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Melody At My Will

8 March, 2023

Solstice Trio presents

Melody At My Will

Wednesday 8 March 2023

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Wednesday 8 March 2023

duration: 55 minutes
time: 7:30pm
ticket price: $30 – $40
bookings: 03 9662 9966

Georgina Lewis, piano
Natasha Conrau, violin
with special guest Gemma Kneale, cello

Contemporary piano trio Solstice has gained a reputation for its explorative approach to curation, inhabiting a musical niche that is fresh, accessible and always exciting.  Drawn together in 2015 by a mutual desire to break the piano trio out of its classical music tradition, the ensemble has spent the last seven years uncovering and commissioning new works undefined by genre, championing in particular the music of Australian and women composers.
Yes, I have a thousand tongues, 
And nine and ninety-nine lie. 
Though I strive to use the one, 
It will make no melody at my will, 
But is dead in my mouth. 
– Stephen Crane
Melody At My Will features works for violin, cello and piano, which sit at the boundaries of contemporary classical, jazz and electronic music, and place a microscope over the fleeting and seemingly insignificant moments in a human life, giving them a melody and a spotlight.

The program opens with an excerpt from Morton Feldman’s rarely performed Rothko Chapel, written as a tribute to his friend the American painter, the year after Rothko took his own life. It continues to Stuart Greenbaum’s sublime and other-worldly 800 Million Heartbeats, a metaphor for a life, measured in heartbeats, and the journeys that fill its course. Robert McIntyre’s piano trio, See Through Me is an exploration in relationships, conflict and healing, and Andrea Keller’s Golden Strawberries revisits her memory of meeting her Czech grandmother for the first time. Also featuring Johannes Luebbers’ study in ‘opposites’ Chalk & Cheese, Missy Mazzoli’s epic A Thousand Tongues for voice, cello and electronics, and music of John Adams and David Lang, this program reflects the multi-faceted and complex condition of being human.


Morton Feldman – Rothko Chapel 5 (arr. for piano trio)Stuart Greenbaum – 800 Million HeartbeatsAndrea Keller – Golden Strawberries

Missy Mazzoli – A Thousand Tongues for cello, voice and electronicsRobert McIntyre – See through me (2021) for piano trio Andrea Keller – FlickerJohn Adams -China Gates (piano solo)Johannes Luebbers – Chalk & CheeseDavid Lang – wed

Ticket Prices:

Concession: $30
Group 6+: $30


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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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