MSO and Dan Sultan unite for NAIDOC Week celebration

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MSO and Dan Sultan unite for NAIDOC Week celebration

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Words by Staff Writer

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is set to dazzle audiences during NAIDOC Week with a special performance featuring renowned singer-songwriter Dan Sultan.

The event commemorates the 10th anniversary of Dan Sultan’s acclaimed album, “Blackbird.” Scheduled for Friday, 12th July at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, the concert promises an unforgettable evening of music and celebration.

Sultan, a recipient of multiple ARIA Awards, including seven across six categories, brings his signature blend of rock, soul, and country to the stage. Joined by the MSO under the baton of conductor Aaron Wyatt, Sultan will deliver a captivating performance featuring tracks from “Blackbird” alongside hits from his illustrious career.

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The album “Blackbird,” recorded at Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird Studios, resonated with audiences upon its release in April 2014, achieving gold certification and earning critical acclaim. With powerful riffs, soulful jams, and heartfelt ballads, the album showcased Sultan’s talent as both a songwriter and performer.

Accompanying Sultan’s performance, the MSO will present orchestral arrangements of his songs crafted by composer Alex Turley. Additionally, the Hamer Hall auditorium will be adorned with original artwork by Jarra Karalinar Steel, Sultan’s longtime collaborator.


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Reflecting on the significance of the album’s anniversary, Sultan expressed his excitement at reuniting with the MSO for this special occasion. He described the experience of creating “Blackbird” as a profound journey and expressed confidence in delivering another memorable performance with the orchestra.

“I loved the experience of making Blackbird. I spent 2 months in Nashville and worked with an incredible producer in Jacquire King and was able to take my band with me, Pete Marin and Josh Jones. We all had a wonderful time together and made something really special. It was a huge adventure and something I’ll always cherish. To bring this music to the MSO is a huge honour and a big challenge that I’m very excited about. I think we will make something very special once again.”

The NAIDOC Week concert serves as a highlight of the cultural calendar, celebrating Indigenous heritage and artistic excellence.

In addition to the concert, Sultan announced the release of a limited edition 10 Year Anniversary vinyl pressing of “Blackbird,” set to be released on 26th April via Liberation Records. This exclusive release, featuring a fresh layout and signed by Sultan himself, offers fans a chance to own a piece of music history.

Don’t miss this extraordinary collaboration between Dan Sultan and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as they come together to celebrate the enduring legacy of “Blackbird” and showcase the richness of Indigenous culture through music.

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