Navigating by the Sky
Guest artists Chris Williams (trumpet and didgeridoo) and Lucas Burns (narrator) join Southern Cross Soloists to explore musical works inspired by the concept of navigating by the sky, sea and land.
Navigation is one of the greatest challenges that humans have faced since the beginning of time, although with today’s technology we take it for granted. However, it actually took centuries of trial and error for man to find ways to navigate the world we live in through charting the sea, the land and the sky.
Long before Europeans set foot on Australian soil, Indigenous Australians had rich astronomical traditions, and extraordinary navigational abilities. Through their unique understanding of the star constellations and their creation of star maps and Songlines, they were able to establish sophisticated trade routes covering vast distances across the Australian continent. Likewise, European explorers were using star navigation to explore the unknown east and southern hemispheres.
Maps and Journeys will explore the routes of both these cultures and their eventual intersection, through music and insightful narration from ABC Classic presenter, Lucas Burns. The concert will also feature a world premiere of a new work called Ginan: the Southern Cross star given a new indigenous name to recognise Aboriginal astronomy.
Lucas Burns – narrator
Chris Williams – trumpet, didgeridoo
Vivaldi La Tempesta di Mare RV433
Sculthorpe Earth Cry
Ravel Miroirs No. 3: Une barque sur l’océan
John Rotar Ginan: Songs of Knowledge World Premiere
Debussy/Jolivet/Sculthorpe Terra, Luna, Astra: selections of solo instrumental works
Khachaturian Adagio from Spartacus
Debussy La Mer L. 109
PRESENTED IN CONCERT HALL REVERSE MODE IN THE ROUND
This performance is presented in Concert Hall Reverse Mode with the audience seated in close proximity to the performers on the Concert Hall stage. Instead of performing to the main auditorium, the artists face the choir balconies and choir retractable seats. This seating arrangement is known as reverse mode and creates an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
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Presented by Southern Cross Soloists and QPAC in association with Queensland Music Festival
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