Canberra Symphony Orchestra plays tribute to Richard Gill AO

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will perform a moving tribute to its late artistic director and chief conductor, Richard Gill AO (1941-2018), at its Opera Gala on May 18, from 7.30pm, at Llewellyn Hall ANU.

Richard Gill AO was the CSO's artistic director and chief conductor from 2001 to 2005; pictured here in September 2017 with musicians Nicole van Bruggen and Rachael Beesley.

Richard Gill AO was the CSO's artistic director and chief conductor from 2001 to 2005; pictured here in September 2017 with musicians Nicole van Bruggen and Rachael Beesley.

Gill was due to conduct this year's Opera Gala, but Jessica Cottis will instead lead the orchestra on an operatic journey from Monteverdi to Sondheim, with soprano Jacqueline Porter and bass-baritone Jeremy Keelamn, in his honour. 

The gala will have audiences "laughing, sighing and swooning", the CSO said, to excerpts from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro to Micaëla's heartbreaking aria in Carmen, and much more.

"He programmed it exactly as it will be heard and I had the pleasure to have many conversations with him about his ideas for this concert," the CSO's chief conductor and artistic director, Nicholas Milton, said.

Gill was the inaugural artistic director and chief conductor of the CSO and held the position from 2001 until 2005.

He made his first appearance at a fundraising concert in September of 2001 at which he and the orchestra's musicians donated their services.

"The CSO would not exist in its present form were it not for the love and dedication that Richard poured into our organisation, and we mourn his loss deeply," Mr Milton said.

For more information or to purchase a ticket (prices range from $29 to $95) visit cso.org.au or call 6262 6772.