All That Is Dust

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Blair Harris


Concert Cancelled: Blair Harris

Due to ongoing restrictions, we regret to advise that Blair Harris’ All That is Dust on Tuesday 14 September has been cancelled.

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Events details

‘Supremely expressive playing.’ The Age

New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based cellist Blair Harris is known not only for his virtuosity but for the striking individuality he brings to his performances. Blair has found an equally expressive partner in the cello, whose naturally deep tone is a perfect match for his commanding style.

About this concert

A charismatic star in Melbourne’s chamber music scene, Blair Harris is a must-hear for all cello lovers. Music in 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 No.3 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 masterwork allows us to seek repose from the mundanity of everyday life and bask in moments of pure harmony.

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Blair Harris cello


Kaija Saariaho
Sept Papillons

Alice Humphries
new work commissioned by Andrew Johnston

Karen Tanaka
The Song of Songs

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


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2021

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