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The Sound of Australia: William Barton with the ASO


The Sound of Australia: William Barton with the ASO

  • Date: Thursday, 6 April 2017, 7pm
  • Venue: Adelaide Town Hall — 128 King William St, Adelaide, SA
  • Tickets: Adult: $80 - $50 | Concession: $60 - $45 | Child: $50 - $25 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (08) 8233 6233

Event Details

William Barton - yidaki/didjeridu
Luke Dollman - Conductor
Stevie and Jamie Goldsmith - Kaurna welcome
Luku Trembath - Digital projections


Ross Edwards - Tyalgum mantras
Peter Sculthorpe - Kakadu
Sean O'Boyle - Concerto for Didjeridu & Orchestra
William Barton/Matthew Hindson - Kalkadungu: iv. ‘Warrior Spirit II’ (selection) and v. ‘Spirit of Kalkadunga’

The South Australian Museum and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra present:

Yidaki (didjeridu) virtuoso William Barton returns to Adelaide for one night only, in celebration of the South Australian Museum’s exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia. The yidaki is the iconic sound of Australia. From the stringy bark scrub of its birthplace in Arnhem Land, to the concert halls of Europe, the sound of the yidaki speaks of the landscapes and culture of Australia and its First People.

William Barton is internationally renowned for his unique fusion of traditional yidaki performance with classical forms, which has opened pathways for the understanding of his traditional culture across the world. His performance with the ASO will feature music which evokes the Australian landscape and highlights the rich musical culture of Aboriginal Australia.

This unique collaboration between the South Australian Museum and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will bring the sounds of the Museum’s Yidaki exhibition to life, alongside a stunning display in the Town Hall’s Mankurri-api Kuu (reconciliation room), a warm welcome onto Kaurna Country and a series of specially commissioned digital projections, bringing the song of the yidaki to life. The South Australian Museum and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra are proud to celebrate Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music and this concert will support one of UNESCO’s main themes: protecting our heritage and fostering creativity.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (08) 8233 6233

Featured Australian Works

Kakadu : for orchestra (1988) by Peter Sculthorpe
— performed by Luke Dollman and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Kalkadungu : for soloist (voice, electric guitar, didjeridu) and orchestra (2007) by Matthew Hindson and William Barton
— performed by William Barton, Luke Dollman and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Tyalgum mantras : large chamber ensemble (1999) by Ross Edwards
— performed by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Luke Dollman

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