Heavenly Cities

Metropolis New Music Festival


Knussen The Way to Castle Yonder
Conyngham Diasporas WORLD PREMIERE
Messiaen Couleurs de la cité céleste
Bakrnčev Sky Jammer
Goebbels Surrogate Cities: Samplersuite

Robert Spano conductor
Michael Kieran Harvey piano

Cities of the imagination dominate this program. Oliver Knussen’s witty tribute to Maurice Sendak’s animal kingdom, taken from Knussen’s oneact operatic adaptation of Higglety Pigglety Pop!; Olivier Messiaen’s celestial city of many colours — a piece he compared to the ‘rose window of a cathedral in flaming and invisible colors.’; and Heiner Goebbels’ self-descriptive ‘phenomenon of the city from various sides’. Also on the program is a new work by Australian composer Barry Conyngham, entitled Diasporas, and Michael Bakrnčev’s Sky Jammer, commissioned through the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program.

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

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

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