A Life in Words & Music
Presented by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in association with The Entertanners and Bombora
One of Australia’s finest songwriters, John Schumann, together with The Vagabond Crew and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, will pay tribute to one of the most important figures on the Australian literary landscape, Henry Lawson.
Narrated by acclaimed Australian actor Richard Roxburgh and under the baton of Luke Dollman, the evening’s musical program will feature songs drawn from the poetic works of Henry Lawson, interspersed with reflections and stories from the life of one of Australia’s most revered writers.
Laconic, passionately egalitarian and suffused with a deep humanity, much of Lawson’s verse was marked by pathos, humour and a moral eloquence. His fearless Australian sense of justice and fair play gave birth to poems like Faces in the Street and Second Class Wait Here. These songs of social protest work just as hard today as they did when they were written. But, alongside, his righteous anger, Lawson was also capable of warmth, empathy and a gentle affection.
In 2005 John Schumann released Lawson, a highly acclaimed album of songs which has gone on to become an Australian classic and is regarded as the best musical interpretation of Lawson’s poems. This one night only concert will layer and enhance John’s original songs with the might, power and unparalleled splendour of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Join us on the Centenary of Henry Lawson’s death, Friday 2 September, to celebrate the life and poetry of an Australian legend.