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30 November 2007

ABC Classic FM Highlights - December 2007

Stephen Adams Image: Stephen Adams  

December on ABC Classic FM opens with the on-air launch of the Orpheus Remix Awards, featuring six newly created radio works by Australian composers and sound artists and a call for entries to a competition to make new musico-dramatic radio works (go to www.abc.net.au/orpheus for details).

At the other end of the month is the world premiere of a new Paul Stanhope work by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and New Music Up Late’s retrospective on the year’s recorded highlights, including new CD releases and ABC recordings of Australian music.

In between, weekends are looking good this month with the premiere of the Ross Edwards Clarinet Concerto in Weekend Life, and Saturday Session, Rising Stars and Sunday Live all presenting a number of new recordings of Australian compositions.

And don’t forget to subscribe to the ABC Classic FM Australian Music podcast for weekly deliveries of new Australian music to your computer @ www.abc.net.au/classic/australianmusic/

New Music Up Late with Julian Day  

Saturday 1 December 10.30pm

Orpheus 2007: New Music From The Underworld
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Monterverdi's L'Orfeo – the world’s first opera – we launch a competition for new 4-minute operas for radio. We also premiere special Orpheus commissions from various Australian composers and sound artists and explore the possibilities of ‘opera’ in today’s culture.

Saturday 22 December 10.30pm

Christmas with the Snow
Tonight we beat the Christmas heat with the broadcast premiere of our recording of David Chisholm’s The Beginning and End of the Snow.

Saturday 29 December 10.30pm

We’ll be playing a range of outstanding tracks and personal favourites that first came our way in 2007, including ABC recordings of new Australian works and Australian independent releases.

In Performance

Saturday 1 December 8.00pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Claire Edwardes (percussion); Calvin Bowman (organ); Richard Mills (conductor). Incl. Richard MillsSoundscapes

Monday 24 December 8.00pm

Sydney Children’s Choir & Gondwana Voices, Lyn Williams (conductor). “Voices of Angels” program, including a number of Australian choral compositions.

Wednesday 26 December 8.00pm

Australian String Quartet, Piers Lane (piano), Incl. Elena Kats-CherninFrom Anna Magdalena’s Notebook

Friday 28 December 8.00pm

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Boris Brovtsyn (violin); Kirill Karabits (conductor), Incl. Paul StanhopeCloudforms*


Wednesday 26 December 9.05am

Sydney Symphony Brass Ensemble, Colin Piper (conductor), Incl. Lully arr. Miller – Music of the Sun King II: excerpts; Alan Holley – Canzona in memory of György Ligeti; David Stanhope –Three Concert Studies for four trombones; Handel arr. Howarth – Music for the Royal Fireworks: excerpts; Bizet arr. Harvey – Carmen: Suite

Just Classics

Thursday 20 December

Incl. Nigel Westlake Wooden Ships; Penguin Play (‘Antarctica’) & Scott’s Theme; Finale; Postlude

Tuesday 25 December

Christmas Carols, Incl. arr. Gordon Kerry – Once in Royal David’s City; arr. Andrew Ford – Patapan; Peter Sculthorpe – Awake Glad Heart; arr. Carl Vine – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Ross Edwards – Ave Maria Canon; arr. Tristram Cary – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Friday 28 December

Incl. Percy Grainger – Danish Folk Song Suite

Weekend Life

Saturday 8 December 12.05pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, David Thomas (clarinet); Oleg Caetani (conductor), Incl. Ross Edwards – Clarinet Concerto*
Recorded last month in the Melbourne Town Hall

Saturday 15 December 12.05pm

Australia Ensemble, Incl. Ian Munro – Divertissement sur le nom d’Erik Satie

Saturday Session

Saturday 8 December 3.00pm

Audley Green (harpsichord), Incl. Margaret Sutherland – Sonatina (for harpsichord)

Saturday 15 December 3.00pm

Deborah de Graaff (clarinet); Leah Lock (flute); John Martin (piano). Incl. George Pikler – Trio for flute, clarinet and piano; Kristofer Spike – Elegy for a dying planet

Saturday 29 December 3.00pm

Orana Trio: John Cran (bassoon); Danielle Eden (flute and piccolo); Sumiko Yamamura (piano), Incl. David Hush – Three Pieces for solo flute; Matthew Hindson – Love Serenade; David Hush – Two Songs for flute and piano

Your Requests

Saturday 29 December 10.05am

Australian National Wind Orchestra, Russell Hammond (conductor), Incl. Percy GraingerLincolnshire Posy

Sunday 30 December 10.05am

Max Cooke, Darryl Coote (pianos), Incl. Peter Sculthorpe Four Little Pieces

Rising Stars

Sunday 9 December 9.05am

Gondwana Voices; Sally Whitwell (piano), Lyn Williams (conductor), Incl. Annie Kwok – Waking Dreamer; Gondwana Voices, Annie Kwok (piano), David Russell (conductor), Christopher Willcock Set me as a seal upon your heart; What did you get?; Gondwana Voices, Annie Kwok (piano), Kieran Casey (conductor), Iain Grandage Hush; On the Death of a Bush Church; AYO Brass Quintet, Richard Mills Requiem Diptych ; Robert Sims – Australian Folksong Suite

Sunday 30 December 9.05am

Richard Haynes (bass clarinet), Emma Baker (cello), Katherine Philp (cello), Paul O’Brien (double bass), Incl. Andrew Ford – Snatches of Old Lauds; Bishop Orchestra, 2004 National Music Camp, Arvo Volmer (conductor), Richard Meale Scenes from “Mer de Glace”

Sunday Live

Direct broadcast from the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne. Concert-goers in Melbourne are welcome. Please be seated by 2.50pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm. Entry is free.

Sunday 16 December

VoxSynergy. Incl. Eric Bogle – Sound of Singing; Stephen Leek – Monkey and Turtle; Ross Edwards – Flower Song No 2; Kathryn Sadler – River of Love; Andrew – O Lux Beata Trinitas, Stealing & LAWA; Neil Finn – Heart and Music

Sunday 23 December

Jouissance Ensemble, Nick Tsiavos (artistic director)
Jouissance Ensemble draws together a dazzling array of experience and influences, from classical to jazz, blues to opera, complexity to minimalism, and zen to Byzantium.

Weekday Afternoons

Monday 3 December from 4.05pm

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Etruscan Concerto

Wednesday 12 December 1.05pm

Kungsbacka Trio, Incl. Paul Stanhope Piano Trio “Dolcissimo Uscignolo”

After-concert music. Incl. John GoughSerenade for Small Orchestra; Percy GraingerIn a Nutshell, Suite; Hubert Clifford Symphony 1940

And from 4.05pm Incl. John Carmichael Concerto Folklorico

Wednesday 19 December 1.05pm

Sydney Symphony, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor), Incl. Richard Meale – Very High Kings

Thursday 20 December 1.05pm

After-concert music. Incl. Graeme Koehne To His servant Bach, God grants a final glimpse - the morning star; Philip BračaninUnder Yaraandoo

And from 4.05pm, Incl. Gerard Brophy Concerto in Blue for Guitar and Orchestra

Monday 24 December 1.05pm

After-concert music, Sydney Symphony, Edo de Waart (conductor); Incl. Carl VineCelebrare celeberrime; Synergy; Sydney Symphony, Edo de Waart (conductor), Carl Vine Symphony No 5 (Percussion)

And from 4.05pm, Incl. Ross Edwards – Dragonfly Dance; Richard Charlton – Carpentaria; Elena Kats-Chernin Deep Sea Dreaming; Peggy Glanville-Hicks Sonata for Harp

Tuesday 25 December 1.05pm

After-concert music, Incl. W. G. James The Silver Stars; Graham PowningFlute Quartet No 1; Richard Mills Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: excerpts; French arr. Sean O’Boyle Phil the Fluther’s Ball

Monday 31 December 1.05pm

After-concert music, Incl. John Carmichael Troubled Dream, after Franz Liszt; John CarmichaelFantasy Sonata

Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music, and recent collaborations include working with the Opera Project, Sydney Chamber Choir and The Song Company. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, online Australian music presentation, and more recently as co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program.


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