ActewAGL Llewellyn One
Jessica Cottis Conductor
Diana Doherty Oboe
2019 Artist in Focus
FREE Pre-concert talk_6.45pm
BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus op.43 Overture
NIGEL WESTLAKE Spirit of the Wild (Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra)
ROSS EDWARDS Ecstatic Dance
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56 Scottish
Take a walk on the wild side with conductor Jessica Cottis, fresh from her debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, in a program that will transport you from the wilderness of Tasmania to the rugged landscapes of Scotland. Inspired by a visit to the pristine waterway of Bathurst Harbour on Tasmania’s South West Coast, Nigel Westlake (best known for his scores to the Babe films), wrote his incredible concerto Spirit of the Wild in 2017 for renowned oboist Diana Doherty, who joins the Canberra Symphony Orchestra this year as Artist in Focus.
Mendelssohn was inspired to write his third symphony while on a walking tour of Scotland and the work is infused with the stormy darkness of the Scottish landscape and the lively folk music of its people. They share a program with Beethoven’s overture to his only ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus, and Ross Edwards’ mysterious and rapturous Ecstatic Dances.
Diana Doherty is widely regarded as one of the most talented Australian instrumentalists working today. Notable successes include performing Ross Edwards’ Concerto for Oboe with the New York, Liverpool and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, appearances with Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Musica Viva, the Seymour Group, Four Winds Festival, Ensemble Kanazawa, Japan, Townsville Chamber Music Festival, and at many international festivals, including Prague Spring Festival, MusicaRiva festival, Italy, Bratislava Music Festival and the ‘Young Artist in Concert’ Festival in Davos, Switzerland. Read More
The ActewAGL Llewellyn Series is the largest of the CSO’s annual concert series. It takes inspiration from the late Ernest Llewellyn, a true pioneer of classical music in Canberra who always strived for musical excellence.
The series highlights the skill, talent and artistry of CSO musicians as they perform classic and contemporary symphonic masterworks from composers past and present, international and Australian. The series also showcases world-class soloists.