Music for Healing

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Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


Concert Cancelled: Music for Healing

Due to ongoing lockdowns in Victoria and New South Wales, we regret to advise that Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Music for Healing concerts on Saturday 4 & Monday 6 September have 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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff and artists during these difficult circumstances and we thank you, our music-loving community for your support and understanding during this time.

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Event details

The meditative nature of music helps us repair and renew by heightening our awareness, invigorating our senses and revealing the truth of our feelings. That is at the heart of Pēteris Vasks’ Vox amoris which is a journey through love and the full range of human expression.

Just as Vox amoris explores the depth of human experience, this concert examines our emotions and the fragility of mental health. Drawing from the experience of two friends dealing with difficult personal periods, Iain Grandage’s Black Dogs confronts uncertainty and darkness, before building into an almost funk-like affirmation of survival. Black Dogs features guitarist Slava Grigoryan who will also perform Albéniz’s famous Asturias in a special arrangement for guitar and string orchestra, before Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond returns us to the delicate balance between inner and outer health, and the trust in light emerging from darkness.

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Georg Friedrich Haas (arr. Tognetti)
String Quartet No.2, Op.7 ‘From the Monkey Mountains’: IV. A Wild Night

Morton Feldman
Rothko Chapel: 5th Movement

Pink Floyd (arr. Tognetti)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Isaac Albéniz (arr. guitar & strings)
Asturias (Leyenda)

Georg Friedrich Haas (arr. Tognetti)
String Quartet No.2, Op.7 “From the Monkey Mountains”: III. The Moon and I

Anna S. Þorvaldsdóttir

Iain Grandage
Black Dogs

Pēteris Vasks
Vox amoris


Richard Tognetti Director
Slava Grigoryan Guitar
Australian Chamber Orchestra