Canberra Symphony Orchestra 2018 Season Launch

10 August 2017

Watching a sunrise over Black Mountain from the National Arboretum is quite a spectacular way to start the day – especially if you’ve managed to hastily race from the car park to the Visitors’ Centre at the National Arboretum before the wind has sent you sideways. It’s got to be the windiest place in Canberra, but it is one of our best views of the Bush Capital. And again for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra the best venue for the launch of their 2018 season.

The guests lingered as long as possible for this early morning start, were entertained by a handsome saxophonist, Nick Russoniello, learned of the exciting program for the 2018 Season while enjoying good company and a delicious breakfast. A perfect start to the day

And what a comprehensive and exciting program they have planned.  

They’re expanding the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series for 2018 with an eclectic mix of five concerts to include Australian composer Paul Stanhope’s very personal Morning Star, his response to the creation of indigenous music in Arnhem Land in a concert featuring Phoebe Russell on the double Bass.

The Australian Series is again curated and compered by Dr MatthewHindson with three one hour concerts paired with three exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery.

Then there’s the Recital Series , a perfect Sunday afternoon experience at the Wesley Music Centre with an up close and personal occasion to hear the soloists from the Llewellyn Series showcasing their instruments and chatting over an afternoon tea.

For our city’s Canberra Day picnic and concert at Stage 88 it’s the CSO Killer Queen Symphony with tribute band the Killer Queen Experience featuring John Blunt, who apparently is a ‘dead ringer’ for Freddie Mercury, with those memorable Queen hits echoing across the park. Maybe he has an operatic soprano in the wings to relive the magnificence of Freddie and Montserrat Caballe singing Barcelona all those years ago

The opera Gala is back featuring in 2018 with the Pacific Opera singing songs of love, lust and tragedy. Tissues required!

 But the biggest change to the calendar is the decision to move the date of the Shell Prom Concert to December. Still to be held in the gardens of Government House it will be a fitting end to a fantastic year and a welcome to summer . Hopefully the wisdom behind this change of date avoids those storms we all remember as we scarpered to the carpark on too many February afternoons.

A well planned and exciting mix for a program that takes the orchestra from the stage at Llewellyn Hall, to the Portrait Gallery, into the park and over to Wesley Music Centre or for those who like their music seasonal with food to match into the delightful spaces at Hotel Hotel for four extra special CSO ensemble afternoons.

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