July 15, 2019
Pinkall and Arrington to perform concert at Sydney Opera House
Bryan Pinkall, assistant professor of music, and Amanda Arrington, faculty collaborative pianist, will perform "Voices from the Western Front" at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
Featuring live art song performance, video imagery and other immersive multimedia, the production celebrates four artists who died during World War I with art songs by Englishman George Butterworth and the rare music of Frenchman Alberic Magnard. The concert will also feature the world premiere performance of "Flanders Triptych," a song cycle by former U.S. Army captain and K-State graduate Patrick Dittamo set to poems by Canadian John McCrae, and the world premiere performance of rediscovered music by slain Australian soldier, composer and 1908 rowing Olympic Gold-medalist Frederick Septimus Kelly, who perished in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
"Voices from the Western Front" is part of a series of concerts developed by Pinkall, an Emmy and Grammy-winning musician, to celebrate artists who perished during the first and second World Wars, previously premiering new and rediscovered works at venues across the U.S. including the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, and Kansas State University.