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Program 3. Flight
St Peter’s Cathedral
North Adelaide, 8pm
University of Adelaide, 2.30pm
History tells us that Leonardo da Vinci invented a flying machine. Legend has it that he may have actually flown it! A flight of fancy? It’s immaterial in this program – this music is for flights of our imagination. And flights can be metaphorical too: Bach knew better than most that a fugue is a flight; Paul Stanhope’s music sings of a flight into exile; John Taverner shows us that musical lines can fly too! Like Finzi’s singing spirits, they rise and soar and float better than any flying contraption yet conceived by science. Even aeronautical engineers know that, when it comes to ‘uplift’, music was there first!
Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine Eric Whitacre
Deserts of Exile Paul Stanhope
Contrapunctus 1 (adapted for ACS from The Art of Fugue) J. S. Bach
Agnus Dei (from Mass in G Minor) Ralph Vaughan Williams
My Spirit Sang All Day Gerald Finzi
…and music by Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams & Vytautas Miškinis
Carl Crossin OAM
ACS performances will adhere to both our and the venues COVID-safe plans which include asking all attendees to scan the QR code or register their name and contact details on entry, encouraging 1.5m physical distancing at all times and employing checkerboard seating where permitted.