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CSO: Llewellyn One: Organ Symphony : [PERFORMANCE CANCELLED]
- Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020 to Thursday, 19 March 2020, 7:30pm
- Venue: Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music — School of Music, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
- Tickets: Performance Cancelled
As a precautionary measure for COVID-19, this concert has been cancelled. More information on the CSO website
Nicholas Milton kicks off Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s stunning 2020 season with Beethoven’s dramatic Overture. Written for a staging of Goethe’s politically charged play Egmont, performed in Vienna following Napoleon’s occupation, the music is a powerful call for courage in the face of oppression.
We then travel from 19th century Vienna to modern day Australia, with the shifting landscapes and crowded train stations of rising star composer Natalie Williams’ XPT, inspired by an overnight journey from Sydney to Melbourne, alongside Carl Vine’s bristling Percussion Symphony.
The concert concludes with Saint-Saëns’ monumental Organ Symphony — his Third — dedicated to the memory of Franz Liszt. Saint-Saëns’ final symphony is almost autobiographical, charting the composer’s career. “I gave everything to it I was able to give,” he said. “What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.” When he heard the premiere, fellow composer Charles Gounod exclaimed “There goes the French Beethoven!”
Nicholas Milton AM Conductor
Joseph Nolan Organ
Andrew Heron, Veronica Bailey, Steve Fitzgerald, John Dewhurst, CSO Percussion (featured)
Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
Natalie WILLIAMS XPT (2000)
Carl VINE AO Percussion Symphony (1995)
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 in C minor op. 78 Organ Symphony
Featured non-Australian music: Beethoven, Saint-Saëns
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 6247 9191
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