Musical Encounters HERO

Encounters with Music

ACO and the Wheeler Centre present a quartet of talks featuring defining Australian figures discussing the role of music in their life and work.


In this new series presented by the ACO and the Wheeler Centre and held exclusively at ACO Pier 2/3, a quartet of defining Australian figures join Fenella Kernebone for revealing one-on-one discussions about the role of music in their life and work.

Leigh Sales AM was until recently the anchor of the ABC’s primetime current affairs program 7.30, and is the author of four books and host of the wildly popular podcast Chat 10 Looks 3 with Annabel Crabb. Bill Henson’s photographs have been exhibited across the world for over four decades and are held in every public collection in Australia. Helen Garner’s books – including The Children’s Bach, This House of Grief and Yellow Notebook – earned the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2019 as well as a legion of dedicated fans at home and abroad. And distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman recognised for her work in Indigenous education, the law and arts. She is the Associate Dean (Indigenous Research) at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney and host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.

All four hold in common a deep and lifelong love of music, and they’ll reveal the pieces that have accompanied their lives and inspired their work.


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Encounters with Music: Leigh Sales AM in Conversation
19 October 2022, 6.30pm

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Encounters with Music: Larissa Behrendt in Conversation
25 October 2022, 6.30pm

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Encounters with Music: Helen Garner in Conversation
17 November 2022, 6.30pm

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Encounters with Music: Bill Henson in Conversation
2 December 2022, 6.30pm

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