A SPECIAL CONCERT COMBINING THE BEAUTY OF POLIFEMY,
GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT & WALKING THE DOG.
Birds are a source of wonder, with their calls and colours, their mastery of the air, the solitary wildness of some and the collective lifestyles of others. Our winged cousins have been responsible for wonderful human music over the ages using direct imitation of birdsong and other acoustic images to portray beauty, love and loss. This concert showcases compositions inspired by birds, from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Australian Kookaburras and White-Throated Warblers will flock together with Europe's Nightingales and Cuckoos as the sounds of recorders, voices, brass and strings mingle and soar in the wide open spaces of the High Court’s Great Hall. The performances feature Canberra vocal ensembles Polifemy and The Gentleman’s Agreement and recorder players Walking the Dog among others, and the music of composers such as Orlando Gibbons, Jacob van Eyck, Brenton Broadstock and Eric Whiteacre. An aural and avian experience not to be missed!
The Court would like to thank Peter Hislop for the use of his photograph.