ to ‘At the last lousy moments of love’, woven into a poignant meditation on life, love and living in the moment.

“[Bolcom’s songs are] colourful, brash, dreamy, light, sassy, catchy, overwrought, ethereal, folksy, soothing and sometimes several of these things at once.” – Classical Net

“Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves) is almost a metaphor for the season – an examination of interior and exterior worlds, represented here by offstage and onstage. It’s a program in which the brilliant songs of William Bolcom are juxtaposed to create a funny and profound story of a young woman’s life and loves.” – Paul Kildea

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Musica Viva Australia

CATEGORY:
Classical Music

DURATION:
Approximately 75 minutes, with no interval.

WARNINGS:
This performance may contain strobe lighting and haze effects.

AGE SUITABILITY:
This performance is suitable for audiences of all ages.

LATECOMERS:
For most performances, latecomers cannot be admitted until a break in the performance. Please allow plenty of time to cover traffic and parking delays.

VENUE:
The Playhouse
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