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Southern Cross Soloists: O’Boyle, Gifford & Avery

Wed 8 February @ 19:00 - 21:00

$45 – $55

The performance by Southern Cross Soloists explores the rich astronomical traditions of Australia’s First Nations’ people over the past 65,000 years, believed to be the oldest practice of astronomy in the world. SXS together with Paula Nazarski and Chris Williams present new works by First Nations’ composers Brenda Gifford, Eric Avery and Sean O’Boyle AM in a concert of Australian works inspired by the night sky and the Seven Sister constellation.

Through a unique understanding of star constellations and the interconnection between the sky and the land, they created star maps and songlines that established sophisticated trade routes covering vast distances across the Australian continent and used astronomy to inform their daily lives including their social laws, hunting and food gathering techniques, and understanding of weather and seasonal changes.

This celestial knowledge and deep understanding of the land has been aurally passed down from generation to generation through sophisticated systems, stories and songlines, marking the continuity and intricacy of the oldest culture in the world.

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Wed 8 February
19:00 - 21:00
$45 – $55
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Melbourne Recital Centre – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Southbank Boulevard
Melbourne, Vic Australia
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