This Thursday, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra invites audiences to experience a very special online performance of Deborah Cheetham’s Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace.

Written and composed by the acclaimed Deborah Cheetham AO, Yorta Yorta soprano, and MSO Composer in Residence, this requiem for peace is sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people.

The sold-out performance, recorded in 2019, features Deborah Cheetham AO; Linda Barcan, mezzo soprano; Don Bemrose, baritone (Gungarri); MSO Chorus; Dhungala Children’s Choir; Masters students from Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and young talent from Melbourne Youth Orchestras, conducted by Benjamin Northey.

Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace brings into focus a period of Australia’s history based on the Resistance Wars southwest of Melbourne between 1840-1863.

MSO First Violin Sarah Curro worked alongside Deborah Cheetham and musicians to present the Bunwurrang acknowledgement of country, Long Time Living Here which is performed at the start of MSO concerts.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents Thursday Night (in) with the Symphony
Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace
Thursday 23 April, 7.30pm
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