Above Us

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Six Degrees Ensemble is known for its commitment to performing and premiering Australian works.

The unique identity of these native gems shines particularly in programs where they feature in context with important repertoire from the canon of 20th- and 21st-century works, and lesser-known international new music. Six Degrees Ensemble’s distinctive musical style combines guitar, mandolin, piano, percussion, viola, violin, flute and female voice.

The frantic pace of modern life keeps many of us busying along with our heads down. This concert with Six Degrees Ensemble inspires us to look up. The Ensemble’s highly skilled musicians illuminate five diverse multiple-instrument works that reflect on the cosmos above us. Immersive music by Elliot Gyger, George Crumb, Somei Satoh, Hildegard von Bingen and Robert Schumann reveals the multilayered and multidimensional timelessness of the celestial world.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Six Degrees Ensemble


Justine Anderson soprano
Alison Lemoh mezzo-soprano
Peter Neville percussion
Hamish Upton percussion
Michelle John cello
Stuart Fisher sitar/guitar
Carla Blackwood French Horn
Joy Lee piano
Melissa Doecke flute/Bass flute/picollo/recorder


Elliott Gyger
The Pleiades at Midnight

George Crumb
Lux Aeterna

Somei Satoh
The Heavenly Spheres Are Illuminated by Light

Hildegard von Bingen
O coruscant lux sell arum

Robert Schumann
Mein Schoner Stern


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.