concert 5
Sunday 9 December, 5:00 pm

Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton


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New from Melbourne and Italy

4th Lawrence Whiffin Concert

Media and métier of contrasting kinds form a trilogy of events with new creations in SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER and DECEMBER. The three performance landscapes bring different traditions into play: – the symphonic dimension of Graham Hair’s hour-long work in the first event; interactive cross-disciplinary performances between music, film and theatre in the second; solo virtuosity and chamber music in the third, set in an environment of new choral composition.

Concert Head: 

Sunday December 9 brings the fourth of Astra’s Lawrence Whiffin Concerts – a forum for music from Melbourne and elsewhere in the globe.  Violist Phoebe Green combines with pianist Michael Kieran Harvey for two premieres – Ancestress by Helen Gifford, completed in 2018 for these two performers, and a rediscovered viola sonata by Lawrence Whiffin. Harvey further performs Whiffn’s breath-taking piano Études, launched as publications at this concert. From the choir come works ranging from Dorian Le Gallienne, who taught both Whiffin and Gifford, to younger Melbourne composers and recent Italian works.

Concert Support: 

Phoebe Green, viola, Michael Kieran Harvey, piano
the Astra Choir with solo voices conducted by John McCaughey

Helen Gifford, Ancestress (2018), viola & piano - 1st performance
Lawrence Whiffin, Sonata for Viola & Piano (undated) - 1st performance
 - Two Piano Etudes (1973-2006)
Dorian Le Gallienne, O Rose, Thou Art Sick (1956) choir a cappella
Alban Berg, Es ist ein Reis (1906)
Johannes Brahms, Two Songs Op.91 (1884) arr. for viola, choir & piano
Marco Molteni, vosb më – qar më (2015), 8-part choir
Riccardo Vaglini, Clouds, Viatico (2013), choir

with new choral works from younger Melbourne composers (2017-2018).