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27 November 2008

ABC Classic FM Australian Music Highlights: December 2008

Stephen Adams Image: Stephen Adams  

In December on ABC Classic FM, Australian music is scattered all across the schedule. There are broadcast premieres of new works by Graeme Blevins, Louise Conroy, Jim Denley, Josh Hogan, James Ledger, Raffaele Marcellino, John Polglase and David Pye, appearing variously in Afternoons, In Performance, New Music Up Late, Rising Stars and Sunday Feature programs, while Keys to Music focuses on the music of Carl Vine.

And don’t forget to take a look/listen to Australian heritage recordings on the new classic/amp music streaming site. Or subscribe to the AMU podcast for the latest adventures in new Australian music.

New Music Up Late

Saturday 13 December 10.30pm – Budawangs II

Two years later, Jim Denley returns to the Budawang Ranges in southern NSW for another sonic adventure. We catch up with Jim and hear the results (with thanks to the ABC Radio Regional Production Fund).

Saturday 20 December 10.30pm – Xmas season
Christmas is in the air this week as we head to WA for the broadcast premiere of David Pye’s The Seasons, along with other suitably sultry new music.

Saturday 27 December 10.30pm, with John Encarnacao
Outstanding tracks, special events and personal favourites that first came our way from Australia and abroad in 2008.

Keys to Music

Saturday 6 December 9.05am – The Composer 5: Carl Vine.
In this program, Graham Abbott’s guest is Carl Vine. Together they discuss his life and work and sample music from a career which has produced some of the most diverse and influential music by any Australian composer.

Sunday Features

Sunday 14 December 2pm – From Pen to Performance
In a fascinating journey, follow the creation of a new piece of music, from the thought processes of the composer through the rehearsals and to its performance in concert. Featuring a new work from John Polglase, Winter Sinfonia, performed by the Adelaide Youth orchestra.

In Performance

Monday 1 December 8pm – The Song Company; Roland Peelman, conductor.
A concert featuring the O Antiphons for Advent in their original Gregorian form, and as reinterpreted by Raffaele Marcellino.
From the Verbrugghen hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Incl. Raffaele Marcellino – O Antiphons: 'O Sapientia'; 'O Adonai'; 'O Radix'; 'O Clavis'; 'O Oriens'; 'O Rex Gentium'; 'O Emmanuel'

Tuesday 9 December 8pm. Australia Ensemble
Incl. Brett Dean – Demons

Thursday 11 December 8pm. Kammer Ensemble
Incl. Paul Stanhope – Night Prelude

Wednesday 31 December 8pm – New Zealand International Arts Festival
The 12 cellos of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Steven Isserlis, cello
Incl. Brett Dean – 12 Angry Men; Carl Vine – Inner World for cello and tape

Weekend Life

Saturday 6 December 12pm
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, guitar Oleg Caetani, conductor
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – Nourlangie

Sunday 20 December 12pm
Australian String Quartet, Marshall McGuire, harp
Incl. Ross Edwards – Arafura Dance

Saturday Session

Saturday 6 December 3pm
James Cuddeford, violin; Daniel Herscovitch, piano
Incl. Cuddeford – Winter Song

Saturday 12 December 3pm
Orana Trio: Danielle Eden, flute/piccolo; John Cran, bassoon; Sumiko Yamamura, piano
Incl. David Hush – Three pieces for solo flute; Two songs for flute and piano; Matthew Hindson – Love Serenade

Sunday Live

Sunday 7 December 3pm
Percussionists of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Incl. Robert Cossom – Revel without a pause

Direct broadcast from Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre.
Concert-goers in Melbourne are welcome. Please be seated by 2.40pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm (entry is free).

Rising Stars

Sunday 21 December 9.05am
Louise Conroy and Marcus Perrozzi, percussion, performing:
Louise Conroy – One; Josh Hogan – Small Things; Graeme Blevins – Run

At Home

With Julian Day

Saturday 6 December 7pm
Clare Maclean – A West Irish Ballad; Nigel Westlake – Antarctica, Suite for guitar and orchestra; Eduard Grigoryan – Day Dreams and Kolobok

Saturday 12 December 7pm
Colin Bright – Red Earth; Carl Vine – Suite from The Tempest; Richard Charlton – Stoneworks

Saturday 27 December 7pm
Elena Kats-Chernin – Wild Swans: 'Eliza Aria'; Peter Sculthorpe – Songs of Sea and Sky; Nigel Westlake – Jovian Moons; Richard Meale – Mer de Glace: 'On the Mer de Glace'


Wednesday 3 December 1.05pm WASO Chamber Players
Incl. James Ledger – Bell Weather (world premiere), Dorian Le Gallienne – Sinfonietta; Philip Brańćanin – Symphony No. 3

Other Australian works programmed from disc this month are: Percy Grainger – Beautiful fresh flower; Katherine Parker – Four Musical Sketches; George Palmer – Waltz 2; George Dreyfus – Serenade for small orchestra; Graeme Koehne – Tivoli Dances; Peggy Glanville-Hicks – Three Gymnopedies; Carl Vine – Legend Suite

Just Classics

Weekdays 11am-1pm

This month, the following Australian content is included: Stephen Lalor – Alone on the road; John Carmichael – Damon Suite; Miriam Hyde – Village Fair; Shaun Rigney – Chamber Concerto; Colin Brumby – Bassoon Concerto; John Carmichael – A Little Night Music for flute and piano; Paul Grabowsky – 'Summers Past' and 'Love Theme' from Molokai

Thursday 25 December: Christmas special
Incl.William G James – 'Carol of the Birds'; 'The Silver Stars are in the Sky'; 'Christmas Day'; Andrew Ford – Patapan; Peter Sculthorpe – Awake glad heart! Morning Song for the Christ Child; Percy Grainger – Green Bushes; Tristram Cary – God rest ye merry gentlemen

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 on-line projects include the AMU podcast, Orpheus Remix Awards, Lute Project and classic/amp.


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