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Latin Flavour

Griffyn have prepared works that span the breadth of the Spanish speaking world – Spain, Catalan, Uruguay, Mexico, Chile, and have worked with Neftis Madrid who has prepared a gourmet dish from each region. So for the fire, energy, and romance of Spanish culture, the brilliance and flair of Canberra’s premier musicians, and the sumptuous taste of Latin America, don’t miss The Griffyn Ensemble’s first performance for 2010, Latin Flavour.

Miguel del Aguila – Conga-Line in Hell arr. Sollis
Silvestre Revueltas – Ranas (The Bullfrog) and El Tecolote (The Owl)
Carlos Surinach – Tientos
Joaquin Rodrigo – Liricas Castellanas
Arturo Marquez – Zarabandeo
Juan Orrego-Salas – Garden Songs
Miguel del Aguila – Herbsttag
Carlos Surinach – Hollywood Carnival

21 April 2010 @ Belconnen Arts Centre

Illicit Passions

From the Baroque to Rock n’ Roll, The Griffyn Ensemble return with inflamed desires and rapture. Performing music exploring the sordid side of love – music inspired by carnal lust, women of the night, and tortured romance, and featuring stories from Ancient Greece to a surreal future. Including ballet music by Debussy, dark inspiration from Beethoven, seductive songs by Bizet, Sondheim, and Sting, with words by Oscar Hammerstein and Bob Dylan.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Scherzo, Second Movement, Symphony No. 9
David Rose – The Stripper
Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin – The Saga of Jenny
Michael Sollis – Hit Me: Variations on a Theme
George Bizet/Oscar Hammerstein – Dat’s Love
The Police – Roxanne
Richard Strauss – Dance of the Seven Veils
Tori Amos – Me and a Gun
Claude Debussy – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Michael Sollis – Letter to a Greek Nymph
Antonin Dvorak – Song to the Moon
Anon – Hodge Told Sue
Astor Piazzolla – Milonga del Angel
Garrett Colley Wellesley – John Knox
Manuel de Falla – Songs from El Amor Brujo
Garrett Colley Wellesley – Sue and Prue
Astor Piazzolla – La Muerte del Angel
Stephen Sondheim – Send in the Clowns
John Corigliano/Bob Dylan – Forever Young

The Griffyn American Songbook

Which three iconic composers taught songwriting legend Burt Bacharach?

Which American classical composer had music conducted by Frank Sinatra?

What drove Scott Joplin to insanity?

Which one composer orchestrated music for Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin?

Canberra’s premier chamber group The Griffyn Ensemble answer these questions and more, in The Griffyn American Songbook. Through live performance, the Griffyn Ensemble will be dissecting the interface of American popular culture and the avant garde, with influences ranging from musical theatre, film music, cartoon music, popular song, and jazz.

Chapter 1: The Great American Opera – Scott Joplin. Music by Scott Jopin
Chapter 2: American Musical Theatre – Robert Russell Bennett. Music by George Gershwin, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Rodgers.
Chapter 3: American Chamber Jazz – Alec Wilder. Music by Alec Wilder.
Chapter 4: American Film Music – Alex North. Music by Silvestre Revueltas, Alex North.
Chapter 5: American Popular Music – Burt Bacharach. Music by Burt Bacharach, Henry Cowell.
Chapter 6: American Cartoon Music – Carl Stalling. Music by Raymond Scott, Michael Sollis, Carl Stalling.

6 November 2010 @ Belconnen Arts Centre

Chapter Two – The Three Futurists

Sat 23 Aug 7pm; Sun 24 August 2pm
Belconnen Arts Centre

Science – Do you believe? Can you have faith? The Griffyn Ensemble and choreographer Liz Lea will take you on an epic journey evoking mechanical progress, ancient prophecy, and an Orwellian future, to ask the question – who do you trust?

The Griffyn Ensemble’s annual National Science Week program features music by George Antheil, Jacob Tel Veldhuis, Ancient Greek poets, Radiohead, and Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein. What better way to celebrate National Science Week than to ask the fundamental question:

Do you believe?

(For tickets and memberships, click here)

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118 Emu Bank
Belconnen ACT 2615

On street parking, and at the adjacent Westfields.

Supported by ACT Government