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Friday, June 18, 2021

See the AWO in Canberra

Australian World Orchestra returns to Canberra with the premiere of a major new Australian work

The Australian World Orchestra brings together Australia’s finest classical musicians from across Australia and the world, to present exquisite performances. Symphony, a new commissioned work by acclaimed Australian composer Paul Dean as the centrepiece of this unmissable concert taking place at Llewellyn Hall on Wed 2 June at 730pm.

Under the baton of AWO Artistic Director and internationally acclaimed conductor Alexander Briger, fifty-two AWO players (forty-eight from across Australia and four from overseas) will come together to celebrate the joy of performing great works of music together and the resilience of Australian music making. The 2021 season will be the first iteration of AWO for over eighteen months and the celebration of its tenth anniversary.

Also on the program is Schumann’s 2nd Symphony – one of the greatest expressive, and deeply emotional works of the romantic era – arguably Schumann’s greatest symphonic work, and Beethoven’s dramatic and sensitive Coriolan Overture, to be performed in the year following the great composer’s 250th birthday.

Audacious, exhilarating and with limitless vision, the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) is recognised as one of the most exciting initiatives in Australia’s cultural history. Founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Alexander Briger AO, AWO’s mission is to bring together Australia’s finest classical musicians – from ensembles at home as well as all around the world – to create something uniquely electrifying.

“…not just a national treasure but an international treasure.” Sir Simon Rattle.

One lucky CW reader will win a double pass to see the AWO in Canberra on 2 June.


To enter, email [email protected] with ‘Australian World Orchestra’ in the subject field. Tell us your name, full contact details (including best delivery address) and where and when the AWO will perform in Canberra next month. Entries close 9am Friday 28 May 2021 and winner drawn same day. One entry per person. Entrants must be aged 18+. Winner must be able to attend.

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