John McCaughey: Musical Director

Film and Other Images

NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION!

Please note that the concert 'The Great Circle - Graham Hair at 75', originally scheduled for 16th September, has been postponed to 2019.

Media and métier of contrasting kinds form a pair of events with new creations in OCTOBER and DECEMBER. The performance landscapes bring different traditions into play: – interactive cross-disciplinary performances between music, film and theatre in October; solo virtuosity and chamber music in December, set in an environment of new choral composition.

Perceptions in sight and sound on October 27 take off from a new commissioned work, Salt by film-maker Hanna Chetwin and composer Rohan Drape, for multiple 16mm film with live performers, electronics and choir. Further film+music adventures from Hanna Chetwin & James Rushford (3 films at play), join earlier work by John Hughes & Martin Friedel, whose bio- filmic meditation on Walter Benjamin is supported by live choruses on the philosopher’s street-texts. The program opens into other imagistic worlds – the choral theatre of Kagel and the Expressionism of Haydn, Schoenberg, Elgar and Webern.

Saturday 27 October, 8:00 pm

75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy

For tickets call Astra on (03) 9326 5424, or

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September concert postponed

September concert postponed

Due to circumstances beyond Astra's control, the 16 Sept concert "The Great Circle: Graham Hair at 75" has been postponed to 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience. Subscribers can use their tickets for future concerts or contact the office for a refund

'We, Like Salangan Swallows…'

'We, Like Salangan Swallows…'

'We, Like Salangan Swallows…' A choral gallery of Morton Feldman and contemporaries by The Astra Choir and ensemble, directed by John McCaughey has been released by New World Records in USA. Purchase CD or Digital download

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Music always interacts with the architecture in which it is heard ...

Sound in Space documents with images and recordings how musical and architectural designs have formed an interactive partnership over three decades of Astra events.