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27 March 2009

ABC Classic FM Highlights - April 2009

ABC Classic FM Highlights - April 2009

In April on ABC Classic FM we’re broadcasting a number of world premieres, including substantial Australian works by Richard Mills, Stuart Greenbaum and Nigel Butterley, an international collaboration by Synergy Percussion, and numerous short works by young and emerging Australian composers. Meanwhile, the AMU podcast presents recorded highlights from last year’s Melbourne Biennale of Exploratory Music, and more recordings of classic Australian compositions are available at www.abc.net.au/classic/amp, now including increasingly valuable links with the AMC’s own greatly-expanded web presence. And we wrap the month with the beginning of our network celebrations of Peter Sculthorpe’s 80th birthday.

In Performance

Saturday 4 April 8pm Ten Days on the Island Festival
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; David Nuttall, oboe; Aivale Cole, soprano; Rachelle Durkin, soprano; Elizabeth Campbell, mezzo-soprano; Charles Mellor, tenor; Harry Peeters, baritone; TSO Chorus; Richard Mills, conductor.
Featuring Richard Mills Passion according to St Mark (world premiere)

Saturday 18 April 9pm New Music Network: Zubin Kanga, piano
Incl. Ian Shanahan Arc of Light; Daniel Rojas Danza de Montañas (Australian premiere); Damien Ricketson Porphyrius’ Shuffle (Australian premiere); Michael Smetanin Stroke

Monday 20 April 8pm Sydney Omega Ensemble
Incl. Stuart Greenbaum Chamber Concerto for flute and percussion (world premiere)

Saturday 25 April 8pm Sydney Chamber Choir; Megan Cronin, soprano; Belinda Montgomery, soprano; John Pitman, tenor; Joseph Toltz, tenor; Linda Kent, organ; Roland Peelman, conductor.
Incl. Jennifer Fowler When David heard; Nigel Butterley Beni Avshalom (world premiere)

New Music Up Late

Saturday 4 April 10.30pm Swiss-Australian collaboration
Tonight, New Music Up Late heads to Sydney’s Carriageworks to catch Swiss percussion virtuoso composer/improviser Fritz Hauser performing with Australia's Synergy Percussion. On the menu is a program of all new works created in a collaborative process between the ensemble and Hauser, and presented as part of the New Music Network 2008 concert series.

Saturday 11 April 10.30pm Off The Record
Tonight we invite a special guest Australian artist to share their views on new music and the works that matter to them.

Saturday 25 April 10.30pm Learning the ropes
Who writes scores for orchestras and chamber ensembles these days and how do they get started? Tonight we hear music from a range of emerging voices in recent composer development programs with the TSO, Orchestra Victoria, Ensemble Offspring and The Song Company among others.

Sunday Feature

Sunday 26 April 2.00pm A Child of Australia: Peter Sculthorpe at 80
Produced and presented by Julian Day
Drawing together our ties to Indigenous culture, the music of Asia and our colonial past, Peter Sculthorpe has dedicated his life to shaping a unique Australian outlook. This afternoon we begin a three-week on-air celebration of this much-loved composer, who turns 80 on Wednesday 29th April. From his idyllic childhood in Launceston, Tasmania, through his Oxford and Yale years and his ongoing Sydney base, we trace the life so far of this iconic man through excerpts of his music and interviews with close colleagues and friends.

Sunday Live

Direct broadcasts from Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University School of Music, ACT. Concert-goers in Canberra are welcome. Please be seated by 2.50pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm. Entry is free.

Sunday 5 April 3.00pm Louise Page, soprano; Teresa Rabe, flute; Phillipa Candy, piano.
Incl. Anne Boyd Bali Moods I; Goldfish through Summer rain

Sunday 19 April 3.00pm The Mike Price Trio
Incl. Mike Price The Plot; Trip to Peekskill; The Gong; Offbreak

At Home

Australian music from disc with Julian Day
Saturdays at 7.05pm

4 April
Bruce Crossman In Gentleness and Suddenness; Carl Vine Pipe Dreams; Dorian Le Gallienne Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; Michael Leighton Jones Irish Blessing; Percy Grainger Irish Tune from County Derry; Robert Davidson Tyalgum; Carl Vine Red Blues

11 April
Paul Stanhope The Arch Window; Machinations; Little Piano Pieces; Geography Songs; Throb

18 April
Ross Edwards Yanada; Ross Edwards Oboe Concerto; Dan Walker Laudate for Another Place, Another Time; Vincent Plush Bakery Hill Rising; Peter Sculthorpe From Kakadu

25 April
Peter Sculthorpe Small Town; Mangrove; Djilile; String Quartet No 8; Simori - 'Wani'


Wednesday 1 April 1.05pm Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
David Thomas, clarinet; Nicholas Milton, conductor
Incl. Ross Edwards Clarinet Concerto; Richard Meale Cantilena Pacifica

Other substantial Australian works from CD on weekday afternoons this month –

Friday 3 April 3pm
Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba; Overture to an Italian Comedy; Romantic Fantasy; Le Tombeau de Ravel

Wednesday 22 April 1.05pm
John Carmichael Piano Quartet (Sea Changes)

Up Late

Up Late with Simon Healy this month, from 10.30pm on weekdays, features a number of Australian heritage works as well as music by Gerard Brophy.

Wednesday 1 April: Peggy Glanville-Hicks Etruscan Concerto
Thursday 2 April: Alfred Hill String Quartet No 8 in A
Thursday 16 April: Arthur Benjamin Sonatina for violin and piano
Wednesday 29 April: Gerard Brophy Mantras

Just Classics

Just Classics with Damien Beaumont, from 11am on weekdays, features Australian music, including substantial heritage works.

Tuesday 7 April
Malcolm Williamson Our Man in Havana: Suite

Wednesday 8 April
Charles Mackerras, after Verdi The Lady and The Fool

Thursday 9 April
Ronald Hanmer Blue Hills Rhapsody; Ian Munro Blue Rags: Tromba Blues

Wednesday 15 April
Eric Gross Dusekiana

Tuesday 21 April
Percy Grainger Suite on Danish Folk Songs

Friday 24 April
Colin Brumby Bassoon Concerto


Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, and online Australian music presentation. Since 2006, he has been co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program. Recent on-line projects include the AMU podcast, Orpheus Remix Awards, Lute Project and classic/amp.


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