Page 3028 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 15 August 2018

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I am particularly appalled at the behaviour of Senator Seselja. He purports to represent us. Indeed, he is elected to represent us. But instead he continues to represent his own personal interests. He is not representing the views of territorians but just himself, thereby rendering us voiceless on critical decisions regarding our lives and regarding the end of our lives.

Make no mistake: if this fails by just one vote, because we know that Senator Seselja has said that he is not voting in support of it, then territorians will know exactly who to blame for this. Make no mistake: I will not let territorians forget who was to blame and I will not let Senator Seselja forget who was to blame.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.46): Yesterday the ACT flagship arts organisation the Canberra Symphony Orchestra announced its artistic program for 2019. Once again the orchestra’s Australian born, Germany-based chief conductor and artistic director Dr Nicholas Milton has built a very accessible program for the Llewellyn Series. It features well-known works from the classical repertoire as well as works by a number of Australian composers. A special treat will be the world premiere of a work entitled To the Memory of Nelson Cooke: an Elegy for Cello and Orchestra. Ken Lampl, the director of the ANU School of Music, and his past partner Kirsten have written this piece, and it will feature Canberra’s award-winning cellist David Pereira.

As well as the Llewellyn Series, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra next year will present a series of other performances. Classic Afternoon in September 2019 will feature no fewer than three oboe concertos. The orchestra’s 2019 Artist in Focus, the acclaimed Diana Doherty, the principal oboist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, will perform these works.

There is also the Annual Opera Gala, featuring music from Monteverdi to Sondheim. The highly respected musical educator and conductor Richard Gill will take the baton for this performance. Members may recall Richard from his past appearances on Spicks and Specks. The popular, family-friendly proms concert in the grounds of Government House will feature. Next year the theme is West End, with music from West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, to name a few.

Diana Doherty will feature in the recital series to be held in the Great Hall at University House. As well there will be recitals by the Grigoryan brothers, pianist Andrea Lam and cellist Umberto Clerici, who will perform my favourite piece of music ever, the Elgar Cello Concerto, so I will be there with bells on. Symphony in the Park in March will feature the best of the Bee Gees. Music by the River in Elizabeth Park in Queanbeyan will feature some of the more recognisable classics you will hear.

The CSO has a vibrant education program. Next year the Music in MY School program will expand beyond primary school into high schools and colleges with CSO for Teens. The CSO also presents programs for more vulnerable people in our community. There are programs for people with hearing loss or Parkinson’s disease,

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