SSO members and new works

the common circle casula powerhouse sso players

Sunday 22 September


Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre


the common circle

A dynamic afternoon of heightened celebration as the festival comes to a transcendent close.

In the superb acoustic space of the Turbine Hall, our program includes a soulful selection of sacred chant and two exciting new works by young composers Rhys Little and Butros Tourky.

Featuring Leonid Volovelsky (viola) and Noriko Shimada (principal contrabassoon), two of the finest performers from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Judgment of Paris Recorder Ensemble (Sydney Conservatorium of Music); and Amy McCarthy’s newly established Sydney Trombone Choir.

In partnership with Casula Powerhouse and Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Noriko Shimada - Principal Contrabassoon SSO

Noriko Shimada joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Principal Contrabassoon in 2002. In addition to her work with the SSO, she continues to be involved in contemporary music performance and appears regularly with various Australian groups including Elision Ensemble. She also teaches the fagottino, a small bassoon designed especially for young children.

Leonid Volovelsky - Viola SSO

Member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1986

Rhys Little - composer

Rhys Little (b.1998) is a Sydney Based composer, performer and conductor with a young but packed-full career in many sides of the music industry.  An alumni of the Conservatorium High School, he is currently studying composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) under the tutelage of Liza Lim.

Rhys’s work as a composer overlaps many genres of ‘classical’ music, to the point that no two works are the same. His work is at once modernist, romantic, sonorist, calm, agitated, structured, free and always unyieldingly humanist. Some pieces are multimodal, involving spoken text and electronics, where others are purely acoustic.  All of Rhys’s music is concerned, at some level, with questions of human existence and experience, which is likely the basis of its diversity of styles.

Rhys has worked with Sydney Chamber Opera, and Sydney Conservatorium Ensembles as a composer, conductor, euphonium/trombonist, and sung with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. He is a founding member student-run new music initiative Konzertprojekt, which recently presented a series of concerts for VIVID Sydney 2019.

Rhys has been privileged to learn from leading Australian musical figures including: Paul Stanhope, Michael Smetanin, Damien Ricketson, Carl Vine, the late Richard Gill, Damien Barbeller, Gerard Brophy, Sandy Evans, Ivan Zavada, and others. Of particular importance is the tutelage and ongoing mentorship of Jack Symonds and Huw Belling (Sydney Chamber Opera).

Rhys is a vanguard of the new generation of ‘classical’ musicians, intent on breathing new life into the ancient art of ‘classical’ music.