Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nigel Westlake conductor
with Emma Donovan, Paul Grabowsky AO, Billie Tumarkin and Alex Burkoy
About this performance
Composer Nigel Westlake and singer-songwriter Lior reunite with the MSO for A Night of Compassion.
Westlake’s and Lior’s beautiful seven-movement song cycle Compassion was created after the tragic death of Westlake’s son. Using the strengths of their individual artistry, Westlake and Lior express the wisdom of compassion through a meeting of contemporary and classical music told in song and symphony.
The work draws on ancient Hebrew and Arabic poems, proverbs and texts that provide insights into a world struggling with divisiveness and how the main tenets of compassion can provide relief to this tension.