First hearing: Adelaide Symphony’s collaborative “Floods of Fire,” addressing impact of climate change

Posted on: October 12, 2021

“The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has revealed Floods of Fire, a series of collaborative compositions that tell the stories of numerous South Australian communities, their environment and the impacts of climate change,” writes Hugh Robertson in Monday’s (10/11) Limelight Magazine (Australia). “The actual performance outcomes are arguably less important than the devising process. The orchestra’s Managing Director, Vincent Ciccarello, said that the process was important to allow South Australians to come to terms with the devastating fires and then floods of 2019/2020 … through a process of storytelling and cultural exchange…. Floods of Fire was developed over the course of 12 months with [multiple] South Australian organizations … and musicians from a vast spectrum of cultural backgrounds and artforms … joined by [multiple] composers…. Audiences will get their first taste of the project at the ASO’s Festival of Orchestra (FOFO) in November.… 2022 is being targeted for a performance of the complete work/s…. ‘Music is a great art form for telling stories,’ says ASO Associate Principal Trumpet Martin Phillipson … one of the thousands that fled Mallacoota as ravaging bushfires hit Gippsland in January 2020…. Phillipson described the Floods of Fire community workshops as ‘a humbling experience.’ ”