Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves) 

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A picture paints a thousand words, but a song tells a story...

Join mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley and pianist Michael Curtain for an evening of story-telling over the piano as they explore life and love through the songs of Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer William Bolcom.

Join mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley and pianist Michael Curtain for an evening of storytelling over the piano, inspired by the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, devised by Paul Kildea and Ian Dickson, written and directed by Constantine Costi, with movement direction by Shannon Burns. 

William Bolcom, who just celebrated his 85th birthday, occupies a unique place in the repertoire. Not quite art song, not quite cabaret, his settings of Arnold Weinstein’s deliciously dry lyrics continue a grand tradition stretching from Schubert to Sondheim of making words dance, fly and sing.

Hear some of their best-loved songs, from Amor to At the last lousy moments of love, woven into a poignant meditation on life, love and living in the moment.

"Dowsley is entrancing, seamlessly slipping from the next-door neighbour, to grieving wife, to coughing uncle... Ingenious"
"[Bolcom’s songs are] colourful, brash, dreamy, light, sassy, catchy, overwrought, ethereal, folksy, soothing and sometimes several of these things at once. "
— Classical Net

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Listen to the music before you witness Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves) live.

ANNA DOWSLEY mezzo-soprano
MICHAEL CURTAIN piano
CONSTANTINE COSTI writer and director
MATTHEW MARSHALL lighting design
HILARY BELL dramaturg
SHANNON BURNS movement director

Selections from William BOLCOM Cabaret Songs 
Lyrics by Arnold WEINSTEIN 
Concept by Ian Dickson and Paul Kildea 

With special thanks to Ensemble Patrons Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann for their support of this tour, with additional support from Ms Felicity Rourke and Justice François Kunc. Presented in association with Adelaide Festival.

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Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Newcastle   20 February 7:30pm
Brisbane, Powerhouse   22 February 7pm
Canberra, Playhouse   1 March 7pm
Sydney   4 March 7pm
Melbourne   5 March 7pm
Adelaide   7 March 7:30pm
Perth   10 March 6:30pm

Location

Multiple Venues

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