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Music of the Birds of Oz

Church of Beethoven Oak Park is excited to present new classical music from Australia, as well as a Bach cello suite and music by Mendelssohn. Timothy Archbold, a talented Australian cellist, performs with his wife Karen Archbold, a mezzo-soprano as Duo Striata. They perform classical repertoire with a special emphasis on contemporary and indigenous Australian music. Last July the duo wowed the audience with the primordial sounds of the Australian Outback in Maninya 1 by Ross Edwards. At February’s performance, they will be showcasing a world premiere of Song Cycle for Cello and Corella by Australian composer Catherine Grealish. (The Corella is a pinkish white cockatoo). The piece is a musical journey voicing the birds of Oz. Also featured will be Songs of the Night Wind by Gwyneth Walker, as well as a Bach Cello Suite in G Major and music by Mendelssohn.

Suite in G Major for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach Song Cycle for Cello and Corella by Catherine Grealish with poetry by Andrew Lansdown (World Premiere!) Cello Prologue Winter Wrens Corellas Roosting Pelicans in Calm Water Heron Standing

Venetianisches Gondellied by Mendelssohn

Songs of the Night Wind by Gwyneth Walker To Be Sung on the Water Where is the Nightengale Night Song Song for a Lyre Never More will the Wind

Church of Beethoven asks a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The Church of Beethoven is "...a 'church' with no preaching, just uplifting music, poetry and two minutes of silence in an all-too-busy world." The goal of the Church of Beethoven is to build a sense of community around the arts, by removing the typically formal atmosphere of classical music, by breaking down the proverbial "fourth wall" between the audience and the performers. Featuring intimate Sunday morning performances by professional poets and musicians, it is located in the Arts District of Oak Park Illinois on Harrison Street.
The original Church of Beethoven was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Oak Park native and classical cellist Felix Wurman in an abandoned gas station on historic U. S. Route 66.

The Albuquerque “Church” grew out of its humble beginnings and moved into The Kosmos, a larger arts space. Felix Wurman died of cancer in 2009, but the Church of Beethoven lives on in Albuquerque and has sprouted new branches in Durham, North Carolina, Santa Monica, Calif., Tucson, Ariz. and here in Oak Park, Illinois. See our website: for more information.

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  • Robert C.

    Very sorry I missed this! Was a 1st-timer at last months service - the guitar and poetry were wonderful.

    February 25, 2014

  • Jean L.

    The Archbolds are truly amazing.

    February 16, 2014

  • Lori B.


    February 16, 2014

  • Lori B.

    Thank you Jean!

    February 6, 2014

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