John McCaughey: Musical Director

Andrew Byrne: Mary Gilmore in Paraguay (2020)

In the environment of May Day 2020, singers and players gather in the refurbished space of the historic Trades Hall building, to present musical works of ferment and renewal.

Andrew Byrne's new multiple creation for solo voices, choir and instruments traces an important Australian historical and political event of the late 19th-century – The "Othersiders" colony in Paraguay and its relation to the writer Mary Gilmore.

With political and street choruses for May Day by Eisler/Brecht, and a new multi-choir setting of Charles Dickens' famous words on the French Revolution by Kym Dillon.

Two performances: Sunday 3 May at 5 pm, Monday 4 May at 8 pm

Sunday 3 May, 5:00 pm

Trades Hall, Carlton, VIC

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Astra acknowledges...

Astra acknowledges...

... the support of Creative Victoria, The Robert Salzer Foundation, The Ian Potter Foundation, The William Angliss Charitable Fund, City of Melbourne Meat Market Studio Program, Diana Gibson and other generous individuals who believe in the work of Astra.

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Music always interacts with the architecture in which it is heard ...

Sound in Space documents with images and recordings how musical and architectural designs have formed an interactive partnership over three decades of Astra events.