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Anna Cannon 2016 Music Premier


Thu 1 Dec 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Civic Theatre, 88 Tay St, Invercargill, Southland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Child (up to 18yrs): $7.00
  • Senior Citizen (65yrs +): $20.00
  • Family Package 2ad, 2ch (extra child $5.00): $60.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Civic Theatre

Anna Cannon Premiere will feature the award-winning Aramoana - Pathway to the Sea inspired by the scenery and history of Aramoana. The first movement sets the scene for the wild, isolated raw beauty of Aramoana. There are small wave-like surges from time to time, short bird song passages, and places where the grasses move in the wind. The mood is calm and undisturbed. Douglas Lilburn's music was an influence on the composition and in particular the use of short repeating motifs and rhythms that appear throughout and the emphasis on the descriptive nature of the landscape of Aramoana. John Van Buskirk--a versatile pianist referred to by the NY Times as "sensitive and assertive" - will perform Aramoana at the premiere.

The Remembering Piano Trio was written as a work to celebrate the life and influence of Douglas Lilburn, and to reflect his influence of landscape with the emotional states of reminiscing, solitude, and celebration. This will performed by local artists Jo Cooper (piano), Sarah Lovell (cello) and Hannah Gray (violin).

The Black Note Bundle is a set of five short works composed for my students in various styles which include boogie, ballad, Bossanova, Berceuse and barn dance. New Zeland composer, Dr. Anthony Ritchie from Otago University will perform these pieces.

Song of Sorrow and Joy is a work for flute and piano and will be performed by Nichola Genn Harris and Jo Cooper. These two songs contrast the emotions of joy and sorrow that the flute can aptly convey in timbre and expression. The piano supports and reassures throughout in sympathetic accompaniments. The music was inspired by the poem On Joy and Sorrow by Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-American poet who is most well-known for his book The Prophet, written in 1921.

The evening will be completed with the latest of Cannon's compositions, a song called Innocence sang by Claire Benedict and Emma Jones and accompanied by Sarah Sarfaiti.