26 September 2015
Australian music on ABC Classic FM in October 2015
Ensemble Offspring are among Australia's most energetic presenters of new music, commissioning large number of new works, fostering the next generation of composers, developing works in collaboration with diverse sound artists and theatre makers, and giving Australian audiences the chance to experience key chamber works by some of the major international figures of the past half century in concert.
This month the ensemble are celebrating 20 years of activity with a double concert event called Future-Retro. The Retro refers to a performance of some of those key international works. The Future side of the equation is a program of new works by Tristan Coelho, Samuel Smith, Dan Thorpe, Cassie To, and Kezia Yap, all younger Australian composers at various stages of emergence, plus another recent Offspring commission from Kate Moore, an expatriate Australian composer whose star is definitely in the ascendant.
You can hear both concerts on air just days after the event on Tuesday 27 October on ABC Classic FM. And you can download the new Australian works by subscribing to the New Waves podcast. These works will feature in the fourth and final episode of a series marking the Offspring anniversary with an extended look at the ensemble's back-catalogue in conversation with Offspring artistic director duo Claire Edwardes and Damien Ricketson.
Earlier in the month there's a chance to hear more Ensemble Offspring commissions with the rebroadcast of a concert from earlier this year featuring the world premiere of Felicity Wilcox's Uncovered Ground (and a new version of Mary Finsterer's Silva) performed by Offspring and early music ensemble Ironwood (Friday 9 October at 10pm). And premiering this month on air, Cleopatra by Mark Viggiani for soprano Greta Bradman and Ensemble Liaison (Sunday 18 October at 1pm), and James Ledger's Simpler Times for the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Asher Fisch (Thursday 1 October at 8pm).
Choral music is in the spotlight again this month as three of Australia's leading choirs, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Brisbane Chamber Choir, and Sydney Chamber Choir, join forces for 'A Tale of Three Cities'. The menu includes Australian choral classics by Elliott Gyger and Elena Kats-Chernin, and a couple of recent hits from choral specialist Joseph Twist (Monday 12 October at 8pm).
There's more from Joseph Twist - a new performance of his Art Music Awards shortlisted piece How shall we sing in a strange land? by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Wednesday 7 October at 8pm). Some classic works from an earlier generation of composers getting an airing in concert broadcasts this month include the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's performance of Carlo - Brett Dean's re-contextualising of the music of Gesualdo (Saturday 10 October at 8pm); new performance of Nigel Westlake's String Quartet No 2 by international tourists Modigliani Quartet; String Quartet No 3 Summer Dances by Ross Edwards courtesy of the Orava String Quartet (Friday 23 October at 8pm).
The Young Performer Awards recitals at the end of the month include a pleasing number of Australian instrumental music, including a work from 1944 by Margaret Sutherland, and more recent works from Stuart Greenbaum, Chris Dench, and Tim Dargaville, as well as emerging voices Ian Whitney, Daniel Masmanian, Jack Symonds, and Andrew Howes.
It's another big month for the New Waves podcast. First up we take the opportunity to talk to sound artist and Room 40 record label founder Lawrence English - one of this year's recipients of a prestigious (and lucrative) Sidney Myer Fellowship. It's a chance to shift the spotlight away from his curatorial work and onto his personal artistic work - a growing body of recordings, performances and installations. The program includes music selected from four recent projects and releases, introduced by the composer.
The month continues with our celebration of Ensemble Offspring's 20th birthday. You'll hear co-artistic directors Claire Edwardes and Damien Ricketson looking back at the Ensemble that was, including music by Ricketson and fellow Offspring founder Matthew Shlomowitz recorded at their very first concert. Across the arc of the series there'll be musical selections from the ensemble's many commissions - music by the likes of commissioned by the ensemble from the likes of Mary Finsterer, Michael Smetanin, Kate Moore, Rosalind Page, Jane Stanley, Amanda Cole, and Melody Eotvos, as well as works created through collaborations with other artists and ensembles such as Pimmon, Oren Ambarchi, Ironwood, and theatre makers such as Katia Molino and Theatre Kantanka. We wrap the series with a look to the future, accompanied by new works from some promising voices from the next generation of composers - Dan Thorpe, Cassie To, Samuel Smith, Kezia Yap and Tristan Coelho, recorded only days earlier at Ensemble Offspring's double-concert birthday celebration.
Australian music broadcast schedule
Thursday 1 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: West Australian Symphony Orchestra/Asher Fisch
Includes James Ledger - Simpler Times (world premiere)
Friday 2 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: Musica Viva Australia - Borodin Quartet
Includes Carl Vine - Harbour Reverie
Wednesday 7 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: LIVE - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Benjamin Northey, conductor
Includes Joseph Twist - How Shall We Sing in a Strange Land
Thursday 8 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: LIVE - Musica Viva Australia - Modigliani Quartet
Includes Nigel Westlake - String Quartet No 2
Friday 9 October
10.00pm EVENINGS: Ensemble Offspring and Ironwood
Includes Felicity Wilcox - Uncovered Ground; Damien Ricketson - Trace Elements; Mary Finsterer - Silva
Saturday 10 October
2.00pm AFTERNOONS: LIVE - Sydney Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson
Includes Peter Sculthorpe - Sun Music II (Ketjak)
8.00pm EVENINGS: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Northey
Includes Brett Dean - Carlo
Monday 12 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: Adelaide Chamber Singers, Brisbane Chamber Choir, and Sydney Chamber Choir.
Includes Joseph Twist - Versa est in luctum; Hombres Victoria, Victoria; Elliott Gyger - Five Bells; Elena Kats-Chernin - Talk Show
Sunday 18 October
1.00pm AFTERNOONS: Ensemble Liaison, Greta Bradman and ANAM Musicians
Includes Mark Viggiani - Cleopatra (world premiere)
Monday 19 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: Musica Viva Australia - Modigliani Quartet
Includes Nigel Westlake - String Quartet No 2
Friday 23 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: Melbourne International Arts Festival 'Quartets at Sunset' - Orava String Quartet.
Includes Ross Edwards - String Quartet No 3 Summer Dances
Tuesday 27 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: Ensemble Offspring 20th Birthday Concert #2 FUTURE
Kate Moore - Fern; Tristan Coelho - Read/Write Error (world premiere); Samuel Smith - threaded through meridians (world premiere); Dan Thorpe - Mercury Vapour Seismology (world premiere); Cassie To - Avialae (world premiere); Kezia Yap - Coalesce (world premiere)
Thursday 29 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: LIVE - YPA 2015 Recital 1
Performers: Louisa Breen, piano; Julia Brimo, piano; Christopher Cartlidge, viola; Catherine Davis, piano; Ennes Mehmedbasic, oboe; Sonja Schebeck, violin
Includes Tim Dargaville - In the Spirit House; Ian Whitney - With Zeal; Daniel Masmanian - Fire is in mine ears
Friday 30 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: LIVE - YPA 2015 Recital 2
Performers: Louisa Breen, piano; Peter de Jager, piano; Amir Farid, piano; Lily Higson-Spence, violin; Mee Na Lojewski, cello
Includes Margaret Sutherland - Nocturne for violin and piano; Jack Symonds - Mirrors and Epitaphs; Chris Dench - Tiento de Medio Registro Alto
Saturday 31 October
8.00pm EVENINGS: LIVE - YPA 2015 Recital 3
Performers: Doretta Balkizas, violin; Louisa Breen, piano;l Zoe Freisberg, violin; Vatche Jambazian, piano
Includes Stuart Greenbaum - Infinite heartbeat; Andrew Howes - Derivation Serenade; Margaret Sutherland - Nocturne for violin and piano
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