Also announced this week is a collaboration between singer/songwriter Lior, Adelaide Guitar Festival artistic director Slava Grigoryan and his brother Leonard, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and composer Nigel Westlake. The Saturday 8 August concert, dubbed Leaving The Western Shadows, will be a reprisal of sorts of Lior and Westlake’s 2014 Festival Theatre performance. This time, audiences will see Westlake conduct a program that encompasses his soundtrack to the 1991 IMAX feature Antarctica alongside selections from Lior’s back catalogue.
These two new additions to the 2020 Adelaide Guitar Festival program join Brink Productions’ The Bridge of San Luis Rey, an adaptation of Thornton Wilde’s Pulitzer-winning novel led by the always-dynamic theatre mainstay Paul Capsis accompanied again by the ever-busy Grigoryan Brothers. Penned by Adelaide/Melbourne playwright Phillip Kavanaugh (Deluge, Tartuffe) with set design by Jonathan Oxlade, this Chris Drummond-directed three-hander looks set to be a fascinating blend of music and theatre.
The full Adelaide Guitar Festival program arrives in April.
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