In association with the National Gallery of Australia
Stalin's Piano (World Premiere)
Barbara Blackman’s Festival Blessing
On March 5 1953, Joseph Stalin died in his bed. Spinning on his record player was Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, performed by the formidable Maria Yudina. Yudina dared to criticize Stalin, yet lived to tell the tale. Robert Davidson’s new work, conceived for the Ukranian-born Sonya Lifschitz, takes us into the heart of the ever simmering conflict between state and individual, with contributions from people as diverse as Goebbels, Ai Wei Wei, Jackson Pollock, Gough Whitlam and Yudina herself.
Robert Davidson (b. 1965), Stalin's Piano (WP)
SONYA LIFSCHITZ piano
This event is followed by a public discussion on art and politics with a panel including Deborah Hart (senior curator NGA), Robert Davidson (composer), Andrew Ford (composer/writer) and others.
50 MINUTE PERFORMANCE FOLLOWED BY FORUM (ca. 40’)
ADULT $57, CONC. $52, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25