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Messiaen At Twilight


Wed 13 Apr 2016, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: USQ Arts Theatre, West Street , South Toowoomba, Toowoomba & District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00 ea
  • Concession: $20.00 ea
  • Member: $17.50 ea
  • Child - under 12: $12.00 ea
  • Group booking of 10 or more: $12.00 ea
  • Additional fees may apply

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Image: Portion of Abyss of birds by Sandy Pottinger.

The shimmering, savage and ecstatic music of Oliver Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen played on two pianos alongside a passionate visual response by Sandy Pottinger.

“This shimmering, savage, ecstatic music was written for two pianos which dual and court and consummate with passionate exuberance. The music is sound-colour that is about feeling, reverence, and soaring spiritual enlightenment. For me it is a challenge to be wrestled with, it is demanding and physical. I throw paint at the canvas and from the violence try to retrieve a morsel of tenderness and emotional reprieve. Shapes become symbols and colours drench sounds that spike feelings,” Sandy Pottinger says.

From very early on it was clear that Olivier Messiaen (b. Dec. 10, 1908, France. d. April 27, 1992, France) would be a composer who would stand alone in the history of music. He did not come from any particular ‘school’ or style but formed and created his own totally individual musical voice. He achieved this by creating his own ‘modes of limited transposition’, taking rhythmic ideas from India (deci tala), ancient Greece and the Orient.

Sonya Lifschitz has been praised for her “dynamic performances” (New York Times) and “miraculous keyboard technique and musicianship” (Saugerties Times, NY). Sonya is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative musicians. At age 18, Sonya made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, broadcast on ABC Classic FM and SBS television.

Therese Milanovic is in demand as both performer and pedagogue. In 2009, Therese completed her first-level Taubman teacher training with the Golandsky Institute (USA), the subject of her PhD. In 2014 she was promoted to Associate Faculty, and is the only certified Taubman Instructor in Australia.

Sandy Pottinger retired as a lecturer in the Visual Arts Department in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Southern Queensland a few years ago and has been writing the weekly Saturday column, “Around the Galleries” for the Toowoomba Chronicle since 1998.

A reception in the USQ Arts Gallery will follow the recital – refreshments will be served.