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SSO: Gnarly Buttons, Kate Neal


SSO: Gnarly Buttons, Kate Neal

  • Date: Sunday, 13 August 2017, 5pm
  • Venue: Carriageworks — 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, NSW
  • Tickets: General: $39 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8215 4600

Event Details

Chief Conductor David Robertson has curated the first in a pair of concerts celebrating new music and contemporary inspiration.

Gnarly Buttons is the kind of awesome contemporary piece that leaves listeners smiling. It features John Adams' own instrument, the clarinet, and reveals a medley of influences from marching bands to Mozart. Organised as three "forgeries", there's a shape-note hymn, a "Mad Cow" hoe-down and the simple vernacular of a traditional folk song. The spotlight passes to the flute (and its "echoes") for ...explosante-fixe... – music that will show David Robertson's special affinity with Pierre Boulez. Its title comes from a line in André Breton's 1930s surrealist novel Insane Love: "Convulsive beauty will be erotic-veiled, exploding-fixed, magical-circumstantial, or it will not be at all." And to sit beside these contemporary classics, we've commissioned Australian Kate Neal to write a new work that promises to be a complete and transporting experience, engaging eyes as well as ears.


ADAMS Gnarly Buttons
NEAL New Work
BOULEZ ...explosante-fixe...

Featured non-Australian music: Adams, Boulez

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 8215 4600 or by email to info@sydneysymphony.com

Featured Australian Works

Valley of lost things : full orchestra by Kate Neal — World premiere
— performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson

Featured artists

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