Cancelled: All that is Dust

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Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise All that is Dust on Wednesday 20 May has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to COVID-19 is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

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Event details

Cellist Blair Harris is a highly regarded soloist and chamber musician, known for his strikingly individual interpretations and collaborative projects.

Over his career he has worked with numerous chamber music ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and as Principal Cello of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

This solo concert reflects on the brevity of living and the unknown abyss that is eternity. Kaija Saariaho’s Seven Butterflies reminds us of the fleeting and colourful nature of existence, while the stillness of Karen Tanaka’s The Song of Songs plunges us into realms of beauty just beyond our reach. Britten’s Suite brings the program to its climax in a mammoth outpouring of emotion. Utilising Tchaikovsky’s Russian folksongs and the Hymn for the Departed as its foundations, this master work allows us to seek repose from the mundanity of everyday life and bask in moments of pure harmony.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Blair Harris


Blair Harris cello


Kaija Saariaho
Sept Papillons

Caerwen Martin
New Work commissioned by Blair Harris (world premiere)

Karen Tanaka
The Song of Songs

Benjamin Britten
Suite for solo cello No.3, Op.87