Modest Mussorgsky is perhaps best known for his instrumental works Night on Bare Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition.

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However, Mussorgsky was also one of the nineteenth century’s most gifted writers of art song. This concert includes a number of individual songs and two of the composer’s song cycles—Sunless and Songs and Dances of Death. Mussorgsky himself saw his artistic mission to be one of sincere communication with people and this idea is at the heart of all his songs, which range from humour to despair, from the most subjective intimacy to almost theatrical grandiloquence.  In preparing this program Shaun and Simon’s interpretation is informed by access to Mussorgsky's own manuscripts, housed in the St Petersburg Public Library, which show subtle but often telling points of difference from published sources.

About 2021 Live from UQ

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In 2021 the Live from UQ series will seat a total of 60 live audience members and will be livestreamed through our YouTube and social media platforms. Audiences must register to attend concerts in-person. 

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