Nomadic Night

Deborah Cheetham, Toni Lalich & Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Songs of Belonging

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Location: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, view access map
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Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham maintains a busy international career as a soprano, composer and Artistic Director and has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape. After graduating of the Sydney Conservatorium of music and creating her first major work, White Baptist Abba Fan, Deborah Cheetham established in 2009 Short Black Opera, as a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous singers in Australia. The following year she produced her first opera, Pecan Summer, and this landmark work was Australia’s first Indigenous opera. She has composed three operas, numerous orchestral and choral pieces, the Woven Song suite, several chamber music pieces and two sonic artworks. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). In 2020, Deborah Cheetham was Composer-in-residence for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and commenced her appointment as Professor of Music practice at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. She was appointed as the inaugural First Nations Chair of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2021.

Toni Lalich has worked as an accompanist in Melbourne for the past 25 years, performing with professional singers and instrumentalists. After completing her undergraduate studies in Western Australia, Toni studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. On her return to Australia, she completed her Post Graduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2011, Toni commenced the position of Company Manager for Short Black Opera and continues with her role as company vocal coach. Established in 2009 by Deborah Cheetham, Short Black Opera is a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous singers. In 2019, Toni Lalich received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the performing arts, particularly music.

Chineke! Foundation was founded in 2015 by the double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku CBE to provide career opportunities for established and up-and-coming Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s mission is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The Foundation's flagship ensemble, Chineke! Orchestra, is Europe's first majority Black and ethnically diverse professional orchestra. two years after the orchestra, the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble comprises the principal players of the Chineke! Orchestra.

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Regular admission
12€ (13€ on site)
Reduced admission

Conditions of reduced admission.

Students, "carte Senior", "carte famille nombreuse", unemployed, Maison des Artistes.

8€ (9€ on site)

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Additional information

Estimated duration: 1h10 (concert: 40 min + discussion: 30 min).
Doors open at 7pm.
Seated concert, subject to availability.
Discussion in English, consecutive translation in French.
Nomadic Nights begin at the time indicated: latecomers will only be allowed entry if this does not disturb the show.
This event will be filmed by the team of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain to be broadcast on its websites and social media. The public is likely to appear in these images.
The exhibition Mirdidingkingathii Juwarnda Sally Gabori will not be accessible during the Nomadic Night.