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Venue: Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Date: Sun 29 Sep 2024 8:00pm
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Presented by: David Roy Williams

Performed by the George Ellis Orchestra, hear two powerful seminal works the Low and “Heroes” Symphonies inspired by David Bowie’s iconic albums.

In 1977, David Bowie abandoned the indulgences of his Thin White Duke LA existence and relocated to Berlin, where – with electronic and ambient music architect Brian Eno as producer, and in the shadow of the wall which divided the city – they created two of the most distinctive albums in rock history.

Low and “Heroes” employed Eno’s bleak audio landscapes and Bowie's evocative lyrics and sense of melody to create brooding compositions and world building sonic collages.

Twenty years later influential composer and leading light in music with repetitive structures, Philip Glass, was inspired by Bowie and Eno’s stark soundscapes to create two seminal classical works - the Low and “Heroes” Symphonies.

In his symphonies, Glass finds additional layers to the works which inspired him and brings a sense of drama, emotional impact and warmth to the chill of the original works.

Experience a wonderfully intense symphonic journey, which takes the musical essence of Bowie and Eno’s creations and re-expresses them through Glass’s unmistakeable and hypnotic brand of alchemy, setting the ghosts of the original works in poetic, shining relief, through the filter of another, equally iconoclastic and unique genius.

Philip Glass will not appear at this performance.

Sun 29 Sep 2024
Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC