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Sensory Concert

22 August 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am AEST

Sensory Concerts® is the brainchild of Grace Kim: a concert pianist and a mother with a fierce determination to make quality music accessible to all, without fear of social judgement. When her oldest son was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, noticed there was a lack of live high-quality concert opportunities for families with sensory and additional needs, commonly associated with Autism, ADHD, physical and intellectual disabilities.

In 2017, she piloted her first Sensory Concerts® – with small numbers, various sensory-friendly seating options, retreat space, freedom of movement, and onsite therapist support. The music is designed to calm the senses and contain elements that are known to be attractive to those on the Autism spectrum. Performed by acclaimed musicians, patrons could experience “Opera House” standard performances up close and personal.

The concerts are designed to satisfy both first-timers and seasoned concert goers alike.

Since the successful pilot concert, the demand for Sensory Concerts® has been growing. Presenting throughout regional and metropolitan NSW, Melbourne, and Adelaide, they produced their first CD thanks to the support of the ING Dreamstarter crowdfunding campaign.

COVID pandemic has paused all their concert activities, so  Melbourne Digital Concert Hall has taken this opportunity to bring you their most popular program presented by creative director Grace Kim, joined by cellist Teije Hylkema (Principal Cello, Opera Australia Orchestra) and Kees Boersma (Principal Double Bass, Sydney Symphony Orchestra).

PROGRAM

Bach – “Prelude” from Well Tempered Clavier BWV 846

Barrière – Allegro prestissimo from Sonata No. 4 (Duet) in G Major

Bizet – “Habanera” from Carmen

Rimsky Korsakov – Flight of the Bumblebee

Shostakovich – “Prelude” and “Waltz” from 5 Pieces

Rossini – Allegro zingarese from Duet for cello and double bass

Schfrin – Theme from “Mission: Impossible”