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Rowan Hamwood, flute Photo: Pia Johnson

Rowan Hamwood, flute
Photo: Pia Johnson

In 2013, ANAM has given three students the opportunity to curate their own concerts as part of our St Silas Sundays series, giving them the opportunity to program, produce and perform works of their own choosing. Rowan Hamwood (flute), has curated the first in a series which will feature the rarely heard work  Coming Together by Frederic Rzweski. The work can be performed on any number of instruments, however it is usually performed on 8 – 10 instruments and features a narrator.  The text of Coming Together is based on a letter that a prisoner wrote after a mutiny at the state prison in Attica New York.  Read more below:

In September 1971 inmates of the state prison at Attica in the state of New York, unable to endure further the intolerable conditions existing there, mutinied and succeeded in capturing a part of the institution, as well as a number of guards, whom they held as hostages. Foremost among their demands during the ensuing negotiations was the recognition of their right “to be treated as human beings.” After several days of inconclusive bargaining, Governor Rockefeller ordered state troopers in to retake the prison by force, justifying his action on the grounds that the lives of the hostages were in danger. In the slaughter that followed, forty-three persons lost their lives, including several of the hostages. One of these was Sam Melville, a political prisoner already known of his leadership in the Columbia riots and one of the leaders in the mutiny at Attica. According to some accounts, Sam was only slightly wounded in the assault. The exact cause of his death remains a mystery. The text for Coming Together is taken from a letter that Sam wrote from Attica in the spring of 1971:

“I think the combination of age and a greater coming together is responsible for the speed of the passing time. It’s six months now, and I can tell you truthfully, few periods in my life have passed so quickly. I am in excellenct physical and emotional health. There are doubtless subtle surprises ahead, but I feel secure and ready. As lovers will contrast their emotions in times of crisis so am I dealing with my environment. In the indifferent brutality, the incessant noise, the experimental chemistry of food, the ravings of lost hysterical men, I can act with clarity and meaning. I am deliberate, sometimes even calculating, seldom employing histrionics except as a test of the reactions of others. I read much, exercise, talk to guards and inmates, feeling for the inevitable direction of my live.”

—Program notes from the CD: Group 180Hungaroton Classic LTD, 1995

St Silas Sundays 1
Curated by Rowan Hamwood
Sun 22 April, 2:30PM

Gubaidulina Garden of Joy and Sorrow
Ives The Unanswered Question
Mozart Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat major
Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso
Rameau Pieces de Clavecin
Rzewski Coming Together

Cameron JamiesonNatalia Harvey, Emma Hunt and Beatrix Stewart violin
Alexina HawkinsGregory DanielKatie Yap and Anthony Chataway viola
Gemma Tomlinson and Jack Bailey cello
Rowan Hamwood and Kiran Phatak flute
Georgina Roberts oboe
Justin Beere clarinet
Josh Rogan trumpet
Jessica Fotinos harp (guest)
Hugh Tidy and Kaylie Melville percussion
Stewart Kelly and Jacob Abela piano
Samuel Sakker Narrator (guest)

ANAMates at concession prices

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