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Luka Lesson with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams
Poet Luka Lesson 
Composer Heather Shannon
Composer Gordon Hamilton

Hamilton Macquarie
Performed by Luka Lesson

World Premiere
Shannon Study in Morbid Fragments
Performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
World Premiere
Adams Chamber Symphony

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra joins forces with poet Luka Lesson, composer Heather Shannon (The Jezabels), composer Gordon Hamilton and conductor Sarah-Grace Williams for an evening of exhilarating new music for chamber orchestra.

Australian poet of Greek heritage, Luka Lesson applies his unique blend of performance poetry and lyricism; dissecting the legacy and effect left by Major General Lachlan Macquarie on the Australian communities, in a collaboration with composer Gordon Hamilton, who is co-creator of several previous hit shows for Queensland Symphony Orchestra with beatboxer Tom Thum and producer Sampology.

Next up is a work by classically-trained rock star composer Heather Shannon, titled Study in Morbid Fragments, which explores the struggle between the truths and falsehoods told by those in power. Alongside her ARIA award-winning work with The Jezabels, Heather Shannon has composed film music, orchestral works and chamber music. This is her first collaboration with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Closing the show is American composer John Adams’ contemporary classic Chamber Symphony, written way back in 1992. Inspired by Schoenberg’s work of the same name and the hyperactive music of old school 1950s children’s cartoons, John Adams’ music will send you home on a high!

"Luka is a genuine artist of high quality whose poetry is powerful and poignant. I salute his prophetic witness!"
- Dr Cornel West

* Heather Shannon has composed Study in Morbid Fragments, but will not be performing with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson is an Australian writer, spoken word performer and cultural changemaker of Greek heritage. With five years of international touring, 13 Writers’ Festivals, 10 years of workshop experience and writing under his belt, Luka...
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Heather Shannon

Heather Shannon is a brilliant and dynamic musician. After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor in Piano Performance, she became best known for her work as one quarter of internationally renowned...
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Gordon Hamilton

Having freelanced for five years in Germany, composer and conductor Gordon Hamilton moved back to his homeland in 2009 to take over as Artistic Director of one of Australia’s foremost vocal ensembles, The Australian Voices...
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Sarah-Grace Williams

A Churchill Fellow boasting a remarkable local and international conducting career, Sarah-Grace Williams has conducted more than 300 performances over the past six years, including appearances with the Queensland, Adelaide, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony...
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