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Musica Viva | Silk, Metal, Wood


Adult $105
Newcastle MVA Member $94
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Thursday 17 August 2023, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


City Hall

290 King Street

Newcastle 2300

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Presented by Musica Viva

This program started with an invitation to the fascinating French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras – a human vessel of his instrument’s soulful beauty, and a musician known for his sense of artistic adventure. He leapt at the chance to work with one of Australia’s musical treasures: Satsuki Odamura, a grand master of the koto – a plucked Japanese zither – resident in Sydney for more than 30 years. They welcomed one of Adelaide’s young stars, cellist James Morley, into the mix – a trio of passionate musicians inspired by the love of their instruments and an endless delighted curiosity for finding new sounds to play.

Such a gorgeous palette of colours and textures is inspiration for Australian composer Jakub Jankowski, who will create a brand-new trio for them, nestled amongst solo suites by Bach and Britten, traditional and modern works for koto, and a gleeful duo from Offenbach.


SATSUKI ODAMURA Koto and Bass Koto 


JS BACH Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major,
BWV 1007 KENGYO Midare
Jakub jANKOWSKI New Work*
Robin WILLIAMSON Letter from a Stranger’s Childhood
BRITTEN Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72
OFFENBACH Duo for Two Cellos in B-Flat Major, Op. 53, No. 1

*World premiere performances. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by the Adelaide Commissioning Circle.

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