A Blue Mountains children’s book – Leonard the Lyrebird – will come to life as a musical performance in Katoomba in February 2019.
Held at Scenic World, Leonard the Lyrebird: A Musical Story is an original composition by acclaimed composer Ian Munro based on the children’s book, Leonard the Lyrebird.
Written by Jodie McLeod and illustrated by Eloise Short, both Blue Mountains locals, Leonard the Lyrebird is a popular Australian bush animal story about friendship and bravery that connects children and their families with the Blue Mountains. Published in September 2018 as a result of a crowdfunding campaign, the book will take to the stage on February 23-24 for the world first classical music performance featuring award winning concert pianist Grace Kim, Opera Australia Orchestra principal cellist Teije Hylkema and associate principal clarinet Philip Green.
Narrated by the composer himself, this original Australian classical work will enchant audiences of all ages with an imaginative blend of storytelling, instrumentation and illustration.
Leonard the Lyrebird author Jodie McLeod invites locals, art lovers and visitors alike to attend the performance, which will be “nothing short of magical”.
“With such a talented team of musicians behind this work, and hearing it performed in the very place where the story is set – you just can’t get a more captivating cultural experience than that,” she said.
Concert pianist and Mountain Concerts Artistic Director Grace Kim adds: “I am very proud and excited about this world premiere, which combines the creative forces of numerous Australian talents.
“Ian Munro’s composition is just stunning, working perfectly with the beautiful story and illustrations, and I can’t think of anywhere more appropriate to hold its premiere performance. I can’t wait to present and perform such an inspiring original work,” she said.
Leonard the Lyrebird: A Musical Story will feature a number of live performances, including the world premiere at EATS270 at Scenic World on Saturday, February 23 from 5-8pm, beginning with an exclusive talk with the composer.
The premiere will be followed by live intimate 30-minute performances held at Scenic World’s Rainforest Room among the Jamison Valley on Sunday, February 24 at 11am and 1pm. Tickets include unlimited access on the Scenic Railway, Walkway, Cableway and Skyway. Entry is free for kids under four years of age, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com.au.
** This article first appeared in the Blue Mountains Gazette on 11 January, 2019. Read the article here.