Slave Pianos and Astra present
The Lepidopters - a space opera
3 pm & 7.30 pm Saturday 12 April, 5 pm Sunday 13th April
Artshouse North Melbourne Town Hall
Corner Queensberry & Errol Sts, North Melbourne
Science fiction meets cross-arts mavericks, Slave Pianos, joining with the Astra Choir, Yogyakarta art/punk music collective Punkasila, Indonesian singer/dancer Rachel Saraswati and virtuoso pianist Michael Kieran Harvey to present The Lepidopters: A Space Opera.
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Since 1978 when John McCaughey took over from George Logie-Smith as musical director of Astra, initiating Astra's second historical phase as a contemporary choral organisation, Astra has performed more than 1500 works by 475 composers in 292 concerts at 65 different venues.
Astra's Concert Archive lists all concerts from 1978 to 2012, including composers, works and performance details such as first performances. Some concert program notes are also available. You can also search the archive using the search box at the top of each page.