Full Moon Dances



Saxophonist Justin Kenealy and pianist Coady Green unite as Duo Eclettico, two award-winning Australian artists showcasing a dazzling array of virtuosic music for this rarely heard combination of instruments.

There’s no shortage of gorgeous music for piano and saxophone. Saxophonist Justin Kenealy and pianist Coady Green start this concert with a series of solo pieces, before uniting for a major work by Ross Edwards. One of Olivier Messiaen’s final works, the exquisite Petites esquisses d’oiseaux (Small sketches of birds) for solo piano, is coupled with Australian saxophonist Nicholas Russoniello’s haunting, birdsong-inspired Dawn Searching.

In Full Moon Dances, Ross Edwards depicts the universal Moon Goddess incarnate, source of plant life and protector of the environment, performing a series of ritual healing ceremonies. With all four pieces celebrating the natural world, the result is a stunning exploration of the different personalities of the instruments, and their special combined power.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Duo Eclettico


Duo Eclettico
Justin Kenealy saxophone
Coady Green piano
Peter Neville percussion


Oliver Messiaen
Petites esquisses d’oiseaux

Nicholas Russoniello
Dawn Searching

Ross Edwards
Full Moon Dances


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.