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Songs of the Solstice
22 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm AEST$15 – $86
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a unique performance experience and a glass of mead
Inspired by the colour and movement of the landscape of Iceland ‘Songs of the Solstice’ is set against the backdrop of a Winter art installation.
The artistic works draw inspiration from the best-selling novel ‘Burial Rites’ written by Australian author Hannah Kent.
“The mood and ambience of the Icelandic landscape that Hannah Kent creates in her novel stayed with me a long time” says Songs of the Solstice Creative Director and songwriter Michaele Archer.
The first half of the show includes original music by Apsara, readings and visual media.
The text will be narrated by actress and film maker Augusta Miller, with music performed by guitarist Giuseppe Zangari, cellist Sally Maer, violist Gabrielle Steele and vocalist Michaele Archer on harmonium.
Michaele Archer is Artistic Director of the annual production of “Opera in the Arboretum” bringing together international and nation artists to the Central Coast. She is excited to bring a mix of artists and genre to “Songs of the Solstice’ concert.
“I’m excited to collaborate with so many talented people for this project”, said Michaele. “I love the qualities we’ve got going with the combination of voice and instruments with the rich, low tones of the cello and viola and alto harmonium and the softness of the guitar. The flavour of this music is raw, atmospheric and medieval”.
The second half of the show is a celebration of favourites inspired by nature including “The Swan’, Vivaldi’s Winter Movement from the Four Seasons and Tango en Skai.
Indulge in a warming glass of mead on Saturday evening of the Winter Solstice and be part of this unique event.