July 20, 2013. 2pm. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Kew.
Mozart – Piano Concerto No.21 in A, K. 414
Schubert – Symphony No.8 in Bm, D. 759 “Unfinished”
Piano – Tristan Lee
Conductor- Zach Tay
Today we celebrate and mark Tristan’s return home. He touched down a mere few hours before our rehearsal together on Tuesday, pushing through the tiredness of a day’s worth of travel. We are remarkably grateful to feature his work on stage today, so please offer Tristan a warm welcome back in what is forecasted to be a cold afternoon.
We chose the theme of “Return” today also for another reason, one very close to my heart and a journey I would love to share with you this afternoon.
Schubert’s music is one I have always held close to home and there’s no other way to perform it than to wear it proudly on your sleeve. Today’s concert is a chance I would like to take to finally say a warm goodbye to my brother who passed away earlier this year.
There is so very little we understand in the brief years that we live. How much can we in our very limited wisdom and frail human bodies understand love and loss, life and death. We sometimes seek and find no answers. We sometimes journey and find no end.
There are almost no words to describe the darkness of life unfinished, a promise unfulfilled of a brother and friend. In our life’s journey where we try to measure and accomplish what we deem a life well lived, sometimes we forget that some friends travel alone.
In this most beautiful, and profoundly apt unfinished piece of music, lay the most immense and sublime themes of coming and going, love, loss and goodbyes.
In a typical concert, our humble ensemble finds its place here in Melbourne as a project orchestra that pushes boundaries and performs beyond the dotted lines. Our mandate is that we always remain relevant, and find new ways to reach for the sublime.
Today the journey we take is different and one that takes us closer to the heart of the matter. Thank you for being with us, and I hope in our journey together this afternoon we find joy, healing and rest.