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Sonya Lifschitz Piano Recital

2 October, 2016

presented by fortyfivedownstairs

Sunday 2 October 2016
duration: 60 mins
time: 5pm
ticket price: $33 – $38
03 9662 9966

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The Architecture of Time

Music. Words. Film. Poetry.

Internationally acclaimed virtuoso and piano maverick Sonya Lifschitz, embarks on a multi-media tour de force piano program, exploring urban, pastoral and cosmic landscapes, from the Australian Parliament to the ancient Kingdom of Atlantis, ca.10000 B.C.

Showcasing masterpieces spanning three centuries, this immersive and re-imagined piano recital will take the listeners on an unforgettable adventure, weaving its way from the irrepressible energy and pulsation of Rob Davidson’s politically charged City Portraits, based on the history-bending speeches by Julia Gillard, Percy Grainger, Frank Lloyd-Wright and Corbusier, through the melancholy lyricism of Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, to the mystical symbolism of George Crumb’s Makrokosmos (Book I).

Interwoven with video projections and spoken word by two Melbourne poets, this sonic-visual feast will delight, engage and provoke.

Robert Davidson (b. 1965), City Portraits

George Crumb (b. 1929), Makrokosmos, Book I (selections)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), The Seasons, Op.37 (selections)

Davidson, Architecture
Tchaikovsky, October: Autumn Song
Crumb, Pisces: Proteus
Davidson, Not Now Not Ever
Tchaikovsky, May: Starlit Nights
Crumb, Taurus: Pastorale
Davidson, Sun, Green, Space
Tchaikovsky, June: Barcarolle
Crumb, Aries: Spring-Fire (Aries)
Davidson, Music is the Art of Agony
Crumb, Leo: The Magic Circle of Infinity
Crumb, Aquarius: Spiral Galaxy



Praised by the New York Times and The Age for her “dynamic” and “powerful” performances, Ukrainian-born pianist Sonya Lifschitz is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative, creative, and fearless musical voices.

During the 2015-16 season, Sonya made her critically acclaimed solo debut in one of New York’s most prestigious series, Bargemusic, with other season highlights including performances at the Banff Centre (Canada), the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes and Spotlight series, the Melbourne, Darwin, Port Fairy, and Metropolis Festivals, 3MBS Marathons, and a collaboration between visual artist Angela Cavalieri, iconic Melbourne arts venue fortyfivedownstairs, and ensemble Press, Play, of which she is the co-founder and artistic co-director.

Sonya debuted with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at age 18, performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. She has been a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony, Israel Symphony, John Hopkins Symphony, Western Australia Youth Symphony, Melbourne Symphonia, and Marroondah Symphony orchestras; has performed extensively in Australia, United States, Israel, Switzerland, Italy and England; and has been featured on ABC Classic FM, ABC Radio National, and 3MBS Fine Music stations.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $38,
Concession: $35,
Seniors: $35,
Group 6+: $35,
Under 30s: $33 (limited availability)


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