Metropolis New Music Festival


Chin Graffiti
Turley city of ghosts
Daugherty Sunset Strip
Reich City Life

Robert Spano conductor

This program features the urgent restlessness of two great American cities: Los Angeles’ famous Sunset Strip as depicted by Michael Daugherty; and Steve Reich’s City Life, his brilliant account of the surging, cacophonous streets of New York City. ‘Why not bring it into a piece of music?’ Reich asked himself, somewhat rhetorically. Indeed, this five-movement, 25-minute piece teems with the sounds of car horns, sirens and pile-drivers. The concert begins with Graffiti, by Korean-born composer Unsuk Chin — a celebration of street art in all its forms. This concert will also feature Alex Turley’s city of ghosts, commissioned through the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program.

Pre-Concert Talk
14 May at 7pm, Onstage, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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