Presented by Southern Cross Soloists and QPAC in association with Queensland Music Festival              

Chris Williams (trumpet and didgeridoo)

Navigation is one of the greatest challenges that humans have faced since the beginning of time, although with today’s technology we take it for granted. However, it actually took centuries of trial and error for man to find ways to navigate the world we live in through charting the sea, the land and the sky. Long before Europeans set foot on Australian soil, Indigenous Australians had rich astronomical traditions, and extraordinary navigational abilities. Through their unique understanding of the star constellations and their creation of star maps and Songlines, they were able to establish sophisticated trade routes covering vast distances across the Australian continent. Likewise, European explorers were using star navigation to explore the unknown east and southern oceans. Maps and Journeys will explore the routes of both these cultures and their eventual intersection. The concert will also feature a world premiere of a new work called Ginan: the Southern Cross star given a new Indigenous name to recognise Aboriginal astronomy.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Ed Ayres has had to withdraw as narrator for Maps and Journeys. However, we are delighted to announce that another ABC presenter Lucas Burns will be joining us in this role.



VIVALDI La Tempesta di Mare RV433
RAVEL Miroirs No.3: Une barque sur l'océan
JOHN ROTAR Ginan: Songs of Knowledge (world premiere)
DEBUSSY/JOLIVET/SCULTHORPE Terra, Luna, Astra: selections of solo instrumental works
KHACHATURIAN Adagio from Spartacus
DEBUSSY La Mer L.109

Concert Information


Sunday 21 July 2019, 3 PM
Concert Hall (Reverse Mode) QPAC
90 minutes (no interval)


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