30 April 2013
Australian music on ABC Classic FM in May 2013
This month's major broadcast event is a special series of live-to-air concerts from the Canberra International Music Festival on Saturday 11 May, presented as part of this year's Canberra centenary celebrations. The concerts include a festival special line-up under Roland Peelman, the world premiere of Peter Sculthorpe's The Great South Land (a reworking for live performance of his TV opera Quiros), Anna Grinberg and Liam Viney's performance of Percy Grainger's mammoth two-piano work Fantasy on George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, and Synergy Percussion live on New Music Up Late with Timothy Constable's epic tribute to drum and bass, The Shimmering City.
Also at the epic end of percussion music on New Music Up Late this month is TaikOz performing the world premiere of Toward the Crimson Sky, a new work by TaikOz artistic director Ian Cleworth, with an entree of shorter recent percussion pieces by ensemble members Anton Lock and Tom Royce-Hampton. In the realms of chamber music there is Kammer Ensemble with a concert to mark Brett Dean's 50th birthday.
Other May concert broadcasts across the network include chamber music by Ian Munro, Kevin March, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Stuart Greenbaum, and new vocal and guitar music and arrangements from the Song Company and the Grigoryan brothers by Ruth McCall, Roland Peelman, Leonard Grigoryan, Edward Grigoryan, Richard Black and Percy Grainger.
New Waves podcast focuses on large chamber and orchestral music performed by the Arcko Symphonic Project. And there are more recordings from the ABC archives in Rewind: the Australian Music Collection.
Broadcast highlights schedule
Tuesday 7 May
1.00pm AFTERNOONS: Modigliani Quartet with Sabine Meyer, clarinet (repeat)
Includes: Ian Munro - Clarinet Quintet .
Saturday 11 May
1.00pm SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT (LIVE): Anna Grinberg, piano; Liam Viney, piano.
Includes Percy Grainger - Fantasy on George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess
8.00pm EVENINGS (LIVE): Peter Sculthorpe The Great South
Land (Quiros reworked)
Performers: Greta Bradman, soprano; Andrew Goodwin, tenor; Alexander Knight, baritone; Christina Wilson, mezzo-soprano; ANU School of Music Chamber Choir; Canberra Choral Society; Canberra Festival Orchestra; DRUMatiX Percussion Group; Oriana Chorale; Roland Peelman, conductor
10.30pm NEW MUSIC UP LATE (LIVE): Synergy Percussion (& Evan
Timothy Constable - The Shimmering City
Sunday 12 May
3.00pm SUNDAY LIVE: Charlotte Betts-Dean, vocalist, with Ironwood quartet
Kevin March - Ouvre-moi la porte
Wednesday 15 May
The Song Company; with guest artists Leonard Grigoryan, guitar; Slava Grigoryan, guitar
Includes Leonard Grigoryan - Distance; Ruth McCall - Lament for the Boat People (Speed Bonnie Boat); Nick Cave, arr. Ruth McCall - Ship Song; Tchaikovsky arr. Edward Grigoryan - The Seasons: June; Kurt Weill arr. Roland Peelman - Happy End: Surabaya Johnny; trad. arr. Richard Black - L'bouan houme Andrio (My Good Man Andrio); trad. arr. Ruth McCall - Shallow Brown; What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor; trad. arr. Percy Grainger - Shallow Brown; trad. arr. Roland Peelman - Al die willen te kaap'ren varen (All those willing to sail to the cape); Ole, Mulher Rendeira (Ole, Lacemaker Woman); Marinheiro so (A sailor am I); La Bamba
Thursday 16 May
1.00pm AFTERNOONS: Australia Ensemble; with guest artists Andrew Barnes, bassoon
Kees Boersma, double-bass; Robert Johnson, horn; Huw Jones, oboe
Includes: Ross Edwards - Ecstatic Dances (arr. Roger Armstrong)
Saturday 18 May
10.30pm NEW MUSIC UP LATE: Kammer Ensemble - Brett Dean at 50 (presented by New Music Network).
Brett Dean - Demons; Berlin Music; Night Window; Some Birthday
Saturday 25 May
10.30pm NEW MUSIC UP LATE: TaikOz, with guest artists Graham Hilgendorf, drums; Kevin Man, shakuhachi and Shinobue; Satsuki Odamura, Koto and Bass Koto (presented by New Music Network).
Ian Cleworth - Toward the Crimson Sky (world premiere); plus Anton Lock - Exploration; Tom Royce-Hampton - Solace; Ian Cleworth - Otaiko
Sunday 26 May
3.00pm SUNDAY LIVE: Marshall McGuire, harp; Elizabeth Sellars, violin
Includes Stuart Greenbaum - 9 Candles for Dark Nights
Thursday 30 May
8.00pm EVENINGS: Tokyo String Quartet (presented by Musica Viva)
Includes Peter Sculthorpe - String Quartet No 16
Saturdays at 7.00pm with Julian Day. Showcasing Australia's finest composers and performers - an hour of all-Australian music for you on Saturday evenings.
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