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Song of the Stars


Enrique Granados’ long-lost masterpieces Cant de les Estrelles [Song of the stars] and Escena Religiosa [Religious Scene] will be given their Australian Premieres in the magnificent Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on the 24th March 2015 at 7pm.

Sydney, NSW, Australia, Tuesday 17, 2015 -. Spanish-born concert pianist Carolina Estrada presents Song of the Stars, a historical event featuring the Australian Premiere of two masterworks by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados: Cant de les Estrelles and Escena Religiosa. Cant de les Estrelles [Song of the Stars], comparable to a virtuoso piano concerto with choir and organ instead of orchestra, was lost for almost one hundred years and recently found by the eminent American musicologist Walter Aaron Clark, director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California. The Australian Premiere of Cant de les Estrelles will be performed by pianist Carolina Estrada, organist Jim Abraham, the Manly-Warringah Choir, Coro Austral and the Conservatorium High School Junior Vocal Stream under the direction of Dr. Carlos Alvarado and the collaboration of Margot McLaughlin and Elisabeth Vierboom. The work Escena religiosa originally composed for violin, organ and piano is a conversation between an angel and the soul. This work was especially written to be performed during a funeral, and on this occasion, on the anniversary of the own composer’s death, the angel will be performed by the 12 years-old violinist Ariana Ricci, grand-daughter of the great violinist Ruggiero Ricci.  

Carolina Estrada is a visiting Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and Teaching Assistant for the Open Academy program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. This homage to one of most internationally recognized Spanish composers is also part of another celebration, the Centenary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

The promotional media package for the Song of the stars event can be found via the link below. The document contains a detailed description of the project and an outline of the works that will be performed. It also includes artists’ bios, photos, the poster and programme for the concert as well as links to our website and bookings.

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