Life and Death

7 May 2024

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10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Performed by Anna Dumbiotis (Soprano) and Jennice Li-Ting Huang (Piano)
In this captivating recital, they guide us through a poignant exploration of life and death, drawing from a diverse selection of composers spanning from the Baroque era to the Romantic period.


Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) - "Dardanus" Dardanus, an opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau, sets the stage for our journey with its stirring melodies and dramatic narrative, reflecting the struggles and triumphs of life's journey.

John Eccles (1668-1735) - "Oh! take him gently from the pile" With John Eccles' poignant aria, we confront the sorrow of loss and the tender emotions that accompany the departure of a loved one.

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) - "L'Invitation au Voyage" The poetry of Charles Baudelaire comes to life in this musical interpretation, inviting us to escape to a world of dreams and desires, where life and death intertwine in the realm of imagination.

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) - "Ave Maria" Verdi's sublime "Ave Maria" transports us to a sacred realm, where faith and hope illuminate the darkness of mortality with divine grace and solace.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) - "Liebestreu" Brahms' songs offer profound reflections on love and longing, reminding us of the enduring power of human connection amidst the passage of time.

  • "Auf dem Kirchhofe" (In the Churchyard)
  • "Der Tod, das ist die kuehle Nacht" (Death, It Is the Cool Night)

Roger Quilter (1877-1953) - "Come away, Death" Quilter's haunting setting of Shakespeare's "Come away, Death" evokes the melancholy beauty of mortality, where love and loss intertwine in the eternal dance of existence.

Karen Bogan - "If I....." In this contemporary composition by Karen Bogan, we confront the existential questions that arise in the face of mortality, pondering the mysteries of life and the inevitability of death.

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