2022 NAIDOC Week | Concert Program

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Acknowledging Country In the first project of its kind in Australia, the MSO has developed a musical Acknowledgment of Country with music composed by Yorta Yorta composer Deborah Cheetham AO, featuring Indigenous languages from across Victoria. Generously supported by Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Commonwealth Government through the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the MSO is working in partnership with Short Black Opera and Indigenous language custodians who are generously sharing their cultural knowledge. The Acknowledgement of Country allows us to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which we perform in the language of that country and in the orchestral language of music. Australian National Commission for UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

About Long Time Living Here In all the world, only Australia can lay claim to the longest continuing cultures and we celebrate this more today than in any other time since our shared history began. We live each day drawing energy from a land which has been nurtured by the traditional owners for more than 2000 generations. When we acknowledge country we pay respect to the land and to the people in equal measure. As a composer I have specialised in coupling the beauty and diversity of our Indigenous languages with the power and intensity of classical music. In order to compose the music for this Acknowledgement of Country Project I have had the great privilege of working with no fewer than eleven ancient languages from the state of Victoria, including the language of my late Grandmother, Yorta Yorta woman Frances McGee. I pay my deepest respects to the elders and ancestors who are represented in these songs of acknowledgement and to the language custodians who have shared their knowledge and expertise in providing each text. I am so proud of the MSO for initiating this landmark project and grateful that they afforded me the opportunity to make this contribution to the ongoing quest of understanding our belonging in this land. — Deborah Cheetham AO


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Established in 1906, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is Australia’s pre-eminent orchestra and a cornerstone of Victoria’s rich, cultural heritage. Each year, the MSO engages with more than 5 million people, presenting in excess of 180 public events across live performances, TV, radio and online broadcasts, and via its online concert hall, MSO.LIVE, with audiences in 56 countries. With a reputation for excellence, versatility and innovation, the MSO works with culturally diverse and First Nations leaders to build community and deliver music to people across Melbourne, the state of Victoria and around the world. In 2022, the MSO ‘s new Chief Conductor, Jaime Martín has ushered in an exciting new phase in the Orchestra’s history. Maestro Martín joins an Artistic Family that includes Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang, Principal Conductor in Residence, Benjamin Northey, Conductor Laureate, Sir Andrew Davis CBE, Composer in Residence, Paul Grabowsky and Young Artist in Association, Christian Li. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations, on whose un‑ceded lands we honour the continuation of the oldest music practice in the world.


Midweek classical in the CBD 1 HOUR CONCERTS, NO INTERVAL NEW WORLD SYMPHONY Monday 1 August

HAROLD IN ITALY Thursday 18 August



All concerts 6.30pm | Hamer Hall



Your MSO

Your MSO Jaime Martín

Chief Conductor Dr Marc Besen AC and the late Dr Eva Besen AO#

Xian Zhang

Principal Guest Conductor

Benjamin Northey Principal Conductor in Residence

Carlo Antonioli Cybec Assistant Conductor Fellow

Sir Andrew Davis Conductor Laureate

Hiroyuki Iwaki †

Conductor Laureate (1974–2006)


Concertmaster David Li AM and Angela Li#

Sophie Rowell

Concertmaster The Ullmer Family Foundation#

Tair Khisambeev

Assistant Concertmaster Di Jameson and Frank Mercurio#

Peter Edwards

Assistant Principal

Kirsty Bremner Sarah Curro Peter Fellin Deborah Goodall Lorraine Hook Anne-Marie Johnson Kirstin Kenny Eleanor Mancini Mark Mogilevski Michelle Ruffolo Kathryn Taylor




Matthew Tomkins

David Berlin

Robert Macindoe

Rachael Tobin

Monica Curro

Nicholas Bochner Miranda Brockman

Principal The Gross Foundation# Associate Principal Assistant Principal Danny Gorog and Lindy Susskind#

Mary Allison Isin Cakmakcioglu Tiffany Cheng Glenn Sedgwick#

Freya Franzen Cong Gu Andrew Hall Isy Wasserman Philippa West

Andrew Dudgeon AM#

Patrick Wong Roger Young

Shane Buggle and Rosie Callanan#

VIOLAS Christopher Moore Principal Di Jameson and Frank Mercurio#

Lauren Brigden Katharine Brockman Anthony Chataway

Dr Elizabeth E Lewis AM#

Gabrielle Halloran Trevor Jones Anne Neil#

Fiona Sargeant

Learn more about our musicians on the MSO website.

Principal Hyon Ju Newman# Associate Principal

Geelong Friends of the MSO#

Rohan de Korte

Andrew Dudgeon AM#

Sarah Morse Angela Sargeant Michelle Wood

Andrew and Judy Rogers#

DOUBLE BASSES Benjamin Hanlon

Frank Mercurio and Di Jameson#

Rohan Dasika Suzanne Lee FLUTES Prudence Davis Principal Anonymous#

Wendy Clarke

Associate Principal

Sarah Beggs PICCOLO Andrew Macleod Principal

Thomas Hutchinson

Associate Principal

Ann Blackburn

The Rosemary Norman Foundation#

HORNS Nicolas Fleury

Principal Margaret Jackson AC#

Saul Lewis


Principal Third The Hon Michael Watt QC and Cecilie Hall#

Michael Pisani

Abbey Edlin


Trinette McClimont Rachel Shaw


David Thomas


Nereda Hanlon and Michael Hanlon AM#


Craig Hill

Owen Morris



William Evans Rosie Turner

Jack Schiller

Elise Millman

Associate Principal

Natasha Thomas

Dr Martin Tymms and Patricia Nilsson#




Robert Cossom

Drs Rhyl Wade and Clem Gruen#

HARP Yinuo Mu Principal

Shane Hooton

Associate Principal Glenn Sedgwick#


John Arcaro


Jon Craven Principal


Gary McPherson#

Philip Arkinstall

Associate Principal


Your MSO


John and Diana Frew#

TROMBONES Richard Shirley Mike Szabo

Principal Bass Trombone

TUBA Timothy Buzbee


# Position supported by


+ Thursday 7 July / 8.30pm Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Electric Fields Zaachariaha Fielding (vocals) Michael Ross (keyboard/producer) Aaron Wyatt conductor Benjamin Northey music supervisor Alex Turley arrangements Guest Vocalists Alyson Joyce Belle Bangard Shannen Wick Antara Singers Audrey Umala Sandra Pumani Zaavan Fielding Presented in association with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Electric Fields + MSO is proudly presented by Equity Trustees. Alex Turley’s position as MSO’s 2022 Young Composer in Residence is supported by The Cybec Foundation.

Repertoire Long Time Living Here Acknowledgement of Country (string quartet version) Prologue – Anpuru Shade Away Lore Woman Glorious Dali From Little Things Big Things Grow Pukulpa 2000 and Whatever Catastrophe Don’t You Worry Antara


NAIDOC WEEK | Electric Fields + MSO

Electric Fields Award-winning electronic music duo and self-described ‘feminine brothers’, Zaachariaha Fielding (vocals) and Michael Ross (keyboard/producer), aka Electric Fields, are ready to take their already epic sounds and give them the orchestral treatment in their debut concert with the MSO for NAIDOC Week. The duo’s music, described as ‘emotionally moving and breathtaking’, and ‘Daft Punk meets Nina Simone in the Deep Forest’, combines pop, soul and electronica with intimate storytelling. Zaachariaha’s extraordinary vocals often include the traditional languages of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people. His dancing is also an integral part of the live show, as he becomes the spirit creature for audiences who let their freak flag fly.


Benjamin Northey

Aaron is an accomplished violist who, before moving to Melbourne to take up an assistant lectureship at Monash, was a regular casual with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Since returning to Australia from Europe, Benjamin Northey has rapidly emerged as one of the nation’s leading musical figures. He is currently the Principal Resident Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and was appointed Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in 2015.


He has played in a wide variety of ensembles across many different genres, and has toured internationally with a number of groups, including the award-winning Decibel New Music ensemble. Aaron is also the developer behind the Decibel ScorePlayer app, the group’s cutting edge, animated graphic notation software for the iPad. He was nominated for a Helpmann Award for his role as musical director of the premiere season of Cat Hope’s new opera, Speechless, at the 2019 Perth International Arts Festival, and has recently taken on the role of director of Ensemble Dutala. The brainchild of Yorta Yorta soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham AO, the group aims to bring together Indigenous classical musicians from around the country. Most recently, he premiered Cheetham’s new work, Nanyubak, for viola and orchestra as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

music supervisor

NAIDOC WEEK | Electric Fields + MSO

Aaron Wyatt

His international appearances include concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the New Zealand Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia. He has conducted L’elisir d’amore, The Tales of Hoffmann and La sonnambula for SOSA and Turandot, Don Giovanni, Carmen and Cosi fan tutte for Opera Australia. Limelight Magazine named him Australian Artist of the Year in 2018. In 2021, he conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Christchurch Symphony and all six Australian state symphony orchestras.



Thursday 7 July / 6.30pm Iwaki Auditorium Leila Gurruwiwi presenter This event will be filmed; there will be cameras in the auditorium. Tonight’s event features performance and conversation from the cast and creatives of Spinifex Gum.

Proudly presented by Equity Trustees Music & Ideas is supported by City of Melbourne. This event is presented in partnership with Spinifex Gum.

NAIDOC WEEK | Introducing Spinifex Gum

Leila Gurruwiwi presenter Leila Gurruwiwi is a Yolngu woman of the Galpu Clan from Northeast Arnhem land, a cultural awareness advocate and mentor. As well as dabbling in some acting in both award winning series Glitch Season 1 and 2 and The Secret River (both ABC series) and KAGE theatre production Team of Life, Leila has combined a successful media career, including 11 years as a reporter and newsreader on The Marngrook Footy Show, with community pursuits in her former roles mentoring young girls in the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz program and being an Indigenous Support Worker at the Pavillion School, a school for young people who have been disengaged or excluded from mainstream education. Leila is the Education Officer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at Catholic Education Melbourne where she helps Indigenous student excel in school and supports their families. She hopes to foster a sense of strong identity in Indigenous students and throughout schools in the Melbourne Diocese, a strong knowledge and embracing of Indigenous culture. Once a week Leila also works as the Public Programs Coordinator for Agency Projects, a non for profit that celebrates and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture and people on a local, national and international scale. Leila is currently co-producing a documentary called “Jarracharra” which looks at the rise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion designers in the fashion industry both locally and internationally. Leila is also now a proud mum to her son Uzoma who she hopes to instill strong cultural connections to both his Indigenous and Nigerian cultures.


+ Saturday 9 July / 2pm Saturday 9 July / 7.30pm Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Northey conductor Lyn Williams AM choral director Marliya Emma Donovan Ollie McGill Felix Riebl Gondwana Voices With musicians from Melbourne Youth Orchestras Ross Irwin, Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill arrangements Deborah Brown choreography

Electric Fields + MSO is proudly presented by Equity Trustees. Spinifex Gum has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Major Festival Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festival Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts; Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, The Aranday Foundation, The Myer Foundation, The Yulgilbar Foundation, Limb Family Foundation, SALT Catalyst, Mamoma Foundation, Annamila Foundation, Lightfolk Foundation, The Humanity Foundation, Canny Quine Foundation, Igniting Change, many generous individuals, and by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund and ACF Boost and The Dara Foundation.

Repertoire Acknowledgement of Country Spinifex Gum Wandangarli Mine Steal Tender Ore Yurala Battle Cry Sisters Lang Interlude Make it Rain Ghosts Whisper Ganalili Ready or Not Dream Baby Dream Voice Treaty Truth Now My Island Home Gawarliwarli Ms Dhu Locked Up The Children Came Back Marliya


NAIDOC WEEK | MSO + Spinifex Gum

Benjamin Northey

Lyn Williams AM

Since returning to Australia from Europe, Benjamin Northey has rapidly emerged as one of the nation’s leading musical figures. He is currently the Principal Resident Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and was appointed Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in 2015.

Lyn Williams is widely regarded as one of the finest conductors of choirs around the world. For over 30 years, Lyn has harnessed the incredible power of young voices through her worldrenowned ensembles: the Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and Marliya. Her choirs have appeared with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and at festivals including the BBC Proms and Polyfollia.


His international appearances include concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the New Zealand Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia. He has conducted L’elisir d’amore, The Tales of Hoffmann and La sonnambula for SOSA and Turandot, Don Giovanni, Carmen and Cosi fan tutte for Opera Australia. Limelight Magazine named him Australian Artist of the Year in 2018. In 2021, he conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Christchurch Symphony and all six Australian state symphony orchestras.


choral director

Lyn has commissioned over 200 works from composers across Australia and around the world and her ability to forge innovative and meaningful collaborations is widely recognised. She continues to foster strong relationships with First Nations artists across Australia, bringing together cultural custodians and composers to create new works which preserve and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages and cultures. In 2017, Lyn received the Australia Council for the Arts’ Don Banks Music Award for outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia, in recognition of her lifework as founder and director of Gondwana Choirs. In 2021, Lyn received the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to Australian music.

Emma Donovan

Marliya is a group of young Indigenous singers based in Cairns whose music goes straight to the heart. Led by Lyn Williams, Marliya have performed Spinifex Gum all across Australia, from the outback in Roebourne to the Sydney Opera House. Composed and arranged by Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill, the music is part political and part aspirational, exploring a mix of hard-hitting issues, with choreography by Deborah Brown.

Emma Donovan is an acclaimed Australian soul singer and songwriter best known for her work with rhythm combo The Putbacks and prior to this, The Black Arm Band project.

Marliya was first formed from members of the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, based in Cairns, to perform Spinifex Gum by Felix Riebl. Marliya has appeared at the Adelaide and Sydney Festivals, at Dreamtime at the G, and the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. In 2019 Spinifex Gum was nominated for Best New Australian Work in the Helpmann Awards and toured in August and September with performances at the Garma Festival and in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Recent performances of Spinifex Gum include Live the Bowl in Melbourne in 2021 and BluesFest Byron Bay in 2022. Marliya has recorded two albums – Spinifex Gum (2017) and Sisters (2019).

NAIDOC WEEK | MSO + Spinifex Gum


Emma has toured and recorded with Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, Spinifex Gum, Christine Anu, Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Little and Paul Kelly among others. Starting her singing career at age seven, Emma appeared in family band The Donovans. On her mother’s side, Emma is part of the famed Donovan family of singers of the Gumbaynggirr people from Northern NSW. On her father’s side, Emma is of the Yamatji people in Western Australia. In 2004, Emma was the subject of SBS documentary Gumbaynggirr Lady and in 2007 she joined The Black Arm Band, reproducing iconic songs of the Aboriginal resistance movement in a theatrical setting. The Band, consisting of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists was an enormously important group, producing a number of shows which toured internationally and helped establish the careers of a new generation of Indigenous singers.


NAIDOC WEEK | MSO + Spinifex Gum

Felix Riebl

Ollie McGill

Melbourne artist Felix Riebl is a man of many hats; award-winning artist, globe traverser, family-man, footy fanatic, leader, gardener, chef. He has found comfort in chaotic spaces, performing to sold-out stadiums across the world, and in small domestic moments whilst surrounded by family and friends.

Ollie McGill is a genius behind the piano. For over two decades, McGill has shown his authentic versatility as a musician through composing, songwriting and being a vibrant player at the keys.

Through his authenticity, Felix has built a career on his broad and colourful music palette – never being type-cast in to one music genre, yet somehow always finding an audience. Across his projects, The Cat Empire, Felix Riebl, and Spinifex Gum there is a thread that ties all three together and that’s a sense of community, collaboration, and respect for the craft. In his most recent work, Felix celebrates the wonder and obscurities of life, by shining a light on the interplay of insular domestic moments and very extrovert overflowing international moments that present themselves, with joy and exuberance.

Whilst McGill is best known for his work as a founding member of The Cat Empire, the pianist’s stylistic and raw musical works can be seen and heard across collaborative sessions and compositions with musicians around the world. McGill has enjoyed his chaotic touring and recording life over the past two decades, performing in a number of bands and toying with musical genres spanning neo classical, fusion, avantgarde, jazz, electronic and improvisational compositions. Ever-present in the music world, whether this is touring, composing, recording or writing advertising songs (McGill composed the award-winning Dumb Ways to Die for Metro Trains Melbourne in 2012), the artist is not one to sit still when it comes to music projects. Silhouettes of Mockingbirds is Ollie McGill’s latest solo piano release, an intimate EP of four tracks inspired by the ocean to be released in April 2022.


Melbourne Youth Orchestras

Gondwana Voices is Australia’s national children’s choir for treble singers aged 10–17. It regularly performs with the country’s leading ensembles and has built a reputation for performances of outstanding musicianship. Gondwana Voices is conducted by Gondwana Choirs Founder and Artistic Director Lyn Williams AM and Mark O’Leary.

Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO) brings young Victorian musicians together to participate in ensemble music-making. Through their educational program, MYO continues to unleash creativity and empower tomorrow’s leaders through a commitment to excellence, ultimately inspiring its members to reach their potential through music.

The choir tours nationally and internationally and has taken part in international choral festivals including the World Symposium on Choral Music, Rotterdam; America Cantat, Mexico City; Polyfollia, Normandy; and Festival 500, Newfoundland. In 2007 Gondwana Voices was the first Australian children’s choir to perform at the BBC Proms. Recent tours include a 20th anniversary trip to the Baltic States and Iceland in 2017, which included a collaboration with the acclaimed TIARA Riga Cathedral Girls’ Choir and a tour of northern Queensland in October 2018, performing in Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Innsifail and Cairns.

NAIDOC WEEK | MSO + Spinifex Gum

Gondwana Voices

MYO plays a leadership role in collaborating with education and music partners to ensure that a high-quality music education is available for all students in Victoria. MYO is recognised as one of Australia’s leading centres for ensemble music making and training, and a meeting place for young musicians and their families who travel from all over metropolitan and regional Victoria to participate.

In 2019, Gondwana Voices performed Brett Dean’s Vexations and Devotions with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under maestro Vladimir Jurowksi at the Berlin Philharmonie. Sam Allchurch, choral preparation Lara Miller, choreography preparation


NAIDOC WEEK | MSO + Spinifex Gum

Deborah Brown

Michael Woodley

Deborah Brown is a director, choreographer and award winning dancer.

Michael Woodley is the Chief Executive Officer of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC), a Registered Native Title Body Corporate, and co-founder of the Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation (JGAC), Yindjibarndi’s language and cultural recording organisation, as well as being a Yindjibarndi spokesperson, Bindarra Law carrier, and community leader.

She spent 15 years years as a Senior Artist at Bangarra Dance Theatre, where she created works including short dance film dive in 2013 and IBIS for Bangarra’s national tour of lore in 2015. She won the 2013 Helpmann Award, Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production, Terrain. She has created, hide, for Campbelltown Arts Centre and has choreographed and collaborated on Spinifex Gum. Deborah was assistant director on STC’s The Long Forgotten Dream, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Wonangatta and Belvoir’s Winyanboga Yurringa. Deborah has a Masters in Screen Directing at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Her capstone film Bala has featured at film festivals around the globe and is currently screening on ABC iView. She has directed for the new NITV children’s series, Barrumbi Kids, set to be released in 2022.


His leadership has a history of more than a decade in the Yindjibarndi community, and more generally in the community of Roebourne. Prior to this Michael has undertaken training through Rio Tinto’s Aboriginal Training and Liaison (ATAL) division, and from 2002–11 took JAC from a small organisation to a thriving archiving, publishing, digital media, television broadcasting, media training, cultural consultancy, and advocacy enterprise. In 2007 Michael was appointed as CEO of YAC where his responsibilities included heritage management, policy and research services, and retaining professional legal and anthropological services to strengthen Yindjibarndi’s position in being a leader in Native Title development, self-determination and sustainability. Through Culture, Community and Commerce, Michael is advancing change through real partnerships and long-term commitments.

Celebrating First Nations For more than 116 years the MSO has performed on the lands of the Kulin Nations. Guided by MSO’s First Nations Creative Chair Deborah Cheetham AO, we are committed to elevating the unique cultures and histories of the First Nations peoples who celebrate the oldest music practice in the world. But we need your help. Please donate today to help support our First Nations initiatives. Your gift – whether big or small – makes a difference and will enable us to continue delivering our First Nations programming, career development programs, artist engagement and commissioning of new works. Annual gifts of $2,500+ in support of our First Nations initiatives will enable you to join the MSO’s First Nations Giving Circle, where you can connect with like-minded music-lovers and enjoy access to special MSO First Nations and Patron events. To support our First Nations initiatives, please call (03) 8646 1551, or donate online and select “First Nations Programming” or “First Nations Circle” in the drop-down menu. Thank you for your support



Supporters MSO PATRON The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE Dr Marc Besen AC and the late Dr Eva Besen AO The Gandel Foundation The Gross Foundation Di Jameson and Frank Mercurio Harold Mitchell Foundation Hyon Ju Newman Lady Potter AC CMRI The Cybec Foundation The Pratt Foundation Elizabeth Proust AO and Brian Lawrence The Ullmer Family Foundation

ARTIST CHAIR BENEFACTORS Chief Conductor Jaime Martín Dr Marc Besen AC and the late Dr Eva Besen AO Cybec Assistant Conductor Chair Carlo Antonioli The Cybec Foundation Concertmaster Chair Sophie Rowell The Ullmer Family Foundation Concertmaster Chair Dale Barltrop David Li AM and Angela Li Assistant Concertmaster Tair Khisambeev Di Jameson and Frank Mercurio Young Composer in Residence Alex Turley The Cybec Foundation

PROGRAM BENEFACTORS Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program The Cybec Foundation Digital Transformation The Ian Potter Foundation, The Margaret Lawrence Bequest – Managed by Perpetual, Alan (AGL) Shaw Endowment, managed by Perpetual Philanthropy First Nations Emerging Artist Program The Ullmer Family Foundation East meets West The Li Family Trust 24

◊ Denotes Adopt a Musician supporter

MSO Live Online Crown Resorts Foundation, Packer Family Foundation MSO Education Anonymous MSO Academy Di Jameson and Frank Mercurio MSO For Schools Crown Resorts Foundation, Packer Family Foundation, The Department of Education and Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program and the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series (VCES) Melbourne Music Summit Erica Foundation Pty Ltd, The Department of Education and Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program MSO Regional Touring Creative Victoria, Freemasons Foundation Victoria, John T Reid Charitable Trusts, Robert Salzer Foundation, The Sir Andrew & Lady Fairley Foundation The Pizzicato Effect Supported by Hume City Council’s Community Grants program, The Marian and E.H. Flack Trust, Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust, Australian Decorative And Fine Arts Society, Anonymous Sidney Myer Free Concerts Supported by the Sidney Myer MSO Trust Fund and the University of Melbourne

PLATINUM PATRONS $100,000+ Dr Marc Besen AC and the late Dr Eva Besen AO The Gandel Foundation The Gross Foundation◊ Di Jameson and Frank Mercurio ◊ David Li AM and Angela Li◊ The Pratt Foundation The Ullmer Family Foundation Anonymous (1)◊

VIRTUOSO PATRONS $50,000+ Margaret Jackson AC ◊ Lady Primrose Potter AC CMRI Hyon-Ju Newman◊ Anonymous (1)

Harold Bentley The Hogan Family Foundation David Krasnostein and Pat Stragalinos Opalgate Foundation Elizabeth Proust AO and Brian Lawrence Lady Marigold Southey AC Anonymous (1)


Dr Rhyl Wade and Dr Clem Gruen◊ Hilary Hall in memory of Wilma Collie Louis J Hamon OAM Nereda Hanlon and Michael Hanlon AM◊



Dr Alastair Jackson AM John and Diana Frew◊ Suzanne Kirkham Dr Jerry Koliha and Marlene Krelle Dr Elizabeth A Lewis AM◊ Dr Caroline Liow LRR Family Trust

Christine and Mark Armour

Gary McPherson◊

Margaret Billson and the late Ted Billson

The Mercer Family Foundation

Shane Buggle and Rosie Callanan◊

Marie Morton FRSA

Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM

Anne Neil◊

Andrew Dudgeon AM◊

Bruce Parncutt AO

Colin Golvan AM QC and Dr Deborah Golvan

Sam Ricketson and Rosemary Ayton

Danny Gorog and Lindy Susskind◊

The Rosemary Norman Foundation◊

Jan and Robert Green

Helen Silver AO and Harrison Young

Doug Hooley

Anita Simon

Peter Lovell

Dr Michael Soon

Opalgate Foundation

The Hon Michael Watt QC and Cecilie Hall◊

Ian and Jeannie Paterson

Lyn Williams

Glenn Sedgwick

Anonymous (4)◊

Andrew and Judy Rogers◊

The Sun Foundation Gai and David Taylor Athalie Williams and Tim Danielson Jason Yeap OAM – Mering Management Corporation

ASSOCIATE PATRONS $2,500+ Mary Armour Sascha O. Becker

Anonymous (1)

Anne Bowden


Julia and Jim Breen

John and Lorraine Bates Barbara Bell in memory of Elsa Bell Bodhi Education Fund (East meets West) John Coppock OAM and Lyn Coppock Ann Darby in memory of Leslie J. Darby Mary Davidson and the late Frederick Davidson AM The Dimmick Charitable Trust Jaan Enden Bill Fleming Susan Fry and Don Fry AO Sophie Galaise and Clarence Fraser◊ Geelong Friends of the MSO◊ Jennifer Gorog

Joyce Bown Alan and Dr Jennifer Breschkin Patricia Brockman Dr John Brookes Stuart Brown Lynne Burgess Oliver Carton Janet Chauvel and the late Dr Richard Chauvel Breen Creighton and Elsbeth Hadenfeldt Sandra Dent Douglas J Savige Elaine Walters OAM Barry Fradkin OAM and Dr Pam Fradkin Alex and Liz Furman Kim and Robert Gearon



R Goldberg and Family

Suzie Brown OAM and the late Harvey Brown

Goldschlager Family Charitable Foundation

Ronald and Kate Burnstein

Catherine Gray

Dr Lynda Campbell

Merv Keehn and Sue Harlow

Dr Sang and Candace Chung

Susan and Gary Hearst

Kaye Cleary

Hartmut and Ruth Hofmann

John and Mandy Collins

John Jones

Michael Craig

The Ilma Kelson Music Foundation

Andrew Crockett AM and Pamela Crockett

Graham and Jo Kraehe

Panch Das and Laurel Young-Das

Ann Lahore

Caroline Davies

Lesley McMullin Foundation

Natasha Davies, for the Trikojus Education Fund

Margaret and John Mason OAM H E McKenzie Dr Isabel McLean Douglas and Rosemary Meagher Wayne and Penny Morgan Patricia Nilsson Ken Ong OAM Alan and Dorothy Pattison Sue and Barry Peake Dr Paul Nisselle AM Peter Priest Ruth and Ralph Renard Tom and Elizabeth Romanowski Liliane Rusek and Alexander Ushakoff Jeffrey Sher QC and Diana Sher OAM Steinicke Family Peter J Stirling Jenny Tatchell Clayton and Christina Thomas Jessica Thomson-Robbins Nic and Ann Willcock Lorraine Woolley

Rick and Sue Deering John and Anne Duncan Jane Edmanson OAM John Firth Grant Fisher and Helen Bird Alex Forrest Applebay Pty Ltd David and Esther Frenkiel David I Gibbs AM and Susie O’Neill Sonia Gilderdale Janette Gill Dr Marged Goode Chris Grikscheit and Christine Mullen Margie and Marshall Grosby Jennifer Gross Dr Sandra Hacker AO and Mr Ian Kennedy AM Jean Hadges David Hardy Tilda and the late Brian Haughney Dr Keith Higgins

Anonymous (5)

Anthony and Karen Ho


Paul and Amy Jasper

Dr Sally Adams Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Geoffrey and Vivienne Baker Marlyn Bancroft and Peter Bancroft OAM Janet H Bell The Brett Young Family Patricia Brockman

Katherine Horwood Shyama Jayaswal Basil and Rita Jenkins John Kaufman Irene Kearsey & Michael Ridley Drs Bruce and Natalie Kellett Dr Anne Kennedy John Keys

Robert and Jill Brook

Professor David Knowles and Dr Anne McLachlan

Nigel Broughton and Sheena Broughton

Bryan Lawrence

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Merrowyn Deacon

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Ann and Larry Turner

Diana Lay

The Hon Rosemary Varty

Phil Lewis

Leon and Sandra Velik

Andrew Lockwood

P J Warr in memory of Peter Gates

Elizabeth H Loftus

The Reverend Noel Whale

Chris and Anna Long

Edward and Patricia White

Shane Mackinlay

Deborah Whithear

Eleanor & Phillip Mancini

Terry Wills Cooke OAM and the late Marian Wills Cooke

Wayne McDonald and Kay Schroer Margaret Mcgrath Nigel and Debbie McGuckian Shirley A McKenzie John and Rosemary McLeod Don and Anne Meadows

Robert and Diana Wilson Richard Withers Shirley and Jeffrey Zajac Anonymous (18)

Dr Eric Meadows


Sylvia Miller

Margaret Abbey PSM

Anthomy and Anna Morton Timothy O’Connell Brendan O’Donnell Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James Roger Parker Ian Penboss Adriana and Sienna Pesavento Eli Raskin Jan and Keith Richards James Ring Dr Peter Rogers and Cathy Rogers OAM Dr Ronald and Elizabeth Rosanove Marie Rowland Dr Paul Schneider and Dr Margarita Silva-Schneider Elisabeth and Doug Scott Glenn Sedgwick Sparky Foundation Martin and Susan Shirley P Shore Hon Jim Short and Jan Rothwell Short John E Smith Dr Norman and Dr Sue Sonenberg Barry Spanger Dr Vaughan Speck Dr Peter Strickland Dr Joel Symons and Liora Symons Gavin Taylor Russell Taylor and Tara Obeyesekere Frank Tisher OAM and Dr Miriam Tisher Andrew and Penny Torok


Peter Lawrence

Jane Allan and Mark Redmond Mario M Anders Jenny Anderson Liz and Charles Baré Miriam Bass Heather and David Baxter Peter Berry and Amanda Quirk Dr William Birch AM Allen and Kathryn Bloom Melissa Bochner Graham and Mary Ann Bone Stephen Braida Linda Brennan R Brook Edwin Brumby Anita and Norman Bye Pamela M Carder Ian and Wilma Chapman Dr Catherine Cherry Cititec Systems Charmaine Collins Geoffrey Constable Marjorie Cornelius Dr Sheryl Coughlin and Paul Coughlin Gregory Crew Dr Daryl Daley and Nola Daley Michael Davies Nada Dickinson Bruce Dudon David and Dr Elizabeth Ebert Cynthia Edgell



Melissa and Aran Fitzgerald

Joy Manners

Brian Florence

Janice Mayfield

Simon Gaites

Wayne McDonald and Kay Schroer

Anthony Garvey and Estelle O’Callaghan

Dr Anne McDougall

Sandra Gillett and Jeremy Wilkins

Jennifer McKean

David and Geraldine Glenny

Dr Alan Meads and Sandra Boon

Hugo and Diane Goetze

Marie Misiurak

Pauline Goodison

Ann Moore

Louise Gourlay OAM

Kevin Morrish

Cindy Goy

Joan Mullumby

Christine Grenda

Adrian and Louise Nelson

Jason Grollo

Tania Nesbit

Dawn Hales

Rosemary O’Collins

Geoff Hayes

Jeremy O’Connor and Yoko Murakoshi

Cathy Henry

Conrad O’Donohue and Rosemary Kiss

Jim Hickey

Phil Parker

William Holder

Howard and Dorothy Parkinson

Clive and Joyce Hollands

Sarah Patterson

Roderick Home

Pauline and David Lawton

R A Hook

Adriana and Sienna Pesavento

Di and Courtney Horscroft

Wilma Plozza-Green

Peter Huntsman

Jane Powick

Geoff and Denise Illing

Kerryn Pratchett

Rob Jackson

Professor Charles Qin OAM and Kate Ritchie

Sandy Jenkins

Akshay Rao

Wendy Johnson

Professor John Rickard

Sue Johnston

Viorica Samson

Huw Jones

Carolyn Sanders

Fiona Keenan

Dr Nora Scheinkestel

Coralie Kennedy

Suzette Sherazee

Phillip Kidd

Dr Frank and Valerie Silberberg

Belinda and Alexandra King

Matt Sinclair

David Kneipp

Olga Skibina and Anastassia Korolev

Jane Kunstler

Brian Snape

Elizabeth-Anne Lane

Colin and Mary Squires

Paschalina Leach

Ruth Stringer

Jane Leitinger

Allan and Margaret Tempest

Dr Jenny Lewis

Reverend Angela Thomas

Dr Susan Linton

Amanda Watson

* The MSO has introduced a new tier to its annual Patron Program in recognition of the donors who supported the Orchestra during 2020, many for the first time. Moving forward, donors who make an annual gift of $500–$999 to the MSO will now be publicly recognised as an Overture Patron. For more information, please contact Donor Liaison, Keith Clancy on (03) 9929 9609 or clancyk@mso.com.au 28

Andrew Serpell

Angela Westacott

Jennifer Shepherd

Barry and Julie Wilkins

Suzette Sherazee

Fiona Woodard

Dr Gabriela and Dr George Stephenson

Dr Kelly and Dr Heathcote Wright

Pamela Swansson

Dr Susan Yell

Lillian Tarry

Daniel Yosua

Tam Vu and Dr Cherilyn Tillman

Anonymous (18)

Mr and Mrs R P Trebilcock

CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE Jenny Anderson David Angelovich G C Bawden and L de Kievit Lesley Bawden Joyce Bown Mrs Jenny Bruckner and the late Mr John Bruckner Ken Bullen Peter A Caldwell Luci and Ron Chambers Beryl Dean Sandra Dent Alan Egan JP Gunta Eglite Marguerite Garnon-Williams Drs L C Gruen and R W Wade Louis J Hamon AOM Carol Hay Graham Hogarth Rod Home Tony Howe Lindsay and Michael Jacombs Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James John Jones Grace Kass and the late George Kass Sylvia Lavelle Pauline and David Lawton Cameron Mowat Ruth Muir David Orr Matthew O’Sullivan Rosia Pasteur Penny Rawlins Joan P Robinson Anne Roussac-Hoyne and Neil Roussac Michael Ryan and Wendy Mead


Michael Webber and Ruth Fincher

Peter and Elisabeth Turner Michael Ulmer AO The Hon. Rosemary Varty Terry Wills Cooke OAM and the late Marian Wills Cooke Mark Young Anonymous (19) The MSO gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Estates: Norma Ruth Atwell Angela Beagley Christine Mary Bridgart The Cuming Bequest Margaret Davies Neilma Gantner The Hon Dr Alan Goldberg AO QC Enid Florence Hookey Gwen Hunt Family and Friends of James Jacoby Audrey Jenkins Joan Jones Pauline Marie Johnston C P Kemp Peter Forbes MacLaren Joan Winsome Maslen Lorraine Maxine Meldrum Prof Andrew McCredie Jean Moore Maxwell Schultz Miss Sheila Scotter AM MBE Marion A I H M Spence Molly Stephens Halinka Tarczynska-Fiddian Jennifer May Teague Albert Henry Ullin Jean Tweedie Herta and Fred B Vogel Dorothy Wood 29




Mary Armour


The Hon Michael Watt QC and Cecilie Hall

David Li AM

Tim and Lyn Edward

Di Jameson


Co-Deputy Chairs Helen Silver AO Managing Director

John and Lorraine Bates

Sophie Galaise

Colin Golvan AM QC and Dr Deborah Golvan

Board Directors Shane Buggle

Sascha O. Becker

Andrew Dudgeon AM

Elizabeth Proust AO and Brian Lawrence

Danny Gorog

The Kate and Stephen Shelmerdine Family Foundation

Lorraine Hook

Michael Ullmer AO and Jenny Ullmer

David Krasnostein AM

Jason Yeap OAM – Mering Management Corporation

Gary McPherson


Margaret Jackson AC

Hyon-Ju Newman Glenn Sedgwick Company Secretary Oliver Carton

Dr Marc Besen AC John Gandel AC and Pauline Gandel AC Sir Elton John CBE Harold Mitchell AC Lady Potter AC CMRI Jeanne Pratt AC Artistic Ambassadors Tan Dun Lu Siqing MSO Ambassador Geoffrey Rush AC The MSO honours the memory of Life Members Dr Eva Besen AO John Brockman OAM The Honourable Alan Goldberg AO QC Roger Riordan AM Ila Vanrenen

The MSO relies on your ongoing philanthropic support to sustain our artists, and support access, education, community engagement and more. We invite our supporters to get close to the MSO through a range of special events. The MSO welcomes your support at any level. Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible, and supporters are recognised as follows: $500+ (Overture) $1,000+ (Player) $2,500+ (Associate) $5,000+ (Principal) $10,000+ (Maestro) $20,000+ (Impresario) $50,000+ (Virtuoso)


$100,000+ (Platinum)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason Mid-Season Gala SATURDAY 30 JULY / 7.30pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Experience global sensation Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in his Australian debut with the MSO.

Proudly presented by MSO Premier Partner Ryman Healthcare In association with Andrew McKinnon Presentations


M S O.C O M . AU

Thank you to our Partners Principal Partner

Premier Partners

Education Partner

Venue Partner

Major Partners

Government Partners

Supporting Partners

Quest Southbank Ernst & Young Bows for Strings

Media and Broadcast Partners

Trusts and Foundations

Freemasons Foundation Victoria

Erica Foundation Pty Ltd, The Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation, John T Reid Charitable Trusts, Scobie & Claire Mackinnon Trust, Alan (AGL) Shaw Endowment managed by Perpetual Philanthropy, Sidney Myer MSO Trust Fund, The Ullmer Family Foundation

BEST SEAT in the house

As Principal Partner of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, we know the importance of delighting an audience. That’s why when you’re in Emirates First, you’ll enjoy the ultimate flying experience with fine dining at any time in your own private suite.

*Emirates First Class Private Suite pictured. For more information visit emirates.com/au, call 1300 303 777, or contact your local travel agent.