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Heads Up: A Symphonic Celebration of Nigel Butterley, 31 October 2015

From Sorrowing EarthA Symphonic Celebration of Nigel Butterley’s 80th Birthday

7.30 pm, Saturday October 31, Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre, Cnr Sturt Street and Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, VIC

Tickets are free but bookings are highly advised through Trybooking online, as places are limited. Secure your FREE seat here.



Nigel Butterley

In partnership with the ABC, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble presents a landmark concert on 31 October at the Iwaki Auditorium in Melbourne, to celebrate Nigel Butterley‘s 80th birthday.

Led by Timothy Phillips, Arcko is recognising one of Australia’s most celebrated composers with a concert of symphonic proportions. Using an expanded ensemble of over 58 players, Arcko will perform Butterley’s symphony From Sorrowing Earth.

Two further, highly contrasting works of Butterley’s will be given. Young Australian virtuoso, Zubin Kanga will perform Butterley’s work for piano solo: Uttering Joyous Leaves.

With the support and resources of the ABC, the concert will also present In the Head the Fire, a radiophonic work by Butterley for multiple orchestras and choirs.

Thus the journey of the concert begins with one person and a piano and progresses to a recorded sound event. The first half of the concert then concludes with a new work, commissioned for this event itself: From Joyous Leaves, a concerto for prepared piano and chamber orchestra by Elliott Gyger.

A prepared piano is a piano with things stuck inside it to alter the sounds produced through the keys. The idea of the prepared piano was really pioneered by John Cage who increased the range of piano sounds using rubber stoppers and metal screws inserted between the strings. Gyger’s From Joyous Leaves will be a fascinating experience. Soloist Zubin Kanga will undoubtedly be put through his paces — expect some unconventional playing.

(Note: Nigel actually gave the Australian premiere of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano in 1976, recording them for Tall Poppies in 1992.)

The second half of the concert is given over to Nigel Butterley’s substantial work From Sorrowing Earth for symphony orchestra, conducted by Arcko director Timothy Phillips.

This concert is a major event in Australia’s musical year, delivering another concert dedicated to Arcko’s mission of forming an arc between canonic, established and emerging Australian composers.

Timothy Phillips is excited to be presenting this free event at the ABC’s Iwaki Auditorium. Places are limited, so book online. For further information about Arcko go to www.arckosymphonicensemble.org.au



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