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The Sydney Symphony performs Compassion

Featuring Lior & Nigel Westlake

Be swept away as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents the music of beloved Australian composer Nigel Westlake, including the award-winning song cycle Compassion featuring singer-songwriter Lior.

Venue

Port Macquarie Glasshouse

Tamworth Memorial Town Hall

Taree Manning Entertainment Centre

Tickets are sold for these performances directly through the venues.

What happens when a great soulful voice meets the power of an orchestra

Based on ancient texts, Compassion unites singer-songwriter Lior’s energising vocal range with acclaimed composer Nigel Westlake’s (Babe, Paper Planes, Miss Potter) orchestral writings. Moments of ethereal beauty and lyricism give way to harmonic innovations and dazzling percussion, as we’re swept up into that rare realm of artistry and collaboration that crosses cultural and emotional divides.

Commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and winner of an ARIA Award for Best Classical Album, Compassion is an ‘astonishing piece of Australian music’ (Russell Torrance, ABC Classic) and a luminous deep-dive into the power of human compassion.

Entitled Psyche, Westlake’s Trumpet Concerto was written especially for the Orchestra’s Associate Principal Trumpet Brent Grapes. This ‘exhilarating and exciting’ (Limelight) work gives every opportunity for soloist and orchestra to shine bright like the golden gleam of brass instruments.

PROGRAM

NIGEL WESTLAKE & LIOR Compassion
NIGEL WESTLAKE Psyche, Concerto for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra

ARTISTS

NIGEL WESTLAKE conductor
LIOR vocals
ANDREA LAM
piano
BRENT GRAPES trumpet

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