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Dancing on a Volcano, presented by Forest Collective

Forest Collective presents


Dancing on a Volcano


Date:        Friday December 16th 7:30pm (preview)

Saturday December 17th 7:30pm

Sunday December 18th 5pm

Price:        $38 Full price, $28 Concession, $15 U15’s


Venue:    Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent

PTV:       200 or 207 bus from the city, Lygon Street or Johnston Street, close to Victoria Park Train Station (South Morang or Hurstbridge line, approx. 15 mins from CBD)


“The whole town and all it’s inhabitants are quite drowned in carnival din, masks and confetti. And on top of that the news of the Reichstag fire. Dancing on a volcano”  

Alban Berg


Forest Collectives end of year concert features rarely heard works created during the time of the Nazi regime. This performance will include mainly German and Jewish composers who were either supported or banned during this time, including Richard Strauss’s rarely heard version of the Olympic Hymn for the 1936 Olympics.

Other notable composers include Carl Orff, Hans Eisler, Kurt Weill, Franz Schreker (5 lieder für tiefe stimme will be performed by Lotte Betts-Dean, joining us from the UK), Berthold Goldschmidt, Victor Ullman, Henri Dutilleux and Olivier Messiaen.

Messiaen’s clarinet solo from Quartet for the End of Time, which beautifully demonstrates that art prevails in times of political and social pressures as it was written while he was confined to a concentration camp will be performed alongside the elegant Dutilleux Oboe Sonata.

Lotte Betts-Dean - Mezzo Soprano solo

Kate Bright - Mezzo Soprano solo

Tabatha McFadyen - Soprano solo

Evan Lawson - Conductor

Jasper Ly - Oboe solo