Dr. Malcolm John OAM has been a prominent musician, composer, and music teacher and in South Australia and Victoria for many years. This concert celebrates Malcolm John’s 80th birthday.
The concert is on Sunday 21st June, at 2:00 at St Lukes Uniting Church, Highton.
The program includes excerpts from operas and musicals, choral work, chamber music, and songs. Much of Malcolm John’s works have been composed for groups with which Malcolm has been involved; others are commissioned pieces. For example, The Viaduct, a one-act opera, was composed for The Theatre of the Winged Unicorn and first performed at Ceres in 2000. This work is represented by a dramatic duet in which an overseer for the building of the Moorabool railway viaduct directs his foremen and workers to lay rocks on the exact place where he has murdered and hidden the body of the man he suspects of being his wife’s lover. This is sung by Manfred Pohlenz and John Stubbings.
The musical Adelaide, Adelaide! was written when Malcolm was working in Adelaide. Several excerpts are presented, Hot Steel (for male chorus), I build ships (bass soloist and chorus), Strolling by the Torrens (chorus) and duets Have you ever been to Liverpool? and We don’t care.
The program also excerpts from two works for youth choir, sung by the Geelong Youth Choir Chamber Ensemble; Fly Away Peter, for instrumental quartet and narrator, commissioned by Music at the Basilica, and first performed in May 2015; two Shakespeare songs for vocal trio, two oboe concertinos with oboist Melissa Murphy; songs sung by Manfred Pohlenz, Alison Ralph and Karen Murray; ‘Sonus’ Wind Quintet 1 & 2; Trios for violin, cello and piano and several choral songs presented by an ensemble from The Geelong Chorale and instrumentalists.
This concert is part of the Singing the Classics series.
Tickets are available at the door – $15 & $12 – includes afternoon tea.