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Sydney Observatory Grounds

1003 Upper Fort Street

Millers Point, NSW 2000

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William Barton and Véronique Serret perform the world premiere of their composition “Songlines of our Universe” at Sydney Observatory

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Songlines of Our Universe

Location: Sydney Observatory

Date/Time: Tuesday 15 June 2021 6pm - 8pm

OR Wednesday 16 June 2021 6pm - 8pm

OR Thursday 17 June 2021 6pm - 8pm

OR Friday18 June 2021 6pm - 8pm

Cost: Adult $45 / Concession $35/ Child $30

MAAS Member Adult $33/ MAAS Member Concession $26/Member Child $22

In 2020 William Barton was awarded the Powerhouse Indigenous Cultural Development Residency. The Commissioning Residency took place at the Sydney Observatory, with William’s collaborator musician Veronique Serret. The result of the residency is a new commissioned work, Songlines of our Universe which was inspired by the Sydney Observatory, the Southern Sky and the Powerhouse Museum collection.

For two decades, William Barton has forged a peerless profile as a performer and composer in the classical musical world, from the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, Anzac Cove and the Beijing Olympics. His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Production at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and Winner of Best Classical Album with ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. With his prodigious musicality and the quiet conviction of his Kalkadunga heritage, he has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo — and the culture and landscape that it represents.

Véronique Serret is as a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary classical, folk, rock and improvisation. She is committed to ‘new works’ and regularly collaborates with Australia’s composers and has co-composed this work with William Barton. Veronique’s passion for both classical and modern music has made her an obvious choice for crossover projects. In recent years she has led orchestras for Giorgio Moroder, Cinematic Orchestra, Megan Washington and Sarah Blasko’s Sydney Opera House shows and led string quartets for Damon Albarn, Bigstar, Missy Higgins, Ed Kuepper and Above & Beyond.

As a featured event of Sydney Solstice, the Powerhouse will present the world premiere of Songlines of our Universe within the grounds of the Sydney Observatory, one of the most significant sites in the nation’s scientific history. The commission is made up of six movements which will be performed live by internationally renowned William Barton and Veronique Serret over four exclusive nights under the stars. The movements include:

• The Beginning

• Creation - Breath of Time

• Milky Way

• Spirit of the Ancient

• Sea Shanty

• Andromeda

Join us for the world-premier of this work and gaze at the stars while enjoying this unique live performance. Sydney Observatory astronomers will facilitate the viewing of astronomical objects with outdoor telescopes that inspired the commission including the Milky Way and Andromeda. Enjoy a curated winter themed food and beverage offer from leading NSW produce and wine makers to compliment the performance.

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Sydney Observatory Grounds

1003 Upper Fort Street

Millers Point, NSW 2000

Australia

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Organiser Powerhouse Museum

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The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues.  Established in 1879, the Museum includes the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre. The Museum is custodian to over half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia.

 

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