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Bridges Collective: Our Island Home. An Australia-Singapore Friendship Concert


Bridges Collective: Our Island Home. An Australia-Singapore Friendship Concert

  • Date: Saturday, 3 October 2015, 7:00pm
  • Venue: The Edge, Federation Square — Cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $35 | Children under 12: Free | Full-time Student: $15 | Concession: $25 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0407 934 810

Event Details

To celebrate 50 years of friendship between Australia & Singapore, and Singapore’s 50th anniversary, Bridges Collective will be presenting a multi-media concert 'Our Island Home'. Showing that cultures can co-exist harmoniously through the medium of music, Bridges Collective has brought together a multi-racial, multi-cultural 8-piece fusion ensemble of Singaporeans and Australians, and has commissioned two Singaporean composers to write for this ensemble.

This is a unique opportunity to hear not just one but multiple ethnic traditions and instruments brought out of their standard community contexts into collaboration with each other. The special combination of instruments and sounds commemorates both the special diversity of Singapore as a migrant nation and also its unique position as the crossroads of East and West and hints at the sound of a possible future for Australia as an increasingly well-integrated multicultural nation.

Singapore-born Founder and Director of Communications at Bridges Collective, Alex Serrenti, explains: “The concert draws upon the experience of both countries to explore artistically the meaning of home – what it means and how it is built – for implanted multicultural migrant nations such as ours.”

Says Founder and Artistic Co-Director Brenna Wee, “I want to give audiences the opportunity to hear and ‘see’ how composers have expressed their multi-cultural experiences and journeys through their music. And we are thrilled that in this concert series, we are able to augment the musical experience with images from both countries.”

Featured non-Australian music: John Sharpley: Singapore Suite (World Premiere); Bernard Tan: Mini Suite (World Premiere); Mohamad Rasull (arranger): Singapura Medley

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0407 934 810 or by email to info@bridgescollective.com

Featured Australian Works

Dance music for concert halls : for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2012) by Stuart Greenbaum
Morning star III : for clarinet, percussion, viola, cello and piano (1993) by Paul Stanhope

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