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Concert to celebrate Peter Sculthorpe


Concert to celebrate Peter Sculthorpe

  • Date: Saturday, 25 October 2014, 7pm
  • Venue: Verbrugghen Hall — Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: This is a free event, however registration is required online

Event Details

The gala event to celebrate the life and music of Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE will be held in honour and celebration of composer's immense, life-long contribution to music in this country, and the 51 years of his life that he devoted to the University of Sydney.

Performances of three signature works written by the composer: Kakadu (1988), the Burke & Wills Suite (1986) and Canticle V will be presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Chamber Choir.

Marking the celebration, four colleagues and former students of Sculthorpe, Professor Anne Boyd AM, Professor Matthew Hindson AM, Dr Ross Edwards AM and Kim Williams AM, will give personal reminiscences.

Peter Sculthorpe first came to the University of Sydney in 1963 at the invitation of Professor Donald Peart to take up an appointment as Lecturer in Music in the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Music. His first teaching was in ethnomusicology, stimulating a lifelong interest in the musical traditions of Asia, of Japan and Bali in particular. He inflected all his teaching towards composition, nurturing generations of young composers.

He was promoted to a personal Chair in Musical Composition within the Faculty of Arts in 1991 and played a significant role in bringing the Sydney Conservatorium of Music into the University. In 2005 he became an Emeritus Professor of Composition at the University of Sydney, and continued to support and inspire music students in the final years of his life. Peter Sculthorpe passed away earlier this month at the age of 85.

The Peter Sculthorpe concert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is a free event, however tickets are required. Registration is essential and is available online at http://music.sydney.edu.au from Wednesday 1 October 2014 with a limit of two tickets per person.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Burke and Wills suite : brass band (1986) by Peter Sculthorpe
— performed by Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony
Kakadu : for orchestra (1988) by Peter Sculthorpe
— performed by Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
Requiem : for SATB chorus, didjeridu and orchestra (2004) [V Canticle] by Peter Sculthorpe
— performed by Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Conservatorium Choir

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