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Anthony Albrecht and Simone Slattery

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Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this performance explores the Australian origins of songbirds, ‘the birds that can sing’. Such is their evolutionary significance, ‘one may ask whether human music would have reached the heights it has, had the first songbird not sung in an Australian rainforest.’

This work encourages the audience to contemplate the origin of birdsong and the importance of Australia's rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, enhanced by a film of evocative landscape stills, moving images and bird call field recordings sourced from the Cornell Ornithology Lab.

Simone Slattery was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of South Australia and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program and is now based in London.

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Saturday, March 24 at 11:30 am
Followed by a festive reception
Private Residence
Wilton, CT

Suggested Donation: $30 minimum
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Sunday, March 25 at 12:30 pm
Metropolis Ensemble
1 Rivington Street, Manhattan

Tuesday, March 27 at 9 pm
following a set by David Rothenburg (Author of 'Why Birds Sing')
70 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.