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The Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Australian Series: The Art Behind the Music.

“The visual arts and music are perfect partners. Artists working in both mediums have recourse to the same tools, for example, colour, form, light and dark, harmony and discord, to create emotion and help us better understand the world around us.”  – Angus Trumble, Director National Portrait Gallery.

As orchestra of the nation’s capital, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra has become incubator and steward for new and old Australian music. This has manifested as the Australian Series, an amalgamation of visual art and music.

The Australian Series sees CSO musicians and outstanding Australian instrumentalists perform three different, one-hour concerts. Each offers cutting-edge, classical Australian composition, tailored to create a musical landscape for three exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery. Each concert is unique and compelling, with the audience invited to take a private tour of the featured exhibition straight afterwards. Curated and compered by Dr Matthew Hindson AM, an Australian composer and Deputy Head of School at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, every concert includes at least one world premiere.

We very much look forward to presenting the Australian Series at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018, for what promises to be a refreshing and dynamic musical experience.

For more information about the Australian Series and each curated concert, visit www.cso.org.au