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Acacia Quartet: An AIDS Activist’s Memoir in Music

19 November 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT

Adelaide Festival Centre presents a unique memoir in music revealed by one of Australia’s leading AIDS activists – acclaimed composer Lyle Chan’s String Quartet: An AIDS Activist’s Memoir was devised during the peak of the epidemic. The South Australian premiere can be seen on 19 November in the Dunstan Playhouse.

String Quartet: An AIDS Activist’s Memoir was sketched in the crisis years 1991-1996, but only completed some 20 years later. In this moving performance, Chan’s unique composition will be performed by the acclaimed Acacia Quartet while each movement will be narrated by Chan himself, providing his first-hand insight into the tragedy of the
AIDS crisis.

Lyle Chan – today an acclaimed composer whose works have been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, soprano Taryn Fiebig, pianist Simon Tedeschi and even the Hon. Bob Carr – interrupted his life as a musician in order to be an AIDS activist. Between 1991-1996, he and fellow activists couriered AIDS treatments from the US that were unavailable here, fiercely lobbied federal government to approve experimental treatments more quickly and collaborated with drug companies to design clinical trials of promising new treatments.



19 November 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm