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Towards First Light: Gallipoli at 100 - Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

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Remembering the Dawn
This ANZAC Day many will pause to reflect on the events of 100 years ago. The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will present a specially commissioned World Premier of music to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Gallipoli. It has been written for the combined talents of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Chorale and two distinguished vocal soloists. To be held at the Adelaide Town Hall on April 22nd at 7pm.

Towards First Light: Gallipoli at 100
Towards First Light: Gallipoli at 100

The composer is Iain Grandage and librettist Kate Mulvany, entitled Towards First Light. It is part oratorio, part ceremony an act of remembering and a work of Remembrance. The work is described as a meditation on darkness and light, seen through the frame of that defining dawn a century ago. As we remember the events of Gallipoli, it is also a time to acknowledge our servicemen and women, for whom the echoes of war can continue long after the battlefield falls silent.

Kate Mulvaney is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and the granddaughter of a World War II Veteran. Her writings have been heavily influenced by war and its impact on the participants and their families. It is a history that has been woven into the very fabric of her being. Further information on this concert is available online.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

The work will be an act of remembrance. Through this process of remembering, it is hoped truth can emerge from the shadows. And from this truth, hope and light. Lest We Forget.

Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget

In conjunction with the performance a panel discussion is also being held at the State Library entitled 'The role of the arts in commemorating the Gallipoli Centenary'. It will feature the following members of the arts as panelists:

Karen Bryant, General Manager, Adelaide Festival
Vincent Ciccarello, Managing Director, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Douglas Gautier, CEO & Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre
Alan Smith, CEO, State Library of South Australia

Monday 20 April, 5.30pm [duration 1 hour]
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia
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Why? To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Gallipoli.
When: Wednesday, 22nd of April at 7pm.
Where: Adelaide Town Hall
Cost: Premium Adult $64.00 Concession $54.00 Child $30.00 A Adult $59.00 Concession $49.00 30 and under $35.00 Child $25.00 B Adult $49.00 Concession $44.00 Child $25.00 C Adult $44.00 Concession $39.00 Child $25.00
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