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Wild Swans in Concert

Source: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Archived 12 Dec 2017 - Posted: 14 Oct 2017
Elena Kats-Chernin by Bruria Hammer
The breathtaking music of Wild Swans in Concert is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale The Wild Swans: a young girl Eliza is driven from her home by her wicked stepmother who turns her eleven brothers into wild swans. To break the spell, Eliza must knit eleven coats out of stinging nettles, find the swans and dress them in their jackets - all while keeping silent.

Elena Kats-Chernin’s haunting and evocative music to Meryl Tankard’s ballet Wild Swans captivated audiences around Australia when it was first performed by The Australian Ballet and broadcast on ABC TV.

From the 90-minute ballet score, Kats-Chernin arranged a shorter, 12-movement concert suite, recorded by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Jane Sheldon.  In 2010, Wild Swans became the theme music for ABC Radio National's Late Night Live program until the end of 2015. 

Now – on 11 November at 7.30pm - The Joan proudly presents Kats-Chernin’s breath-taking piano and vocal score in concert format, with two of Australia’s most outstanding pianists – Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-Chernin - playing live on stage, joined by New York based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon, who is described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours’.

This incredible piano score will be played by four hands on one piano with Sheldon’s spectacular soprano voice rising above the music, and will be accompanied by photographic images created and curated by the extraordinary photographer and visual designer Regis Lansac.

Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today and her love of extreme and dramatically vivid music – from joy to thunder; whimsy to roar – takes audiences on a journey of exquisite beauty in Wild Swans

Kats-Chernin has won numerous music composition prizes in Australia, and her pieces are regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM radio. Long term collaborator, Tamara–Anna Cislowska is also a highly acclaimed and recognised pianist and winner of many awards including the 2015 Aria for Best Classical Album.

Praised by the New York Times for singing ‘sublimely’, Jane Sheldon has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, Sydney Symphony, Halcyon, The Song Company, Synergy Percussion, Sydney Chamber Opera, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and her recent album, North + South, was nominated for Best Classical Album of 2013 at Australia’s ARIA awards.

Elena Kats-Chernin, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Jane Sheldon

Wild Swans in Concert is a must for all lovers of fine music – finishing The Joan’s 2017 Fine Music series on a high note, in the hands of a musical dream team. Tickets available online or the box office 4723 7600.

An eclectic score of great delicacy, transparency, and inventiveness. Stephen Eddins, ALL MUSIC

A fairytale beginning - Wild Swans In Concert - and other mystical music

Saturday 11 November 2017


Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith

 Adult $65 Concession $60

This article archived 12 Dec 2017

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