Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, 7.30pm
Jessica Cottis Conductor
Sine Winther Piano
Canberra Symphony Orchestra
KINDS OF BLUE
World premiere, new CSO commission
Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, op. 20
Scheherazade, op. 35
$53–96 Concession (means-tested pensions)
$35 Under 35
$17 Student rush
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Ubiquitous and ever-present, blue encompasses the skies above and the oceans below. This program takes inspiration from Derek Jarman’s film Blue and highlights personal responses to this universal, all-permeating colour.
We open with a new work from Miriama Young, a New Zealand-born, Australian-based composer and sound artist. Bathed in blue, Young’s commission will explore and reflect colour through sonority.
In Scriabin’s colour system, blue was the key of F-sharp. While it’s doubtful he experienced neurological synesthesia – the simultaneous perception of sound and colour – Scriabin was a flamboyant and eccentric character, captivated by colour and steeped in a broader cultural fascination with its effects. His blue piano concerto is an utterly beautiful, tuneful, soul-cleansing balm of a piece.
The unmatched master of orchestration, Rimsky-Korsakov’s instrumental colours are as the brush strokes of an artist. One of the greatest hits of classical music, his Scheherazade is inspired by scenes from One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales. A genuine synesthete, Rimsky-Korsakov experienced E major as a dark blue, which infuses the many sea-inspired tableaus and reflects his lifelong fascination with the ocean.