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Hearing the Land

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

CSO Chamber Ensemble
Djinama Yilaga choir

Michael Sollis

Natalie Williams
Songs of Silent Earth

Eric Avery
Mists 1

Kirsten Milenko
Australian premiere

Deborah Cheetham AO
World premiere, National Museum of Australia commission

Adult $54–60
Concession $49–55
Under 30 $30
Student rush $15

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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

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Part of the CSO’s 2022 Australian Series

Classical music is a living, breathing art form, just as potent and expressive today as in centuries past. We invite you to hear and see differently, to engage with diverse voices and to wrestle with the complexity and beauty of modern existence – through music.

Also in this series:

Australian Series: Stargazers (7 April 2022)
Australian Series: Collective Memory (28 July 2022)

All CSO events are delivered in line with ACT Government COVID-safe requirements. Read more