Among the Birds and the Trees

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Among the Birds and the Trees

Sometimes a concert can be like a walk through a beautiful garden, with gorgeous blooms, intriguingly patterned ferns, and now and then a dramatic grass tree shooting skywards. The rather unusual line-up of instruments for this program offers just such an experience for the listener: a world of glowing sounds, with something entrancing around every corner of a gently twisting path.

Creating this world are three of classical music’s acknowledged leaders. Adam Walker was appointed Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra at 21; Anneleen Lenaerts became Solo Harp of the Vienna Philharmonic at 23; Timothy Ridout, youngest of the three, is that rare creature: a solo violist.

This particularly mellow combination of instruments was the brainchild of Debussy, featuring in one of his very last pieces, the cornerstone of this concert. Planted around it are the meditative beauty of Takemitsu, the intensity of Soviet-era Gubaidulina, the joyous vigour of George Benjamin, and a choice selection of other musical blooms.

— Limelight
"Lenaerts' harp playing was a revelation"
— Glam Adelaide

A night Amongst the Birds and the Trees

Preview your night out with Musica Viva Australia at Among the Birds and the Trees in this short trailer.


George BENJAMIN Flight
DEBUSSY Jardins sous la pluie
TELEMANN Fantasia in E-Flat Major, No. 7
GUBAIDULINA Garden of Joy and Sorrow
MESSIAEN Le Merle noir
TAKEMITSU And then I knew ‘twas Wind
DEBUSSY Clair de lune
DEBUSSY Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

View or download the program guide below.



Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Adelaide   26 April 7:30pm
Melbourne   29 April 7pm
Sydney   1 May 7pm
Brisbane   3 May 7pm
Newcastle   4 May 7:30pm
Sydney   7 May 2pm
Melbourne   9 May 7pm
Canberra   11 May 7pm
Perth   14 May 6:30pm


Multiple Venues

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Event notes

Concert Duration

This concert will run for approximately 105 mins, including a 20 min interval.

Venue Information

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