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She dances by the river – premiere in May

She dances by the river is a new piano quartet composed by Andrew Schultz; a lyrical and lush study in slow dance-like motion commissioned by the Australian Cultural Fund in 2018. The music’s eight minutes unfolds in the three string parts over low soft chords in the piano and then builds to a strong conclusion.

Originally scheduled for its first performance in 2020, the work’s COVID-delayed premiere will be given at the Canberra International Music Festival on Friday 7 May 2021. The program also includes works by Schubert, Kats-Chernin and Piazzolla.

The performers are Veronique Serret, violin, James Wannan, viola, Blair Harris, cello, and Sonya Lifschitz, piano.

The title, She dances by the river, refers to people of courage who overcome obstacles and achieve their goals in spite of great challenges. Towards the end of the work the music references the traditional African-American spiritual song, “Down to the river to pray,” and captures a mood of affirmation and determination.

Read more about the program, Waltz to Tango, and obtain tickets for the Canberra International Music Festival here.

To listen to the concert via live-streaming on MDCH follow this link.

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