Performance: A CELEBRATION OF DOUGLAS LILBURN AND DENIS GLOVER
Douglas Lilburn’s 1953 setting of Denis Glover poetry, Sings Harry – one of New Zealand’s most enduring song cycles – is the starting point for this exploration of New Zealand sound, character and landscape by tenor Christopher Bowen and pianist Lindy Tennent-Brown (both NZ).
This year marks the centenary of Douglas Lilburn’s birth and this recital will premiere two new works inspired by Sings Harry and based on Denis Glover’s other man-alone characters: Lyell Cresswell’s Old Mick, a brooding memorial to Glover’s drinking and sailing companion on Banks Peninsula, and Patrick Shepherd’s Arawata Bill, a tale of gold prospecting and perseverance in the mountains of South Westland. Songs from Benjamin Britten complete the programme.
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