Trad. Two Sisters
Mahler (arr. Iain Farrington) Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Sam Amidon (arr. Nico Muhly) Saro
Nico Muhly The Only Tune
Du Yun and Khaled Jarrar Where We Lost Our Shadows (world premiere)

Nico Muhly piano
Sam Amidon
Jennifer Johnston
Ali Sethi voice
Shayna Dunkelman percussion
Nicholas Collon conductor
Khaled Jarrar film

The wayfarer, the migrant, the refugee: Aurora Orchestra embarks on a journey through time and space in the company of those that walk the face of the earth.

Roaming across musical genres and art forms, the latest instalment in Aurora’s groundbreaking Orchestral Theatre series features American folk artist Sam Amidon, Pakistani singer Ali Sethi, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and Palestinian filmmaker Khaled Jarrar. Staged as part of Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival, the programme is co-curated with the Pulitzer-prize winning American composer Du Yun, whose eclectic voice is one of the most distinctive and exciting in today’s musical landscape.

Taking centre stage is the world premiere of Where We Lost Our Shadows, a collaborative work by Du Yun and Khaled Jarrar commissioned by Southbank Centre and Carnegie Hall.  Combining traditional South Asian raga music with text from Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, the piece features footage from Jarrar’s journey in the company of a Palestinian-Syrian refugee family from Syria to Germany.

The first half of the concert follows migrations of a different kind: in the company of Sam Amidon we trace the journey of a folk ballad across continents and centuries from 16th-century Norway to modern-day New York City in the form of Nico Muhly’s The Only Tune. The journey is enriched by new animations from Ola Szmida and completed by Iain Farrington’s dazzling chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s own ‘song from the road’ – the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen – sung here by Jennifer Johnston.

This performance will be preceded by a free foyer performance by members of Play for Progress, a Croydon-based charity offering music education and performance opportunities for unaccompanied minor refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.


Part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series at Southbank Centre

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