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Canberra Symphony kicks off online Australian Miniseries

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Last night, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) kicked off its Australian Miniseries with the online premiere of A Little Waltz for Kirsten, written by eminent Australian composer Ross Edwards for Concertmaster Kirsten Williams (pictured above).

Composer and musician go way back.

“I love how Ross has written this beautiful piece for me,” says Williams, who has premiered a number of Edwards’ works over the years. “From my first read-through, I knew he had captured the essence of my playing perfectly.”

“Ross is a most humble and gentle man,” says Williams. “And his music has always resonated with me. His ability to bring through echoes of ancient knowledge, sacred rhythms and his own connections with the sounds and rhythms of Australian nature and environment is profound.”

Ross Edwards. Credit: David Roche.

One of Australia’s best known and most performed composers, Edwards has visited Canberra numerous times for concerts and trips to the National Gallery of Australia.

He enjoys the city’s beauty, although jokes that he always gets lost: “it’s a nightmare for someone like me who has no sense of direction!”.

You can now watch the performance on YouTube:

A Little Waltz for Kirsten is the first of 15 premieres in the CSO’s Australian Miniseries, co-curated by Matthew Hindson (Australian Series Curator) and incoming Artistic Advisor Jessica Cottis.

The series has commissioned a range of established and emerging Australian composers—among them Deborah Cheetham, Liza Lim, Melody Eotvos and Ella Macens—to write solo works for online premiere by CSO musicians.

Upcoming premieres will feature a number of composers with Canberra ties, including ANU School of Music alumna Chloe Sinclair, whose work Waiting for Summer to Come premieres on 24 July, performed by Principal Clarinet Alan Vivian.

To be the first to know as each premiere is announced, subscribe to the CSO YouTube channel and follow the orchestra on Facebook.

Feature image: Martin Ollman

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