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Bushfires, desert sand and heritage entwine in an evening of music with William Barton and the Australian String Quartet (ASQ).

The ARIA-winning digeridoo player and composer will reunite with the Adelaide-based ASQ for a program inspired by the land and its stories, featuring music composed by Barton himself.

Along with works from Australian composers Peter SculthorpeSarah Hopkins and a world premiere from Natalie Williams, Barton and the ASQ will also perform the score to their seminal collaboration Square Circles Beneath the Red Desert Sand. The work draws on the spirits of Barton’s homeland on Kalkadunga Country (Mt Isa) and seeks out the common resonances between two musical traditions that evolved on opposite sides of the world.

This work will also appear as the soundtrack to Square Circles VR

"I’m doing what I love. I want to take the oldest culture in the world and blend it with Europe’s rich musical legacy. "
— William Barton in ABC Classic


Wed 21 July


128 King William St


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Wheelchair Access

Please call Illuminate Adelaide on 1300 496 623 to book an accessible seat. Wheelchair Accessible. Accessible toilets are located in the Northern Gallery and outside the Banqueting Room. There is a lift on the ground floor which stops at all levels.



60 mins


Warning: This performance includes a viewing of the short film Black Summer by Natalie Williams. Black Summer contains historical reportage of bushfires, and their resultant devastation, from across Australia. Some viewers may find this content confronting. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this performance may contain images of deceased persons.

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Patrons will be required to wear a mask for this event.

Concession: Children (under 18); patrons holding Pensioner Concession Card, Centrelink Health Care card, Seniors Card or Veteran Card, and Full-time students.

Companion Card booking info can be found here.

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