The Art of Speech

  • National Gallery of Australia - Gandel Hall 30 Parkes Pl E Parkes, ACT, 2600 Australia

In association with the National Gallery of Australia

CONCERT 21
The Art of Speech

Australian rhetoric in music

Brisbane-based Topology and The Australian Voices combine forces to create a musical backdrop for some of the most iconic moments in Australian history, such as Robert Menzies’ Declaration of War, Gough Whitlam’s "Well May We Say" and Julia Gillard’s Misogyny speech. Powerful words, stirring music and brilliant choral work come together to celebrate the moments that shaped our nation.

PROGRAM

Part 1: Australians

Robert Helpmann
Arthur Boyd
Lost in Light
Judith Wright
David Malouf
Round Roads
Percy Grainger

Part 2:  The Singing Politician

"Nope nope nope" - Tony Abbott
"Melancholy Duty" - Robert Menzies
"The Dark Hour" -  Billy Hughes
"One thing remains" - John Curtin
"We will rise" - James Scullin
"I lie sent men to ease" - Malcolm Fraser
"The Dismissal" - Gough Whitlam
"Remembrance Day" - Bob Hawke
"The reward for public life" - Noel Pearson
"Persistence" - John Howard
"We took the children" - Paul Keating
"A stain on our soul" - Tony Abbott
"We apologise" - Kevin Rudd
"Not now, not ever" - Julia Gillard
"Unrepresentative swill" (various)

All music by Robert Davidson (b.1965), except:
"Nope, nope, nope" by Gordon Hamilton (b. 1982)
"The Dark Hour" by Gordon Hamilton
"I lie sent men to ease"  by John Babbage

Durations: 35' - interval - 55'

TOPOLOGY, directed by Robert Davidson

  • John Babbage, saxophones
  • Christa Powell, violin
  • Bernard Hoey, viola
  • Robert Davidson, double bass
  • Therese Milanovic, piano

THE AUSTRALIAN VOICES and LUMINESCENCE CHAMBER SINGERS directed by Gordon Hamilton

ADULT $57, CONC. $52, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25