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Symphony Central Coast - Celestial Emu
25 June

Celestial Emu

CCGS Performing Arts Center, Erina Heights

Presented by Symphony Central Coast in association with 5 Lands Walk
First Nations Sky Knowledge

Ended on Sunday, 25 June 2023

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, holds a significant place in the traditions of First Nations cultures across Australia – in particular, the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples in northern and north-western New South Wales.

Symphony Central Coast Artistic Director and Conductor Steven Stanke worked closely with Kamilaroi and Euahlayi law man Michael ‘Ghillar' Anderson to create a respectful and moving orchestral and choral tribute to the sky knowledge that is the Celestial Emu and how it relates to the life cycle of the Emu on earth.
Found in the dark spaces in the Milky Way, the Celestial Emu changes position in the early evening sky, depending on the season, as the earth rotates around the Sun. As the Emu changes position, it alters in appearance, which connect to earthly culture and resources – emu mating, availability of eggs, maturation of the young and the summer dry. This world premiere will be performed by orchestra, women's choir and girls' choir, and narrator.

Also on the program is Eleanor Gilbert's ground-breaking film Star Stories of the Dreaming, an extended interview with ‘Ghillar' where he tells, in detail, the story and meaning of the Emu in the Sky.

This concert will feature as the closing concert of the 5 Lands Walk weekend, so please enjoy the Opening Ceremony at Avoca Beach on Friday night, the walk on Saturday and this special presentation on Sunday.


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