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Sharing the Sky

Thursday 8 April, 2021
Atrium, National Museum of Australia, 6.30pm

Online sales have closed for this concert.
To book, call CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772 before 3pm or puchase tickets at the door from 6pm (card only).

Jessica Cottis Conductor
Deborah Cheetham AO Soprano
CSO Chamber Players

Brenda GIFFORD Miriwa (Sky)
Peggy POLIAS The Moon
Matthew HINDSON AM Rush
Deborah CHEETHAM AO Song for Dulka Warngiid
Moya HENDERSON AM Ruth Bader Ginsburg
World premiere, CSO commission

Adult – $60
Concession – $55
Under 30 – $30

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The first concert in the 2021 Australian Series opens with Brenda Gifford’s Miriwa (Sky), a contemplation of the vast canopy spoken in the ancient beauty of the Yuin language.

This is followed by The Moon by Peggy Polias, which charts an enigmatic course across the night sky, from new moon to waning crescent.

The program also features Deborah Cheetham’s Song for Dulka Warngiid, the fourth work in the composer’s Woven Song series. Inspired by the painting and tapestry of the same name and sung in the language of the Kayaldild people, the work transports us to the tiny Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

This concert culminates in a world premiere from Moya Henderson.

Image: Kristina Kingston


We are working closely with all our concert venues to deliver COVID-safe concert experiences for musicians, staff and patrons. All concerts will be delivered in line with ACT Government restrictions, including requirements related to audience capacity, contact tracing and cleaning protocols. More information about safety measures and COVID-19 ticket exchange policy

Regular seating configurations will be in place – you may be seated next to other patrons, but please move through the venue with social distancing considerations in mind.

The ACT Government requires all patrons to check in at the National Museum of Australia using the Check in CBR app. To minimise delays, please download and open the app in advance. Patrons who do not have a smart phone will be checked in by venue staff.

We encourage all our patrons to stay informed and follow ACT Health guidance.


When to arrive
The Box Office and bar will be open from 6pm outside the venue. Doors to the venue will open at 6.15pm – drinks may be taken into the venue. Please show your tickets on entry to the venue for contactless checking.

Box Office
The Box Office will open at 6pm outside the venue for ticket sales and collection. If possible, please book tickets in advance via the online links below, or over the phone with CSO Direct (02 6262 6772, weekdays 10am – 3pm). Ticket sales at the door will be card only (no cash).

Free cloaking is available at the Information Desk.

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

Concert programs
Program notes and artist profiles for this concert are included in the March / April edition of rest – the new CSO magazine. The magazine will be available for purchase ($10 – card only); subscribers may redeem program vouchers at the Box Office to receive complimentary copies. Patrons who collected a copy of this edition at Courtenay Cleary in Recital (28 Mar) or Llewellyn One: Seven Deadly Sins (31 Mar / 1 Apr) are encouraged to bring it along to conserve resources.

Refreshments will be available for purchase before the concert (card only). Patrons may take drinks into the concert.

This concert will run for approximately one hour without interval.