Rob Cossom curator / percussion
The Consort of Melbourne vocal ensemble
Meale Incredible Floridas
Katy Abbott* Hidden Thoughts I: Do I Matter?
*MSO Composer in Residence
About this performance
MSO percussionist Rob Cossom curates the first of the 2024 MSO Chamber series concerts with an all-Australian program.
- Katy Abbott’s series of works Hidden Thoughts is presented throughout 2024. Each work includes text sourced from the public, elevating the perceived ‘ordinary and mundane’ into powerful and meaningful statements of grace and kindness. The first of the series, Do I Matter?, uses anonymous answers from a survey created by Katy Abbott and writer and cartoonist Kaz Cooke asking women for their ‘hidden thoughts’. The audience at this performance is also invited to submit their responses at the concert for incorporation into the performance that day.
- Richard Meale was a trailblazing Australian composer and a contemporary of Peter Sculthorpe. His engrossing work Incredible Floridas for percussion, woodwind and strings was inspired by the surrealist poetry of Arthur Rimbaud.
Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval