Cancelled: Music for the Adonia

Arcko Symphonic Ensemble


Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Music for the Adonia on Wednesday 25 November 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 the Coronavirus (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

Described by The Age as a ‘gift to local composers’ Arcko Symphonic Ensemble gave its first concert in June 2008 and has been giving concerts regularly ever since.

Embracing Australian music of this and the last century, the Ensemble focuses on larger scale works, breathing life into forgotten compositions and linking Australia’s wonderful heritage composers with the younger generation.

The musicians of Arcko Symphonic Ensemble celebrate two prolific Australian composers and their life’s art to date. The performance is also a celebration of spirituality: revelations of self-struggle, desperation and resilience, the adoration of destruction and creation, the presence of majesty and the theatre of nature. Compositions by Helen Gifford and Nigel Butterley pave a wandering path, from the tropes of Europe to the chants of India, shouting out to ancient Greek festivities and poetry inspired by the forest.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Arcko Symphonic Ensemble


Nigel Butterley
Laudes for mixed ensemble

Helen Gifford
Desperation for solo viola

Nigel Butterley
Three Whitman Songs for voice and piano
Forest 1 for piano & viola

Helen Gifford
Shiva, the auspicious one
Music for the Adonia


Kim Tan flutes
Karen Heath Clarinet
Bruno Siketa trumpet
Evgeny Chebykin horn
Peter Dumsday piano
Peter Neville percussion
Justine Anderson voice
tuart Fisher guitar
Laura Tanata harp
Timothy Phillips conductor/percussion
Zachary Johnson violin
Susan Pierrotti violin
Phoebe Green viola
Caerwen Martin cello