Let there be peace! The clarion call of Melbourne’s most famous son, John Monash, opens a new massed choral work. Composed by David Kram and written by Kevin O’Flaherty PEACE is the first musical work to tell the story of the great man’s life.
This much-anticipated premiere has seen an enthusiastic response with over 200 singers from community, schools and university choirs in Victoria participating in what promises to be a memorable concert for everyone who knows and understands the impact John Monash has had on this city.
Hamer Hall, 9th September, 2017 at 6.30pm.
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Following key themes of love of family and loyalty to country, PEACE travels through the early years of life in Jerilderie to his student days at Melbourne University, as an engineer and business man in the heart of Melbourne, and as a soldier and leader of WWI Australian troops in Gallipoli and France. There are poignant moments in the work where the tragedy of war and its effect on Australia are starkly juxtaposed with the innocence of children’s songs and larrikin student ditties of his days at university.
“I’ve long been a fan of John Monash and as a musician, it felt natural to use colours of sound, to illustrate significant events of his life. Kevin’s poem inspired me to compose PEACE as an opera, but gradually the writing took the form of a cantata; an en-masse piece for multiple soloists, choirs and orchestra, together representing the men, women and children from the places he lived in Melbourne and regional Victoria.” David Kram - Composer/Conductor
Four soloists, baritone Michel Laloum, soprano Lisa Anne Robinson, mezzo-soprano Kristin Leich, and bass Eddie Muliaumaseali’i. Kram brings to life key characters of Monash, Bertha (his mother), Mathilde his sister and a cast of others who appear in recitatives, ensembles and arias commenting on significant events of his life.
A chorus of over 200 singers from community, schools and university choirs in Victoria of all ages and a symphony orchestra, conducted by David Kram, completes the work offering a rich diversity of sound.