World Premiere – German Teddy by composer George Dreyfus

Dear MCL member,

The concert information that follows may of interest to some members.

March 2016

World Premiere – German Teddy by composer George Dreyfus
Sunday 17 April, 2016.

2pm Sunday 17 April, 2016

M.A.D.E – Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
102 Stawell Street South

About German Teddy:

Dreyfus has a long track record in film and television scores, including the successful series Rush which was an historical drama about the gold rush in the 1850s.

German Teddy is about German miner from Elberfeld, Prussia, who died at the Eureka Stockade. Since 1929 Elberfeld has been known as Wuppertal, Dreyfus’s birthplace.  The original manuscript of the folk song “German Teddy”, about Edward Thonen, is in the Alfred Hill collection of the State Library of New South Wales.

Dreyfus decided to compose a piece for a string orchestra, combining all these elements.  It concludes with the composer’s own theme for Rush.

Director, Jane Smith said “It is an honour to have this world premier of German Teddy at M.A.D.E as part of the program of events for our first block buster exhibition, 19th century BLING| Goldfields jewellery about the cultural and social impact of the luxury items made from the gold.”

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About the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

M.A.D.E is one of Australia’s newest museums and commemorates the role of the Eureka Stockade in shaping our nation.  It is located on the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade uprising in Ballarat. M.A.D.E explores both the evolution of democracy and how it has shaped cultures and countries around the world and also looks to its future. Using art installations and immersive, interactive content, M.A.D.E inspires people to contemplate what issues are important to them today.

M.A.D.E is the winner of the 2015 MAGNA Innovation Award.

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