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The Sounds of Silence
In celebration of the International Day of Yoga on the Winter Solstice in 2019, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is presenting a concert with a difference. Silence, as performed by the ASO, is a meditation and symphony concert in one. The audience will be encouraged to rest on yoga mats or to sit back and relax in near darkness for this unique event.
Musicians in the western world know that there are 12 notes in the musical alphabet. There is, however, the seldom acknowledged 13th note. Yet it has always existed, and some of our greatest composers have used it to astonishing effect. The space between the two sets of four notes in the opening bars of Beethoven's iconic 5th Symphony is that 13th note. The name of that note is silence.
As zero is to maths, silence is to music. Silence is everywhere but hidden. It is both peaceful and discomforting. All sensory stimuli are dependent on their opposites for their existence; heat needs cold, rough needs smooth, and so on. This concert extends the paradox, demonstrating how the world of silence can only be accessed through sound.
Silence, as performed by the ASO, will be a time of meditation and symphony concert in one. The 60-minute event, with no interval, features 43 ASO musicians playing works by Debussy, Grieg, Elgar and Fauré. It culminates with one of the 20th Century's most disconcerting, and rarely played compositions, 4' 33" by John Cage.
Rather than mindfulness meditation on the breath, the music itself becomes the object of meditation. Through the music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, the audience finally enters the peaceful, yet discomforting world of silence. Audiences will never listen or hear, the same again. This unusual event is not to be missed. A special Adelaide premiere.
Friday, June 21 performances at 1pm & 6pm Tickets - $50 - $60. 91 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000