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Dreamers of The Day


Thu 31 Aug 2017, 7:00pm–8:40pm

Where: Newcastle Conservatorium, Cnr Auckland and Laman Streets, Newcastle CBD, Hunter Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $60.00
  • Concession: $55.00
  • Under 30: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: DMCPR Media

From ambiguous start to surprising finish, Dreamers of the Day, the fourth and perhaps most extraordinary program yet in The Song Company’s 2017 season, sets out to fragment and distort the listener’s experience, focusing on changing their perceptions of sound and time to imagine them slowly waking from a dream.

At times pulsing and brisk, at other times vague and elusive like a half-remembered dream, Dreamers of the Day features old and new arrangements of iconic Baroque pieces from J.S. Bach and Handel, teamed with classic but radical miniatures by three influential 20th century composers and rounds out in style in a part-minimalist, part-improvisatory soundtrack of four pianos plus percussion (both electronic and real), a talking clock, and Anna, a twilight heroine on a kaleidoscopic dreamtime ride. The program features guest artist Robert MacFarlane (tenor) and young artist Alexandria Siegers (alto).

As Stravinsky, composer of works such as the riot-inducing The Rite of Spring and his peasant wedding ballet for four pianos and percussion, Les Noces, says in his autobiography: “...the phenomenon of music is nothing other than a phenomenon of speculation... The elements at which this speculation necessarily aims are those of sound and time... consequently music is a chronologic art... All music is nothing more than a succession of impulses that converge toward a definite point of repose.”

Minimalism vs Baroque vs 20th century Contemporary, The Song Company will take audiences on a dream-like musical journey which will challenge their awareness of time, tempo and rhythm and will pit the fluidity of psychological time against the primordial relentlessness of time itself.