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The Power of One

Thursday 14 March, 2019
Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery, 6.30pm

Presented by Singapore Airlines

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Claire Edwardes Percussion

Matthew Hindson AM Curator

RHYAN CLAPHAM New CSO commission (2019)
MICHAEL SMETANIN Temple (2018)
BENJAMIN DRURY Stained Glass (2018)
CLAIRE EDWARDES Ether Lines (2018)
CLARE STRONG Moonlight (2017)
KATE MOORE Spel (Game) (2016)
CLAIRE EDWARDES/PAUL MAC Dual Attractor (2018)

The ‘sorceress of percussion’ Claire Edwardes is one of Australia’s most spectacular soloists and a passionate champion of new music.

In the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s first Australian Series concert at the National Portrait Gallery, Claire takes the stage alone to present a stunning array of recent solo works by Australian composers. From Michael Smetanin’s Temple for solo temple blocks to Canberra-based composer Benjamin Drury’s Stained Glass for vibraphone and electronics, The Power of One will showcase the remarkable breadth and depth of music written for percussion.

This exciting program includes works by award-winning Netherlands-based composer Kate Moore, rising star Clare Strong and a brand new CSO commission by young Indigenous composer Rhyan Clapham. as well as two works written by Edwardes herself. Hear Edwardes’ power unleashed in this not to be missed concert.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Following the extraordinary performance by Claire Edwardes, explore the power of a single photograph in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition.