Incredible Floridas is an entertaining and mind-expanding weekend that honours our musical elders and mounts a bold assault on cultural amnesia.
A stellar Australian cast performs not only major works by Sculthorpe, Glanville-Hicks, Richard Meale, Margaret Sutherland, Ross Edwards, Percy Grainger and Alfred Hill, but also those of the current generation that stand on their shoulders. All this alongside seminal European music of the 20th century that deeply informed their styles.
Yes, there is challenging material, but the curator’s hand balances it with “ancient” and more recent hits: Elena Kats-Chernin’s Wild Swans Suite, Grainger’s Handel in the Strand, Satie’s Gnossiennes, Messiaen’s glorious Quartet for the End of Time, Schoenberg’s luscious Transfigured Night and in a rare outing, the “other Rite of Spring”: a theatrically authentic Pierrot lunaire in all its glorious 1912 weirdness.
There is even a screening of an early rarely seen film by Peter Weir, and, prefacing each fascinating program, a poem read by one of Australia’s most beloved thespians and a former artistic director of State Theatre Company of South Australia, the remarkable John Gaden.
Program details here: https://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/events/chamber-landscapes-series/
Adult $69 - Theatres are currently operating at 50% capacity as per SA Health guidelines. Bookings through BASS attract an $8.95 transaction fee.