Light in Winter Festival

Australian guitarist Doug de Vries joins the NPCO as guest soloist for a festive and fiery evening of Brazilian inspired music at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on Wednesday 17th June as part of The Light in Winter Festival.


Doug de Vries is one of Australia’s foremost guitarists and a leading exponent of Brazilian guitar repertoire. His performance credits in the Brazilian music scene are exemplary, having performed and recorded with Yamandu Costa, Hermeto Pascoal, Mauricio Carrilho, Luciana Rabello, Jorginho do Pandeiro, Ronaldo do Bandolim, Paulo Aragao, Proveta and Lula Galvao.


Watch Doug performing his composition ‘Hummingbird’ here


His concert with the NPCO will feature music from and inspired by Brazil and South America including compositions by de Vries and NPCO Artistic Director Gemma Turvey, alongside traditional choros, sambas and bossa novas.


The concert is part of the NPCO’s Bridging Traditions Series, and is being presented as part of Federation Square’s annual program, The Light in Winter, which will warm Melbourne’s heart with art, music and performance from 1 – 21 June 2015.


“Our Bridging Traditions series is about creating a beautiful, memorable audience experience which celebrates local musicians and music from a variety of different genres,” says Gemma. “Doug’s concert with us promises to be a bright light in winter both musically and visually, and we’re asking everyone attending to get into the carnival spirit and wear some colour!”


Concerts in the Bridging Traditions series bridge influences from classical to Celtic, Latin and jazz traditions, showcasing original compositions by Australian composers including Gemma Turvey and performing guest artists – trumpeter Gianni Marinucci (March 19th), guitarist Doug de Vries (June 17th), and vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne (September 10th). Concerts also include arrangements of jazz standards, traditional folk tunes and classical works.


Concert Summary

Wednesday 17th June 7:30pm

Doug de Vries – Guitar

Artistic Director Gemma Turvey

Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Tickets $60 full / $48 concession  Book online at