Arts / CSO reveals a ‘rich and diverse’ new season

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

CHIEF conductor and artistic director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Milton tonight (August 14) unveiled the CSO’s 2019 season program before a crowd of notables, such as the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Dr Milton revealed an impressive line-up of rich and diverse music, guest performers, community programs and initiatives, and introduced Australian oboist Diana Doherty as “artist in focus” for 2019, the second year running for this initiative.

Describing the program as “an epic journey of exceptional musical experiences in which we together may share a fierce yearning for the profound joy and exquisite beauty of music”, he said highlights would include Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

The summer Shell Prom would focus on Broadway and the West End, while the annual CSO Opera Gala, he said, would be an “operatic” journey from Monteverdi to Sondheim.

Featured in the program, principal timpani, Andrew Heron

Among the featured Australian soloists would be pianist Andrea Lam, guitarist brothers Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Umberto Clerici performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto and David Pereira performing a new cello work by Ken and Kirsten Lampl from the ANU.

Matthew Hindson’s Australian Series continues at the National Portrait Gallery and among the organisation’s broader initiative will be the Saturday Series, Symphony in the Park, Music in MY School and Rediscovering Music.

The new CSO Kingsland Resident Artists Program, made possible by a contribution from the Kingsland family, will respond to the community’s need for well qualified musicians and teachers. Violist Alina Zamfir and cellist Julia Janiszewski will be the inaugural resident Artists.

The 2019 CSO program is outlined in a handsome printed program, which includes details of next year and interviews with music identities in Canberra and individual instrumentalists from the orchestra.

The program and will be mailed to existing subscribers and available in hard copy at concerts, or digitally at



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