Eight meditations on paintings by Arthur Boyd

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Friday 31 October 2014


James O Fairfax Theatre


$45, $40 members / concession

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The National Gallery of Australia presents a program of music illuminating the visionary art of Arthur Boyd, directed by Chris Latham and featuring Canberra's finest performers.

Performers: Louise Page (soprano), David Pereira (cello), Chris Latham (director and violinist), Alan Hicks (piano), Sculthorpe String Quartet (Chris Latham, Anne Horton, James Wannan, David Pereira), Max McBride (bass), Virginia Taylor (flute), Megan Billing (oboe), Alan Vivian (clarinet), Kristen Sutcliffe (bassoon), Carly Brown (horn).

The program will include works by Sergei Rachmaninov, Richard Wagner, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss, Peter Sculthorpe, James MacMillan and Valentin Silvestrov.

Arthur Boyd St Francis when young turning aside 1972
dyed wool on cotton high-warp tapestry 261.0 x 341.0 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1975 Reproduced with the permission of Bundanon Trust


#1 Nude with Beast 2
Rachmaninov, String Quartet No. 2: II. Andante molto sostenuto

#2 St Francis when young turning aside
Silvestrov, 25 X 1893 In Memoriam P. I. Tchaikovsky (No 2 Lullaby) for violin and piano

#3 Nebuchadnezzar making a cloud
Schubert, Andantino from Piano Sonata In A, D 959

#4 Reflected Bride 1
Peter Sculthorpe, Salve Regina for soprano and strings

#5 Interior with open door Shoalhaven
Peter Sculthorpe, Djilile for cello and piano

#6 Figure Painting a Shadow
James MacMillan, After the Tryst for violin and piano

#7 Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a tree
Richard Meale, Cantilena Pacifica for string quartet

#8 Rocks and Two Figures
Richard Strauss, Morgen

#9 St Francis holding St Clare's hair
Richard Wagner Leibestod (arr Ledger for chamber forces)