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The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra takes The Bush Concert to China

On 23 and 24 August an ensemble of eight musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra took part in the 34th Harbin Summer Music Festival in China. On the program was The Bush Concert, an ASO-commissioned work for young people based on the book of the same name by Australian author Helga Visser. The story, about how music can bring communities together, parallels the ASO’s own endeavours to foster musical links with the community of Harbin which, like Adelaide, is a UNESCO City of Music.

The Bush Concert was developed in 2015 for the ASO’s Learning program by Adelaide composer Mark Ferguson, whose wife, Susan Ferguson, presented the show – and in this instance learnt to do so in Mandarin!