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The Birch Tree


Sun 8 Nov 2015, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Where: St Luke's Church Mosman, Corner of Ourimbah Road and Heydon Streets, Mosman, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Concession: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: stephen79

Folksong has been the inspiration for many composers over the centuries. In this concert we show how composers as diverse as Ann Carr-Boyd, Mary Margeau, Elena Kats-Chernin and Bartok take a folksong as a starting point and develop it into something else, just like a birch tree growing from sapling to maturity.

The birch tree is a symbol of protection in Russian folklore - its straight and slender mottled trunk is seen as feminine. It is also the name of a Russian folksong. Elena Kats-Chernin, remembering a popular folksong from her youth, turns it into a charming piece for cello and harpsichord. Ann Carr-Boyd’s suite is based on folk tunes from Australia, Latvia and the Middle East. Everyone knows Scarborough Fair - hear it again in a set of delicious variations by Mary Mageau. Experience childhood through the eyes of Bartok, the streets of Buenos Aires through the tango rhythms of Piazzolla, and the romance of Spain with the lush melodies of Sarasate.