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CSO: Love, Kindness, Decency


CSO: Love, Kindness, Decency

  • Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020, 6:30pm
  • Venue: National Portrait Gallery — King Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT
  • Tickets: Adult: $59 | Under 30: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 6262 6772

Event Details

The first concert in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Australian Series presents the work of emerging and established Australian voices – from the world premiere of Ella Macens’ Superimposition to Paul Stanhope’s Nephesh and the second movement of Peter Sculthorpe’s Third Sonata for Strings (the composer’s own orchestration of his 11th string quartet Jabiru Dreaming).

Alongside these works, Love, Kindness, Decency will feature three pieces inspired by the incredible healing power of music: Rachel Bruerville’s Dancing on Tiptoes, Stuart Greenbaum’s The Rotation of the Earth and Natalie Nicolas’ We Won’t Let You Down. These works were all commissioned by The Hush Foundation, which creates calming music for children’s hospitals and other stressful environments.

At the heart of this concert is a new commission for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra from Cyrus Meurant, with Kirsten Williams as soloist.

Love, Kindness and Decency features the CSO Chamber Orchestra, directed by concertmaster Kirsten Williams.

The Australian Series is curated by Professor Matthew Hindson AM and presented by Singapore Airlines, in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

Kirsten Williams Director
CSO Chamber Orchestra

Followed by an after-hours viewing of the National Portrait Prizes


Rachel BRUERVILLE – Dancing on Tiptoes (2017)
Stuart GREENBAUM – The Rotation of the Earth (2017)
Natalie NICOLAS – We Won’t Let You Down (2017)
From Hush Vol. 18 Collective Wisdom

Cyrus MEURANT – When I stand before thee at the day’s end (2020) New Ars Musica Australis commission

Peter SCULTHORPE AO OBE – Third Sonata for Strings Jabiru Dreaming (2011), Movement Two

Ella MACENS – Superimposition (2015)
World premiere

Paul STANHOPE – Nephesh for string nonet (2015)

Presented by Singapore Airlines in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 6247 9191

Featured Australian Works

Dancing on Tiptoes : but never falling (2017) by Rachel Bruerville
— performed by CSO Chamber Orchestra and Kirsten Williams
Digital sheet music sample Nephesh : for string octet or nonet (2015) by Paul Stanhope
— performed by Kirsten Williams and CSO Chamber Orchestra
Sonata for strings No. 3 : string orchestra (1994) by Peter Sculthorpe
— performed by Kirsten Williams and CSO Chamber Orchestra
Superimposition by Ella Macens — World premiere
— performed by Kirsten Williams and CSO Chamber Orchestra
The Rotation of the Earth : string orchestra (2017) by Stuart Greenbaum
— performed by Kirsten Williams and CSO Chamber Orchestra
When I stand before thee at the day's end (violin with string orchestra) (2020) by Cyrus Meurant
— performed by Kirsten Williams, Kirsten Williams and CSO Chamber Orchestra
 We Won’t Let You Down (2017) by Natalie Nicolas

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