Ciao, Opera Mavens. This may not be opera, but it’s a cause near & dear to our hearts and promises to be an amazing & memorable night of music!


Please join us for two very special performances in aid of Australia’s endangered wildlife. Devastating fires, unprecedented in scale, have brought many species to the brink of extinction. This program is an ode to Australia, in particular its incredible songbirds and the landscapes they inhabit.

50-minutes long, the work features live music spanning 300 years performed by violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht on baroque instruments, visual projections of birds and their landscapes, as well as an immersive natural soundscape. It tells the story of the evolution of songbirds, and how they shaped the world.

Where Song Began has been performed over 60 times across Australia, as well as in New York and London. It has been hailed in the press as “…a work of art; a transfixing soundscape that embraces cultures and ages, the composed and the improvised, the indigenous and the stylised, and which highlights the utterly unique birdsongs of Australia.”

Fratres for solo violin (Arvo Pärt, 1977)
Reclaiming the Spirit (Sarah Hopkins, 1993)
The Lark Ascending (Vaughan Williams, 1917)
bird, songs, seas (Chris Williams, 2017)
Ecstatic Dance No.2 (Ross Edwards, 1990)
Cucu Sonata (Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, 1664)
Prelude from Cello Suite No.1 (J.S. Bach, c.1720)
Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattle Bird) (David Lang, new commission 2017)
Ngarra Burra Ferra (Traditional Indigenous Hymn)

Tickets: Adults $30, Under 18 $5, available at
All profits donated to support Australian wildlife in the bushfire crisis

Sat Feb 8 at 7pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco
Sun Feb 9 at 6pm, Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda