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Karen Jacobsen Releases Misogyny Opus

Perfectly timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, the powerful orchestral masterpiece composed by local musician, Karen Jacobsen, was released on Wednesday to great acclaim.

The Misogyny Opus full album aims to address issues of equality by using the famous misogyny speech given by Prime Minister Julia Gillard ten years ago.

Jacobsen has taken these words and transformed them into an engaging and enchanting song, the music video featuring many well-known faces who have since come out in support.

“10 years have passed since the iconic speech by the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and as predicted by those attending parliament that day, history was made,” said Karen.

“Julia Gillard’s justifiable anger at the shocking misogyny she had experienced during her leadership, exploded into a speech which has survived the test of time.”

With the world premiere taking place at the MECC in Mackay in April, it is also anticipated that the musical rendition will create positive impacts for generations to come.

This ground-breaking work, which is part of Australian history and Australian women’s history, will be performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra which is a huge coup for our region.

“Let’s get behind this momentous occasion, and share the message of the importance of equality, while experiencing an exceptional original musical work in concert,” said Karen.

There will be buses available to transport Whitsunday audiences down to Mackay for the premiere and all locals are invited to this share this opportunity to support a fair and equal world.

WHAT: World Premier of The Misogyny Opus

WHO: Composer Karen Jacobsen with The Queensland Orchestra

WHEN: 28-29 April

WHERE: The MECC, Mackay


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