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28 November 2011

Australian Music on ABC Classic FM in December 2011

Australian Music on ABC Classic FM in December 2011

November's Australian music focus may be over, but there are still plenty of Australian music offerings in December on ABC Classic FM. Highlights include performances of works by Brett Dean, Graeme Koehne and James Ledger, and the Christmas Special features Gondwana Voices and the Sydney Children's Choir singing Australian carols by William G James.

On New Music Up Late in December we revisit selected live events at the ABC from 2011, as well as reviewing some of the C20th greats that should have made the Classic 100 Countdown but didn't.

And don't forget you can also listen to and read about Australian music online. Subscribe to our weekly AMU podcast (http://www.abc.net.au/classic/podcasts/feeds/amu.xml) for new Australian music direct to your computer. December's AMU podcast series features works from MODART 2011, a biennial professional development program providing opportunities for emerging composers to develop new work for voices. And check out the continuing presentation of archival recordings at classic/amp for Australian music from the past 100 years.

New Music Up Late

With Julian Day

Saturday 3 December 10:30pm: The ones that got away
Some of the C20th greats that should have made the countdown but didn't. In the second decade of the C21, how much have Australian classical music listeners absorbed the legacy of C20 classical music, and in particular of the Australian contribution to classical music, which falls almost entirely within that century? As the last sounds of the Classic 100 Countdown Finale die away, New Music Up Late reviews the damage.

Saturday 10 December 10:30pm: Live at the ABC #1 - ELISION & SIAL
ELISION ensemble are joined by members of RMIT's Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory to present a new group electro-acoustic composition Codex-Melbourne.

Saturday 17 December 11:00pm: Live at the ABC #2 - Whirlpool in studio
Acoustic duo Chris Abrahams on harmonium and Kraig Grady on microtonal vibraphone join us in studio for a late-night aural magic carpet ride.

Saturday 24 December 10:30pm: Live at the ABC #3 - Liquid Architecture 12
Hear international guests Pascal Battus and his sounding objects, and guitarist Lukas Simonis teaming up with Melbourne improv guitarist Dave Brown. Sydney's Pia van Gelder performs on her audiovisual harp, plus Jon Rose and his Palimpolin for violin and k-bow whose movements control the live spatial mix and electronic processing.

Saturday 31 December 10:30pm: Live at the ABC #4 - Totally Huge 2011
Decibel (WA), Phil Everall (WA), Peter Knight & Dung Nguyen (VIC), and Austin Buckett (ACT) join us in ABC Perth studios for a special festival sampler.

In Performance

Friday 2 December 8.00pm: LIVE broadcast - Sydney Symphony/Jonathan Nott, conductor; Frank Peter Zimmerman, violin.
Incl. Brett Dean - The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Monday 19 December 8.00pm: Australian String Quartet with Li-Wei, cello.
Incl. Graeme Koehne - String Quartet No 2 (Shaker Dances)

Saturday 31 December 8.00pm: gala concert of the Commonwealth Festival 18 November 2011 - West Australian Symphony Orchestra/Brad Cohen, conductor; Pauline Malefane, soprano; Yelian He, cello; Amy Dickson, saxophone.
Incl. James Ledger - Indian Pacific; Graeme Koehne - Inflight Entertainment

Christmas Special

Sunday 25 December 1.00pm: Gondwana Voices & Sydney Children's Choir/Lyn Williams, conductor; Tigramuna
Incl. William G James - The Three Drovers; Christmas Day; Carol of the Birds

At Home

Saturdays at 7.05pm, selected by Gregory Dobbs
Showcasing Australia's finest composers and performers - an hour of all-Australian music for you on Saturday evenings.


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