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Sunday 5 December 2021  |  2:30PM

* This concert has been rescheduled from Sunday 18 July 2021.


The field shimmering with flowers,
the stars swirling in the heavens,
the song of the lark
fills the blue abyss.

– Appollon Maykov (1821–1897)

Ukrainian-Australian pianist Sonya Lifschitz is at the forefront of cross-disciplinary collaboration in Australia. Innovative and fiercely creative, Sonya reimagines the classical canon and pushes the boundaries of conventional concert practices.

Conceived as a reflection on the cyclical nature of life, Above / Below pairs the poetic, lyrical vignettes of Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, Op. 37a (based on the twelve calendar months of the year) with the abstract mysticism of George Crumb's Makrokosmos, Book I (based on the twelve signs of the zodiac).

Joining Sonya is performance artist Christine Johnston (known affectionately as 'Madame Lark'), whose uncanny ability to mimic Australian birdcalls – along with her gift for narration – has seen her appear at festivals and concerts across the country. In this concert, she'll play the musical saw, imitate the song of the lark, and recite poetry as Sonya juxtaposes two widely divergent musical voices, allowing them to speak to each other in surprising and illuminating ways.


George Crumb (b. 1929)
Selections from Makrokosmos, Book I

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Selections from The Seasons, Op. 37a

Cancer: Primeval Sounds (Genesis I)
June: Barcarolle
Taurus: Pastorale
May: Starlit Nights
Capricorn: Crucifixus
January: At the Fireside
Scorpio: The Phantom Gondolier
October: Autumn Song
Sagittarius: Night-Spell I
November: Troika
Virgo: The Abyss of Time
Aries: Spring-Fire
April: Snowdrop
Gemini: Dream Images (Love-Death Music)

With poetry by Max Lifschitz

Christine Johnston. Photo: Stephanie Do Rozario

| Approximately one hour without interval.
Note | Complimentary afternoon tea will be served after the performance.

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