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A revised score of Sir Jonathan Mills’ acclaimed Ethereal Eye will be performed as part of Cultural Collisions, the University of Melbourne’s contribution to the 2016 Melbourne Festival.

The work is a musical homage to work of renowned American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, most noted for their design of Canberra.

The concert will be presented in the dining hall at the University’s Newman College, which the Griffins also designed.

Sir Jonathan Mills is an award-winning, Australian-born composer, pianist and former artistic director of the Edinburgh Festival, who also trained as an architect.

His work spans the fields of opera, ballet, concerto and chamber music.

He said he was delighted Ethereal Eye will finally be presented in a Griffin building.

“In the best sense it represents a homecoming, and a chance to imagine how my music might resonate through the spatial contours of one of the very few public spaces which Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony managed to design and build in Australia.”

Sir Jonathan Mills will be in Australia from September 27 and is available for interview.

Ethereal Eye will be presented at Newman College, 87 Swanston Street, Parkville, on 15 October at 8pm and 9pm and on 22 October at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Tickets $28.00.