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Message from the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

Welcome to 2019

“I am thrilled and delighted to welcome you to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 season.

Our dazzling concerts have been created to invigorate your senses, elevate your spirits and open your imaginations to a transcendent world of impeccable beauty.

The four stellar concert programs of the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series escort you on an intriguing and beguiling odyssey. You’ll be swept away by the momentous drama of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony and Ravel’s sumptuous orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and exhilarated by the craggy sonorous landscape of Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

Formidable Australian soloists join the orchestra for memorable collaborations, including the remarkable pianist Andrea Lam. The illustrious Slava Grigoryan joins with his brother, Leonard, for a unique interpretation of Rodrigo’s concerto for two guitars, and we welcome not one but two cellists to our stage. David Pereira performs a new work by Ken and Kirsten Lampl, and the unforgettable Umberto Clerici will interpret the Elgar Concerto, in what will surely be a highlight of the season.

The CSO’s 2019 Artist in Focus is an Australian musical legend—the captivating and inimitable Diana Doherty, Principal Oboe of the Sydney Symphony. Diana is recognised as one of Australia’s most brilliant and compelling artistic personalities, a performer whose artistic genius ignites every stage upon which she performs.

In addition to performing in the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, she will direct the orchestra in a remarkable Canberra Weekly Classic Afternoon program. This unique and historic concert, in which Diana will perform works for oboe and orchestra by Bach, Mozart and Vaughan Williams, will be an event of national significance on the Australian musical calendar.

Our Australian Series has been a revelation. I am humbled and honoured that Prof Matthew Hindson AM continues to curate such an important aspect of our vision and to kindle and protect the flame of the CSO’s own distinct and blooming Australian musical tradition.

The popular Shell Prom in the picturesque gardens of Government House continues a remarkable community tradition—this unique evening is always a superb musical congregation.

I invite you to join us in 2019 on an epic journey of exceptional musical experiences in which we may share a fierce yearning for the profound joy and exquisite beauty of music that enriches our community.”

Dr Nicholas Milton AM
Artistic Patronage ActewAGL

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