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Sunday 17 September 2017, 2.00pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Shostakovich 13 - Babi Yar

Experience the delights of the Elena Kats-Chernin Flute Concerto and Shostakovich’s darkly evocative Symphony No.13, Babi Yar.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko's famous poem, Babi Yar, exposed the massacres by the Nazis of over 110,000 people at Babi Yar, near Kiev, during WWII. It denounced anti-Semitism and protested against the then Soviet Government's refusal to build a memorial. Dmitri Shostakovich set this poem to music in his 13th Symphony, Babi Yar, which will be performed by bass-baritone Adrian Tamburini accompanied by a large orchestra and a large male chorus. It will be the centrepiece of this concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of these horrendous events at Babi Yar.l

The strongly emotive yet delightfully melodic Elena Kats-Chernin Flute Concerto, Night and Now, references Elena's early years in Soviet-era Russia. It was composed for leading Australian flautist Sally Walker, and premiered in Victoria by Zelman Symphony to great acclaim in 2015. Zelman Symphony is proud to be able to bring this beautiful work to the Hamer Hall stage.

Mark Shiell - conductor
Adrian Tamburini - bass-baritone
Sally Walker - flute
Wilma Smith - guest concertmaster
Nicholas Cowall - chorusmaster

Concert Review

Read our concert review at Reviews - 17 September 2017 - Babi Yar Commemorative Concert


Harry Sdraulig - Crossway for Orchestra - World Premiere
Elena Kats-Chernin - Flute Concerto Night and Now
Elena Kats-Chernin - Eliza's Aria from the ballet Wild Swans - flute and piano arrangement
Commemoration and Reading of the Babi Yar poem
Ravel - Kaddish from Deux Mélodies Hébraïques
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 13 Babi Yar

CD and DVD Recordings

CD and DVD recordings of this concert are available for purchase at the Hofland Music CD Store.

Media Articles

The Sunday Age, 10 Sept 2017: Singing a monument: Survivor Yelena honoured on anniversary of Babi Yar - Katherine Wilson

The Spirit of Things, 10 Sept 2017: Babi Yar: a survivor, a poem, a symphony - Dr Rachael Kohn

Limelight Magazine, Sept, 2017: Bass-baritone Adrian Tamburini on why Babi Yar still matters

Limelight Magazine, Sept, 2017: Flautist Sally Walker on the importance of hope through music

Resonate Magazine, 28 Aug 2017: 'Crossway' for the Zelman Symphony - Harry Sdraulig

The Conversation, 14 Sept 2017: Decoding the music masterpieces: Shostakovich’s Babi Yar - Daniel Elphick

The Tablet, 16 Sept 2017: Remembering Babi Yar - Alex Ryvchin


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