Workers Union (Metropolis New Music Festival)

Pianist and narrator Lisa Moore collaborates with virtuosi ANAM talent in a dramatic ensemble program featuring radical landmark works from 1970’s counter-culture.

Composed by two bold figures, American Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together and Dutch Louis Andriessen’s Worker’s Union are written for any group of instruments. They pack an incessant, rhythmic, driving punch, pushing limits and bucking established chamber music traditions.

Coming Together delivers a letter written by an Attica Correctional Facility inmate Sam Melville, who was murdered in prison riots. It speaks of a renewed revolutionary optimism: ‘I think the combination of age and a greater coming together is responsible for the passing of time’. Workers Union requires the musicians to play loud and together in unison rhythm, yet individually choosing any pitch, finally building and exploding into a roudy ‘national anthem’. Andriessen’s poem Langzame Verjardaag (slow birthday) in it’s Australian premiere, meets these giants in the middle – sweetly serenading throughout. Fasten your seatbelts and immerse yourself in these revolutionary classics.

L ANDRIESSEN Workers Union
L ANDRIESSEN Langzame Verjaardag (Australian premiere)
RZEWSKI Coming Together

Lisa Moore piano/director/narrator
ANAM Musicians

Duration: approx. 1 hour (no interval)


Presented in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre

Lisa Moore’s ANAM residency is generously supported by Mary and Arnold Bram

*Concession price is available only to people that have a valid carer card, pension card or full time student card and you may be asked to show proof of eligibility

Back to top