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Canberra Symphony Orchestra | Jayson Gillham in Recital

19 September 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST

$30 – $45

The sublime vastness of the heavens stirred a particular awe in the hearts of Romantics, among them Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov. His poem, The Angel, is a vision of a celestial being carrying a babe to earth, borne on the wings of a perfect song. Alexander Scriabin was so moved by the night sky that he penned a lengthy poem describing the wondrous allure of a star, “Lost afar and yet distinct.”

In the program note for his second piano sonata, Nigel Westlake describes one of his approaches to composition: “[I] imagine the performer on the concert platform, poised ready to play, then if I listen really carefully I can actually hear the piece I am about to write, or at least bits of it, in my inner ear.”

Like stargazing, there’s something powerful and effortless in this act of creative listening.


Jayson Gillham Piano



Nikolai Medtner
8 Stimmungsbilder, op. 1: 1. Prologue: Andante cantabile, ‘The Angel’

Alexander Scriabin
Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, op. 30

Nigel Westlake
Piano Sonata No. 2

Frédéric Chopin
Seven etudes from op. 25: No. 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12

Image: Gerard Collett



19 September 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$30 – $45
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Gandel Hall
National Gallery of Australia, 30 Parkes Place East
Parkes, ACT 2600 Australia
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