Music can be a powerful advocate, a voice heard more loudly than the spoken word.
Join us as we celebrate composers who made the world better through music and amplified overlooked voices — whether it was Vivaldi’s work in music education, Mahler’s reappraisal of the work of Beethoven, or Florence Price’s tireless advocacy for women of colour.
Claire Edwardes is Australia’s most recognisable percussionist, a trailblazing icon, a passionate advocate for her instruments, a champion of new music, and a bold, memorable performer.
Claire is the soloist with MCO for Natalie Williams’ percussion concerto Steeling Fire. The work pays homage to the women who fought for the right to work at the Port Kembla Steelworks in Wollongong in 1980, and features an arsenal of metallic sounds, some of which were sourced from the Steelworks. An effervescent Vivaldi concerto, written originally for the young recorder players at the orphanage in Venice where he taught, will be revealed anew on the vibraphone.
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30 May - 2 Jun 24
SOPHIE ROWELL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
CLAIRE EDWARDES PERCUSSION
MELBOURNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
FLORENCE PRICE Folksongs in Counterpoint (selections)
NATALIE WILLIAMS Steeling Fire for percussion and strings
ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto in C major RV443
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Quartet No 11 in F minor Op 95
(arr string orchestra Gustav Mahler)
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"PURSUED GREATNESS WITH DETERMINATION + CONFIDENCE"
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