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The CSO Australian Series

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CSO Australian Series artwork by Tommy Balogh

For the first time in 2017, two of the capital’s favourite institutions will come together to create something new, as the music of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the imagery of the National Portrait Gallery join forces to create the inaugural CSO Australian Series.

This innovative series includes three concerts of cutting-edge Australian composition, which is curated and compered by the brilliant Australian composer and Head of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Prof. Matthew Hindson AM.

The CSO’s Australian Series will be held at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to coincide with three special exhibitions: The Popular Pet Show, the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize, and Portraits from the 1820s by John Dempsey.  Hindson will lead some of Australia’s most exciting instrumentalists to create a musical landscape that will enhance the emotional, physical and abstract themes of the images on display.

Following the CSO Australian Series concert, a private tour of the NPG’s featured exhibition will take place.  Admission is by pre-purchased ticket only and includes entrance to the paired exhibition.

 

You can purchase a gift voucher to the CSO Australian Series here, or tickets for yourself from our events page here.  

 

Dr Jane Goodall with dingo, 2015 by Darren McDonald Private collection, Melbourne and courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries

Dr Jane Goodall with dingo, 2015 by Darren McDonald
Private collection, Melbourne and courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries. Image via National Portrait Gallery.

Companion Pieces 

Thursday 2 March

Like dog and man, these fundamentally different pieces work together in intriguing ways!

NPG exhibition: The Popular Pet Show

(4 November 2016–12 March 2017)

 

 

 

 

Winner of the 2016 National Photographic Portrait Prize- Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

Winner of the 2016 National Photographic Portrait Prize- Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker. Image via National Portrait Gallery.

Musical Portraits 

Thursday 1 June

A composer uses the stave to record a person’s story in the same way a photographer uses a camera.These works are portraits created through music.

NPG exhibition: The 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize

(April 2017–June 2017)

 

 

Charley, a Norwich shoe salesman in the 1820s. Painted by John Dempsey in 1823. Copyright Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Image via Norfolk Record Office.

 

Forgotten

Thursday 31 August

The world we live in has been created by countless ordinary people, most of whom history has forgotten, and will never recall. This is a showcase of some of these forgotten people.

NPG exhibition: Portraits from the 1820s by John Dempsey

(30 June–October 2017)

 

 

Learn more about the Australia Series from the CSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Nicholas Milton AM and Matthew Hindson AM in a short Youtube clip here.

 

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