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Friday 12 July 2024 at 7.30pm
Saturday 13 July 2024 at 7.30pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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About this performance

This NAIDOC Week, one of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters, Dan Sultan, joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his third studio album, Blackbird.

After headlining the Orchestra’s 2023 performance of One Song: The Music of Archie Roach, Dan reunites with the MSO to perform songs from the album and hits from his impressive catalogue.

Billed as ‘the simple journey of a man singing about love, desire and identity’, the album set Sultan’s wide-ranging talent as a songwriter and performer at the fore. It was filled with powerhouse riffs met by crackling gospel interludes, rock and roll and soul jams, pure country tones, and bare, aching ballads and harmonies.

With orchestral arrangements from Alex Turley and featuring original, MSO-commissioned artwork from Dan's longtime collaborator Jarra Karalinar Steel, this triumphant performance conducted by Noongar man Aaron Wyatt is ten years in the making.


Dan Sultan
Jarra Karalinar Steel
Alex Turley arrangements
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Wyatt

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Proudly presented by MSO Major NAIDOC Week Partner, Equity Trustees. Co-presented with Arts Centre Melbourne.

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NAIDOC Week production support provided by MSO Major Production Partner, CVP.

Aaron Wyatt’s work with the Orchestra is generously supported by the Sage Foundation. Special thanks to the Members of the MSO First Nations Giving Circle.

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