The first commission is from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra titled Apii Thatini Mu Murtu (To sing and carry a coolamon on country together). As part of the QSO’s Epic Sounds: Music that Soars Maestro Series, the work will premiere at 3pm and 7:30pm on Saturday 26th June 2021 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Scored for orchestra and didgeridoo, the premiere will feature Barton on didgeridoo. The performance will also feature Verdi’s Overture to La Forza Del Destino and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.
Barton’s second work to be premiered this month is part of the Queensland Music Trails festival event Music For Stargazing. The first performance will take place at the Cosmos Centre in Charleville at 6pm on Tuesday 29th June 2021 and will feature performances from Barton himself, Kate Miller-Heidke, Véronique Serret and Aunty Delmae Barton. Inspired by the magnitude of the open outback night sky and the traditional stories of the Bidjara people, the concert will take place in an outdoor venue under the evening glow of the Milky Way.
Image © Keith Saunders
As we approach the 50th Anniversary of Australia’s withdrawal from the Vietnam War, a new work by Graeme Koehne is to be performed as part of the Vietnam Requiem produced by the Flowers of War in partnership with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. The premiere will take place at 1:00pm on Saturday 5th June 2021 at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music in Canberra.
The Vietnam Requiem has been composed by Koehne, as well as Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin, Andrew Schultz and others. The commission has been created and directed by Chris Latham who is artist-in-residence at the Australian War Memorial. It is the first work produced by Flowers of War that will focus on the stories of living veterans and those directly affected by a war, including military and civilian medical staff, entertainers, journalists and photojournalists, the protest movement and those who fled to freedom as Boat People.
Image © Andrew Dunbar
For more information about these premieres and to access booking information, please follow the following links:
Epic Sounds: Music that Soars
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Location: Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Date/s: Saturday 26th June
Time/s: 3:00pm, 7:30pm
Music For Stargazing
Queensland Music Trails
Location: Charleville Cosmos Centre, Charleville
Date/s: Tuesday 29th June, Wednesday 30th June
The Vietnam Requiem
The Flowers of War
Location: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Date/s: Saturday 5th June
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