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28 September 2011

Australian Music on ABC Classic FM in October 2011

Australian Music on ABC Classic FM in October 2011

In October, on ABC Classic FM, there are world premieres of new works by Australian composers Andrew Byrne, Carl Vine and Joseph Twist and a focus on Australian classics as we kick off the voting for the Classic 100 C20th.

With the vast bulk of Australian classical music being written since 1900, there are lots of Australian works that could be in the running. Are there Australian works, whether recent or from previous generations, that you think deserve to be in the Classic 100 C20th? If so, get in there and vote! To help you along, Andrew Ford joins New Music Up Late for a C21st update on his classic Illegal Harmonies radio series, followed the next week by the program team's own take on some of the important Australian works from recent decades.

And don't forget you can also listen to and read about Australian music online. Subscribe to our weekly AMU podcast for new Australian music direct to your computer, with recent podcasts including a focus on Southern Cross Soloists performing new works by ensemble director Paul Dean, Stephen Leek, Gerard Brophy and Brett Dean. 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 1 October 10:30pm: Andrew Byrne - A Portrait Concert
Astra Chamber Music Society presents world and Australian premieres of three works by New York-based Australian composer Andrew Byrne: Cries and Whispers (commissioned by Astra) for choir, percussion and pian, plus new works for Speak Percussion and for pianist and long-time champion of Byrne's music, Michael Kieran Harvey, performed at ABC Southbank on 24 September.

Saturday 8 October 10:30pm: Illegal Harmonies #11
Andrew Ford joins Julian Day in studio to give his take on what's been going on in contemporary music over the past 10 years. It's an update on his classic 10-part radio series Illegal Harmonies, including some surprising Australian choices.

Saturday 15 October 10:30pm: Australian 'Classics'
With the Classic 100 C20th in full swing, New Music Up Late looks at some recent and not so recent Australian works that may deserve a place in the pantheon.

In Performance

Wednesday 5 October 8.00pm: Australian Youth Orchestra; Dene Olding, violin; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor.
Incl. Carl Vine - Violin Concerto (world premiere)

Friday 7 October 8.30pm: live broadcast, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Sophie Rowell, violin; Arvo Volmer, conductor.
Incl. Brett Dean - The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Wednesday 12 October 8.00pm: TrioZ
Incl. Nigel Westlake - Piano Trio (Urban Myths)

Thursday 20 October 6.30pm: live broadcast, Sydney Symphony/Nigel Westlake; Cantillation; Eddie Perfect, narrator.
Incl. Nigel Westlake - Missa Solis, Requiem for Eli

Thursday 27 October 7.30pm: live broadcast, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra; William Hennesy, violin/conductor.
Incl. Graeme Koehne - Shaker Dances (for strings)

Afternoon Concert

With Christopher Lawrence

Tuesday 4 October 2.10pm: the Consort of Melbourne; Warren Trevelyan-Jones, conductor
Incl. Joseph Twist - Lamentation of Jeremiah (world premiere)

Thursday 13 October 1.05pm: Ensemble Liaison
Incl. Ian Munro (arr. David Griffiths) - Piano Trio

Weekend Life

Every Saturday afternoon, ABC Classic FM presents a showcase of Australian music-making. After our Australian concert at 1pm, we hear a selection of performances by Australian artists, many recorded especially for this program in ABC studios around the country. Music selected by Anna van der Leij.

At Home

Saturdays at 7.05pm, selected and presented by Julian Day

Showcasing Australia's finest composers and performers - an hour of all-Australian music for you on Saturday evenings.

Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, and online Australian music presentation. Since 2006, he has been co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program. Recent online projects include the AMU podcast, Orpheus Remix Awards, Lute Project and classic/amp.


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