Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Ag Johnson vocalist
Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe host
Melissa Douglas Ascension*
Stuart Greenbaum 90 Minutes Circling the Earth: Hymn to Freedom
Zappa Night School
HVSH About You
Ag Johnson Beauty Within
Sangam Ensemble Agam (The Interior Landscape) suite for orchestra and Carnatic ensemble*
- New Homes
Created by Hari Sivanesan, Benjamin Northey and Alex Turley
- Andal (Becoming)
Created by Priya Srinivasan, Uthra Vijay, Sridhar Chari, Alex Turley and Sri Andal
- Chalisa (The Way Forward)
Created by Hari Sivanesan, Priya Srinivasan, Alex Turley and Goswami Tulsidas
*World premiere of an MSO Commission
About this performance
Mosaics celebrates the breadth and diversity of Melbourne in 2023.
Melissa Douglas begins her tenure as Cybec Young Composer in Residence with a fanfare commissioned for the 2023 Sidney Myer Free Concert Series, contrasting two ascending themes – one joyful and sprightly, the other dark and dramatic.
Four dynamic and diverse artists from Melbourne’s west – Ag Johnson, ELAURA, Nomad, and HVSH – take the stage to perform their original works, developed in partnership with GRID Series.
Finally, Sangam Ensemble present Agam: three intertwined ancient, contemporary and futuristic stories of Tamil Australians who live and work on unceded lands of the Kulin Nation. Weaving together an anti-colonial perspective, this intercultural performance frames music as dance, visuals and storytelling to explore marginality, home, and belonging, created by Priya Srinivasan, Hari Sivanesan, Uthra Vijay, Sridhar Chari and Alex Turley with Sri Andal and Tulsidas Goswami.
Nomad, ELAURA, HVSH and Ag Johnson presented in collaboration with GRID Series. Sangam Ensemble produced by Insite Arts.
Duration: approximately 2 hours including interval