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25 January 2008

ABC Classic FM Highlights - February 2008

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In February we catch some Australian compositions at the Perth International Arts Festival, and a swathe of new and recent Australian music for string quartet and didjeridu from last year’s International Association of Music Librarians Conference in Sydney.

New Music Up Late in February presents a recent recording from a new Melbourne presenter, JOLT, plus a conversation with expatriate Australian composer Thomas Meadowcroft, and the on-air finale to our Orpheus Remix Awards competition.

To vote for your favourite Orpheus remix entry, go to www.abc.net.au/orpheus where you can download and listen online to the entrants, then register to make your voice heard. The Awards, presented by New Music Up Late in collaboration with Radio National’s The Night Air, are for original Orpheus musico-dramatic radio work using one or more of the Monteverdi samples provided.

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

In February on New Music Up Late we hear from some younger compositional voices and reveal the winners of our Orpheus remix Awards, composition for new radio sound works responding to Monteverdi, opera and the Orpheus myth.

Saturday 2 February

Tonight we head to Melbourne’s 45 Downstairs for a concert focusing on the interaction between performers and assorted machinery. One of a series of concerts curated by composer James Hullick, the program features performances by Robin Fox, Natasha Anderson, James Hullick, Bolt Ensemble and the Amplified Elephants.

Saturday 9 February

Off The Record
Tonight our guest is composer Thomas Meadowcroft, currently back in Australia as Peggy Glanville-Hicks House resident after many years in Berlin. We take a peek into his record collection and talk about influences, his work and the Berlin music scene.

Saturday 23 February

Orpheus Remix Awards
Tonight we announce the winners of our competition for new four-minute ‘micro-operas’ based on Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. www.abc.net.au/orpheus

In Performance

Friday 1 February 8.00pm

Brentano String Quartet
Mark Steinberg (violin), Serena Canin (violin), Misha Amory (viola), Nina Lee (cello). Incl. Ross Edwards - Sparks and Auras (string quartet)

Monday 4 February 8.00pm

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti (violin/director). Incl. Roger Smalley - Strung Out

Wednesday 6 February 8.00pm

Sydney Children’s Choir
Danish National Girls Choir, Christopher Gordon Choir Vox, Michael Bojesen (piano), Brendan Clarke (double-bass), Susan Kim (cello), Sally Whitwell (piano), Conductors: Michael Bojesen, Paul Stanhope and Benjamin van Tienen. Incl. Lyn Williams - Festive Alleluia, Daniel Walker - Road Poem, Paul Stanhope - La-La Land, Lost the Plot, & I have not your dreaming, David Page - Kasa Kab

Saturday 9 February 8.00pm

IAML Conference Concert
Greenway String Quartet: Liz Gormley (violin), Clare Miller (violin), Luke Spicer (viola), Heather Lindsay (cello), Elena Kats-Chernin (piano), William Barton (didjeridu and voice), Delmae Barton (voice). Incl. William Barton - Kalkadungu song, Elena Kats-Chernin - Fast Blue Village 1, The C for piano and didjeridu*, & Blue Silence,William Barton - Light of Everlast for string quartet with didjeridu*, Carl Vine - String Quartet No. 3, Peter Sculthorpe - String Quartet No. 10 arranged with didjeridu*, Delmae Barton - Song for voice and didjeridu

Saturday 16 February 8.00pm

West Australian Symphony Orchestra
John Chen (piano), James MacMillan (conductor). Incl. Roger Smalley - Piano Concerto No. 2

Monday 25 February 8.00pm

Perth International Arts Festival 2008
Miwako Abe (violin), Michael Kieran Harvey (piano). Incl. Mark Pollard - Beating the Rusty Nail

Tuesday 26 February 8.00pm

Perth International Arts Festival 2008
Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Marshall McGuire (harp). Incl. Peter Sculthorpe - Koori Dreaming, Andrew Ford - Bagpipe Music

Sunday Live

The Best of Sunday Live from 2007

Sunday 24th February 3.00pm

Griffith Trio. Incl. Ross Edwards - Piano Trio

* = world premiere

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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