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Evenings with Birdsong
Two avian performances at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Join two of Australia’s most adventurous musicians, Simone Slattery (violin, vocals, PhD, Churchill Fellow) and Anthony Albrecht (cello, The Juilliard School), for a pair of avian-inspired concert events at the Carl Cherry Center, described by critics as “spectacular.”

The Bowerbird Collective produces multimedia works that tell conservation stories, with the aim of strengthening emotional connections to the natural world. They tour extensively, with a focus on performing in regional areas, deliver exceptional educational outreach opportunities to school age children, and work with national and international conservation organizations to explore nature through the arts.

Where Song Began – Wednesday, August 3rd • 7:30PM

Performed more than 80 times in sold out halls and accessible for all ages, Where Song Began is a celebration of songbirds. The program includes music spanning 300 years, from Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and J.S. Bach to Arvo Pärt and new commissions, enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections and an immersive soundscape.

Life on Land’s Edge – Thursday, August 4th • 7:30PM

Life on Land’s Edge takes audiences on an epic journey alongside migratory birds as they connect continents and cultures. The performance draws on art, science, and music from across the ages. Spectacular footage and soundscapes will immerse you in one of nature’s greatest stories. “Truly beautiful”

About the performers: Simone Slattery was a 2018 Churchill Fellow, received a Ph.D. in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program and enjoys an international career.

Performance length: 60 minutes without interval, including a Q&A.

For more information about these programs and the artists visit www.bowerbirdcollective.org

Tickets: Adults $30 and $5 for children 18 and under,  available online (https://bowerbirdcollective.us/carmel) or by calling (831) 624-7491. *Purchase a combined adult ticket, see both concerts for $50 — a $10 discount!

For the health and safety of all, masks are required while inside the Cherry Theater. 

Tickets: www.bowerbirdcollective.us/carmel
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Program information:
Where Song Began
Arvo Pärt – Fratres for solo violin, 1977
Sarah Hopkins – Reclaiming the Spirit, 1993
Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending, 1917
Chris Williams – bird, songs, seas, 2017
Ross Edwards – Ecstatic Dance No.2, 1990
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer – Cucu Sonata, 1664
J.S. Bach – Prelude from Cello Suite No.1, c.1720
David Lang – Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattle Bird), 2017
Ngarra Burra Ferra – Yorta Yorta hymnSpotify Album Link here.
Promotional videos here and here.
ABC Radio National feature interview here.
Life on Land’s Edge
Simone Slattery – Invisible Connections (2020)*
Philip Glass – Opening (1981)
Anne Cawrse – Sanctuary (2021)*
Chris Williams – (Codex) on the Flight of Birds (2021)*
Corrina Bonshek – Far Eastern Curlew Lament (2021)*
Corrina Bonshek – Between Sea and Sky (excerpt, 2022)*
Anne Cawrse – Ruddy Turnstone (excerpt, 2021)*
Dai Fujikura – Star Compass (2020)
Gambirra Illume – Wind Birds (2022)*
Vivaldi – Violin Concerto “per Chiareta” in B flat major RV 372a, Andante (c.1720)
Simone Slattery – The Godwit and Curlew (2020)*
* New Commission

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