|Date/Time: Fri 8 Sep 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
|Organiser: The Richard Wagner Society (Victoria)
Contact Name: Gavin Cornish - Head of Performing Arts at Mentone Grammar
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Mentone Grammar Creativity Centre
Corner of Como Parade West & Lucerne Street, Mentone, VIC, 3194
Presentation by Emeritus Professor Heath Lees.
This presentation by Heath Lees will throw new light on Richard Wagner’s four opera Ring and Peter Jackson’s blockbuster film trilogy of Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings.
Heath will delve into the teeming comparisons that exist between the two works — comparisons that take on special interest when you realise that Peter Jackson’s composer, Howard Shore, embeds bits of Richard Wagner in his soundtracks, and also takes over Wagner’s so-called leitmotif technique. What is this, and how does it work?
In this fascinating comparative journey, Heath Lees will talk you through the long and feisty controversy over just how much Tolkien owed to Wagner, and how far-reaching was Wagner’s original lordship over Tolkien, Shore and Jackson. Be prepared for a lively abundance of video clips and music excerpts. With the piano as his laboratory, he strips down and re-assembles all the component parts of this rarely explored topic, bringing the threads to life.
Emeritus Professor Heath Lees was Professor of Music at Auckland University and has presented many arts programmes on television, including the music series Opus, and the weekly arts show Kaleidoscope.
For Radio New Zealand’s Concert FM network, he has chalked up more than 400 individual programmes. Over nearly a decade he wrote feature articles and music reviews for The New Zealand Herald, and in 1994, founded the Wagner Society of New Zealand.
Heath has lectured on music in general and Wagner in particular, in France, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand. A devotee of French culture, he published a book on Wagner’s musical influence on the poet Mallarmé (Ashgate UK, 2007).
In 2013 he wrote and presented a four DVD set, Wagners Ring: A Tale Told in Music and one DVD, Music To Your Ears on how we listen to music. Find out more about him on www.heathlees.com.
Heath’s presentation is proudly supported by The Richard Wagner Society (Victoria) and Mentone Grammar School.