Tales of travel and journeys (physical, metaphysical, psychological and emotional) are interwoven to explore some of the most profound aspects of human nature. In a program curated and performed by Australian-born pianist Aura Go, words and music enrich each other in fascinating and thought-provoking ways. Australian composer, writer and broadcaster Andrew Ford’s new work In Transit, co-commissioned by Aura Go, receives its first Finnish performance. The work is a collection of short movements that combine the composer’s observations, thoughts and fragments of overheard conversations that have occurred during his travels in Australia, Finland the UK and the USA. Originally composed for pianist and narrator, this often humorous and poignant work is performed here in a version for speaking pianist. Having become increasingly interested in the ways in which the spoken word can enrich music and vice versa, Aura Go has compiled her own arrangement of selections from Oscar Wilde’s powerful and harrowing letter De Profundis and music of Sibelius, Sitsky, Crumb and Rzewski. Aura is then joined by her regular duo partner, brilliant mezzo-soprano Erica Back, in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ timeless cycle the Songs of Travel, to texts by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Part of the ticket sales for this concert are donated to the Korvat Auki ('Ears Open') Society for Contemporary Music. 


Aura Go, speaking pianist
Erica Back, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Ford (b. 1957) In Transit (2016) *Finland premiere

For piano and speaker
1. On the A Train
2. A Promotion in the Restaurant Car
3. The Man in the Road
4. A Man Disappointed in the World
5. The Girl with the Black Piercings
6. Sunday Best
7. Mistaken Identity
8. A Juggling Lesson
9. The Bag Lady's Benefit
10. Culture Clash
11. Simple Gifts
12. Transfiguration

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel

1. The Vagabond
2. Let Beauty Awake
3. The Roadside Fire
4. Youth and Love
5. In Dreams

Music by Sibelius, Crumb, Sitsky, Rzewski De Profundis

Words by Oscar Wilde For speaking pianist

Compiled by Aura Go

Includes selections and arrangements from the following works:

Sibelius Die Stille Stadt
Sitsky Dimensions of Night
Crumb A Little Suite for Christmas
Rzewski De Profundis

Ralph Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel

6. The Infinite Shining Heavens
7. Whither Must I Wander
8. Bright is the Ring of Words
9. I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope

Concert duration: 60 minutes, no intermission

31.5, 19:00 - "Songs of travel" - Hietsun Paviljonki - Aura Go, piano, Erica Back, mezzo-soprano - Hietsun paviljonki

Tickets: 10 / 5 EUR

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