May 21, 2022

Redland Performing Arts Centre


Stroll through a forest of musicians in this immersive, live music event.

Enjoy a euphoric musical experience as the sun sets surrounded by awe-inspiring light installations.

Song to the Earth is performed by acclaimed Australian string ensemble DeepBlue, Australian percussion icon Michael Askill and his gong orchestra, Greta Kelly on Persian violin, and over 30 talented young local performers.

Come on a magical journey over three acts, both indoors and outdoors with an original score inspired by patterns in nature by classical composer Dr Corrina Bonshek.

Act I – Flocking/Spiralling – Walk amongst the string players as they perform a moving chorale reminiscent of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

Act II – Follow the Songbirds – Follow the string players as they move to the beat of the rainforest.

Act III – Ocean of Gongs – Experience the powerful waves of sound from the gong orchestra with solo Persian violin or shah kaman.

Experience the music up-close right next to the players in this intimate performance.

Instrumental Music Workshops

On 1 and 15 May violin, viola and cello students are invited to participate in free workshops to develop music expression and other unique DeepBlue performance techniques. Then on 21 and 22 May participants will perform alongside DeepBlue during the shows.
On 20 May percussion students are invited to participate in a free gong workshop led by percussion master, Dr Michael Askill and then also perform in Song to the Earth on 21 and 22 May.

Art + Light Making Workshop

On Saturday 21 May come and create your own miniature illuminated and wearable art and parade it during the evening performances of Song to the Earth. Suitable for children 6-15yrs of age. Parental assistance is required for younger children. 2pm – 3pm in the Auditorium.

These performances of Song to the Earth are supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative.

Song to the Earth was originally co-commissioned by City of Gold Coast, Bleach*Festival and the Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Office of the Commonwealth Games and other funding sources. It was produced by Bleach*Festival.

Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators is supported by the City of Gold Coast.

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