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Love, Kindness, Decency

Thursday 12 March, 2020
Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery, 6.30pm

Established and emerging Australian voices, with two world premieres and three works originally commissioned by the Hush Foundation

Rachel Bruerville Dancing on Tiptoes (2017)
Stuart Greenbaum The Rotation of the Earth (2017)
Natalie Nicolas We Won’t Let You Down (2017)
Cyrus Meurant When I stand before thee at the day’s end (2020) World premiere, Ars Musica Australis commission
Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE Third Sonata for Strings Jabiru Dreaming (2011), Movement Two
Ella Macens Superimposition (2015) World premiere
Paul Stanhope Nephesh for string nonet (2015)

Kirsten Williams Director
CSO Chamber Orchestra

Tickets $30 – $59

Pre-concert conversation with Cyrus Meurant and Ella Macens from 5.30pm in the Liangis Theatre, moderated by Genevieve Jacobs.

One-hour concert followed by an after hours viewing of the National Portrait Prizes

Woman holding viola

The first concert in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Australian Series presents the work of emerging and established Australian voices – from the world premiere of Ella Macens’ Superimposition to Paul Stanhope’s Nephesh and the second movement of Peter Sculthorpe’s Third Sonata for Strings (the composer’s own orchestration of his 11th string quartet Jabiru Dreaming).

Alongside these works, Love, Kindness, Decency will feature three pieces inspired by the incredible healing power of music: Rachel Bruerville’s Dancing on Tiptoes, Stuart Greenbaum’s The Rotation of the Earth and Natalie Nicolas’ We Won’t Let You Down. These works were all commissioned by The Hush Foundation, which creates calming music for children’s hospitals and other stressful environments.

At the heart of this concert is a new commission for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra from Cyrus Meurant, with Kirsten Williams as soloist.

Love, Kindness and Decency features the CSO Chamber Orchestra, directed by concertmaster Kirsten Williams.

The Australian Series is curated by Professor Matthew Hindson AM and presented by Singapore Airlines, in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

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Image: Martin Ollman