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Thursday 29 September 2022 at 7.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nigel Westlake
Lior vocalist
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.

"Though Compassion draws from the languages and cultural richness of two worlds, the overriding theme of the work is the wisdom and universality of compassion"


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Avinu Malkeinu from Compassion, performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in September 2013.

The world premiere concert of Compassion at the Sydney Opera House was recorded and released on ABC, spending more than 10 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Classical Charts and receiving the 2014 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.

This special concert event also features Emma Donovan with MSO Composer in Residence Paul Grabowsky AO, Billie Tumarkin and Alex Burkoy in a program of original music and culturally significant works that address themes of compassion and healing.

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