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Metamorphosis

THE DARWIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (DSO) returns to The Playhouse at Darwin Entertainment Centre (DEC) to present Metamorphosis – two vibrant and engaging chamber music concerts presented over two days as part of the 2020 Darwin Festival.

Creatives around the world have had to revisit and adapt to new ways of presenting their craft in 2020. The appropriately titled Metamorphosis concert program is reflective of the DSO’s need to shift and readjust during this time, transforming their regular largescale concerts into another format, these performances capturing the unique energy and intimacy of chamber music.

Metamorphosis features works by Mozart, Bach and Shostakovich, as  well as Richard Strauss’s ‘Metamorphosen’ for 23 strings. The second of the two concerts features the world premiere of renowned Darwin composer Cathy Applegate’s ‘Conversations about the Impossible’, inspired by local artist Kate Eagle’s surreal painting of a fox and a mermaid having a serious yarn on a verandah. Applegate has responded to this artwork by creating a quirky musical conversation in which ideas and gestures are discussed amongst five players.

The DSO’s return to the Darwin Entertainment Centre stage – for the second time in 2020 – is more exciting news. The Orchestra returned to its original home after seven years in March, and managed just one concert before live performances were brought to a grinding halt.

Despite the stop-start nature of 2020, DSO General Manager Kate Stephens says the players are again keen to return.

“Returning to Darwin Entertainment Centre is an exciting move for us. It’s great to be back in a dedicated performing arts space that can really enhance DSO’s sound," she says.

“We are really delighted that Darwin Entertainment Centre have invested in brand new acoustic sound shells, which will make a big difference and will allow the beautiful music we play to resonate and fill the space.”

Don’t miss your chance to see some of Darwin’s finest musicians perform at DEC for DF20 Homegrown.


Metamorphosis I
WHEN SAT 8 AUG | 7PM

Metamorphosis II
WHEN SUN 9 AUG | 2PM

AT THE PLAYHOUSE, DARWIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
COST $20-$45
INFO dso.org.au | darwinfestival.org.au

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