Silent Film: Earth (Zemlya)
Stefan Cassomenos at St Ambrose Hall
Friday 9th June, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm
Film by Alexander Dovzhenko
Music by Stefan Cassomenos, piano
Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos performs a new live soundtrack to Alexander Dovzhenko’s 1930 silent film Earth, hailed as one of the greatest films of all time. Amid a backdrop of heightened political tension surrounding the process of collectivisation and the ushering in of a new social era, Dovzhenko’s impressionistic response lyrically and poetically depicts the lives of Ukrainian farmers. The film uses the seasonal tilling of the fertile soil as a metaphor for the cycles of life, death and rebirth.
All tickets $20
This event supported by Steinway and Sons & Exclusive Piano Group
Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos is one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians. As the recipient of multiple prizes including the Second Grand Prize in the prestigious International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2013, he is in demand as a recitalist in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Recent engagements have included solo recitals in Zurich (Tonhalle), Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Bonn, Weimar, Ludwigshafen, Kirchheimbolanden, Malta, London, and throughout the UK. He has performed concertos with the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Stefan’s compositions are regularly commissioned and performed throughout Australia. He is a founding member of acclaimed ensemble PLEXUS, which since launching in 2014 has commissioned over 100 composers and premiered over 70 new works. Stefan is generously supported by Kawai Australia and the Youth Music Foundation of Australia.