Canberra Symphony Orchestra
In what promises to be a feast for the senses, the National Portrait Gallery and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra present the inaugural Australian Series; three unique programs of cutting-edge home-grown musical composition which are curated to compliment special exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery.
The Australian Series has been conceived by Prof. Matthew Hindson AM, the brilliant Australian composer and Head of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, who will curate and compere each performance. Following each hour-long concert there will be a private after-hours viewing of the feature exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
‘Companion Pieces’ is the first of the three Australian Series programs. The program features the Arcadia Wind Quintet performing music that has been paired with the warm and joyous exhibition The Popular Pet Show.
Tickets are $45, which includes both entry to the concert as well as the private after-hours viewing of the exhibition. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Canberra Symphony Orchestra website.
The Popular Pet Show
The Popular Pet Show expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and celebrates their trusting, unpretentious ways.
The exhibition includes portraits of Australians and their furry, feathered and fluffy friends by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney, Kristin Headlam, Shen Jiawei, Jude Rae, William Robinson, Janet Dawson and Davida Allen.
Collection display galleries
The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.Entry is free.