Members of the Australian Octet
Choirs of St Patrick’s & Consolidated Schools
“Hiding in every national anthem is the recognition that we are insecure about our freedoms, that freedom is fragile, and delicate, and easy to lose.” – David Lang
Our Festival begins with an exquisite journey from darkness to light, celebrating the intertwined nature of human histories. Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen is one man’s outpouring of grief at the senseless destruction of Dresden, but it stands here as a determination to never allow such follies to re-occur. Performed in its Septet version, it is followed by David Lang’s crystalline hymn the national anthems that, in taking text from 193 National Anthems from around the globe, hopes to in the words of the composer “find common ground that might allow us to understand each other, across all our artificial boundaries.”
The concert ends on a joyous homecoming, as local schoolchildren are joined by three wondrous sopranos (one Iranian, one Celtic, one Indigenous) and strings in a new commissioned piece called My Mother’s Mother – a work that traces the migrations that brought each of us here to Australia.
Lang the national anthems (Australian Premiere)
Tiba My Mother’s Mother (World Premiere*)
*The commissioning of ‘My Mother’s Mother’ was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.