12 October 2016
Asian Composers League festival underway in Vietnam
Works by five Australian composers are included in the program of the Asian Composers League (ACL) festival in Vietnam next week. The 34th instalment of this festival (which is also the second Asia-Europe New Music Festival) and the associated conference take place in Hanoi and Vinh Yen on 12-18 October 2016.
The selected works are Eve Duncan's The Banquet of Cleopatra and In a Corner of the Macintyre for brass quintet (2016); Stephen Lebsanft's Rhapsody for solo viola (2016); Andrián Pertout's Angustam Amice SATB choir and string orchestra, no. 428 (2014-2015 - performed by the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet Choir and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Zoe Zeniodia); Johanna Selleck's Homage to Liszt for solo piano (2013) and Natalya Vagner's The Ride to the Crescent Moon for oboe, flute, violin, Dan Bau and piano (2016). Stephen Lebsanft, a current student from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, is the young composer selected to represent Australia at the Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition.
Established in 1973 as a means of 'promoting the art music activities in Asian countries, as well as fostering mutual exchange between these countries', the Asian Composers' League (ACL) is a contemporary music organisation in the Asia-Pacific region currently comprising of fourteen official member countries and regions: Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Tatarstan, Thailand, and Turkey. The inaugural ACL Conference and Festival took place in Hong Kong in 1973, and since then events have been organised annually or biennially.
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