Music For Australia: A Concert Raising Funds for the Bushfire Crisis

Presented by Bowerbird Collective


Music For Australia: A Concert Raising Funds for the Bushfire Crisis
Where Song Began - Simone Slattery (Violin) and Anthony Albrecht (Cello)
San Francisco | February 8th, 7pm | Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, SF, CA
Orinda | February 9th, 6pm | Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA
All profits donated to support Australian wildlife in the bushfire crisis
Tickets: Adults $30, U18 $5, available at
Facebook links: San Francisco, Orinda

Join us in the Bay Area for two very special performances in aid of Australia's endangered wildlife. Devastating fires, unprecedented in scale, have brought many species to the brink of extinction. Where Song Began is an ode to Australia, in particular its incredible songbirds and the landscapes they inhabit.

50-minutes long, this work features live music on baroque instruments spanning 300 years (from Schmelzer to Arvo Pärt), visual projections of birds and their landscapes, as well as an immersive natural soundscape. It tells the story of the evolution of songbirds, and how they shaped the world.

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Where Song Began has been performed over 60 times across Australia, as well as in New York and London. It has been hailed in the press as “...a work of art; a transfixing soundscape that embraces cultures and ages, the composed and the improvised, the indigenous and the stylised and which highlights the utterly unique birdsongs of Australia.”

Arvo Pärt - Fratres for solo violin, 1977
Sarah Hopkins - Reclaiming the Spirit, 1993
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending, 1917
Chris Williams - bird, songs, seas, 2017
Ross Edwards - Ecstatic Dance No.2, 1990
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer - Cucu Sonata, 1664
J.S. Bach - Prelude from Cello Suite No.1, c.1720
David Lang - Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattle Bird), New Commission, 2017
Ngarra Burra Ferra - Traditional Indigenous hymn

City: San Francisco
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Program Items

Arvo Part Fratres for Solo Violin
Sarah Hopkins Reclaiming the Spirit
Ross Edwards Ecstatic Dance No.2
Schmelzer Cucu Sonata
Yorta Yorta Indigneous Hymn Ngarra Burra Ferra


Simone Slattery Violin, Vocals
Anthony Albrecht Cello

Noe Valley Ministry

Noe Valley Ministry

1021 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States