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Hearing the Land **SOLD OUT**

Thursday 1 September, 2022
Atrium, National Museum of Australia, Acton, 6.30pm

CSO Chamber Ensemble
Doreen Cumming Violin
Sponsored by Prof Brian Anderson AC &
Dianne Anderson AM

Patrick Suthers Cello
Kiri Sollis Flute
Ben Hoadley Bassoon
Sponsored by Anonymous
Veronica Bailey Percussion
Edward Neeman Piano
The Piano Chair is supported by the Eldon and Anne Foote Trust, a charitable fund account of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Djinama Yilaga choir

Michael Sollis

Natalie Williams
Songs for Silent Earth

Eric Avery
Mists 1

Kirsten Milenko
Australian premiere

Deborah Cheetham AO
World premiere, National Museum of Australia commission

Woman walking down an outdoor path, overlaid with orange instrument shapes. There is a CSO and an NMA logo.

We live on an ancient continent, ever shaped by powerful and extreme forces, a place of great biodiversity and beauty. The vibrancy of Australian landscapes have inspired countless works; this program features Mirage by Michael Sollis, inspired by the desert, and Eric Avery’s Mists 1, a moving, personal perspective on place and healing.

The land speaks, if we will only listen; it resonates with a depth that transcends human language, drawing us into a richer understanding of our shared identity. Too often, we fail to hear; in Songs of Silent Earth, Natalie Williams challenges us to confront the consequences of a disharmonious relationship to the natural world.

In the wake of extreme weather events, the land is tenacious in its regenerative capacity, even (to an extent) in spite of the destruction wrought by human hubris. Kirsten Milenko reflects on these life cycles in Solace and poses a confronting question: do we perceive ourselves as guardians or owners of the natural world?

We close with an exciting new commission supported by the National Museum of Australia.

Cultural Partner: National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia logo



When to arrive
Doors to the venue will open at 6.10pm. Please show your tickets on entry for contactless checking. If you have not received your tickets due to postage delays, CSO ticketing staff will be able to tick your name off the list.

Box Office
The Box Office will be open from 6pm outside the venue for ticket collection. This concert is sold out – tickets will not be available at the door.

Free after hours parking is available onsite. Limited accessible parking is available near the main entrance.

Socially distanced seating
The CSO is trialling a socially distanced seating section for immunocompromised patrons. Masks will be mandatory in this area only (ACT Health strongly encourages the use of face masks in all public indoor settings). This section is fully booked.

The concert will run for approximately 1.25 hours without interval.

Concert programs
Program notes for this concert are included in edition seven of rest, the CSO magazine. Complimentary copies will be available on arrival with an insert providing information about the Djinama Yilaga choir and Deborah Cheetham’s Emergence (no program voucher required). Program notes are also available online at



The CSO is working closely with Aspen Medical to deliver concert experiences in line with ACT Government requirements.  

If you are unwell or should be in isolation or quarantine, do not attend CSO concerts.

ACT Health strongly encourages the use of face masks in public indoor settings and wherever it is difficult to maintain physical distancing. Masks are mandated in the socially distanced section for immunocompromised patrons. Audience members are not required to wear masks in other sections but are welcome to do so. Seating will not be physically distanced.

While you will be seated next to other patrons, please practise physical distancing as much as possible as you move around the venue.

Practise good hand hygiene, including washing hands frequently with soap and water and covering coughs / sneezes with a tissue or your elbow.

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