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20 December 2007

ABC Classic FM Australian Music Highlights – January 2008

Stephen Adams Image: Stephen Adams  

The opening of the new year presents a rich feast of Australian music on ABC Classic FM. Highlights include a number of premieres from Julian Yu, Mark Isaacs, Damien Ricketson and Anthony Pateras, a tribute concert for composer Roger Smalley, and an array of new performances of works by Elena Kats-Chernin, Ross Edwards and Brett Dean (the featured composer of the 2007 Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville).

Also on the menu are re-broadcasts of four substantial New Music Up Late interviews and music programs with guests Richard Meale, NOW now founders Clare Cooper and Clayton Thomas, contemporary bassoonist Lorelei Dowling, and composer and Topology band leader Robert Davidson.

Through January you can listen to our commissioned Orpheus Remix works and to the works of the Orpheus Remix Awards competition entrants as they come in. Entries for the Award, presented by New Music Up Late in collaboration with Radio National´s The Night Air, are open until 31 January, so there´s still time for you to enter your own Orpheus musico-dramatic radio work. Just go to www.abc.net.au/orpheus.

And don´t forget to subscribe to the ABC Classic FM Australian Music podcast for weekly deliveries of new Australian music to your computer @ http://www.abc.net.au/classic/australianmusic/

New Music Up Late with Julian Day

In January New Music Up Late re-visits four in-depth interviews and disc-spinning Off The Record programs from 2007. The featured interviewees are:

Sat 5th January

Off The Record re-visited #1 – Richard Meale at 75
One of the grand figures of Australian contemporary music.

Sat 12th January

Off The Record re-visited #2 – Clare Cooper & Clayton Thomas
Improvising musicians and founders of The NOW now Festival of Spontaneous Music.

Sat 19th January

Off The Record re-visited #3 – Lorelei Dowling
Australian bassoonist and member of the famous Austrian contemporary music ensemble Klangforum Wien.

Sat 26th January

Off The Record re-visited #4 – Robert Davidson
Composer and bass-playing leader of Brisbane´s Topology Ensemble.

In Performance

Thursday 3 January 8.00pm

Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Incl. Ross Edwards - Mountain Chant: I O quam preciosa; III The Lord's Prayer

Friday 4 January 8.00pm

MSO Chamber Players
Incl. Julian Yu - Sol, do, la, re* and Mark Isaacs - Three Scherzi**

Saturday 5 January 8.00pm

Sydney Symphony, Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Stephanie McCallum (piano)
Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin - Displaced Dances

Friday 11 January 8.00pm

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel (conductor), Diana Doherty (oboe)
Incl. Ross Edwards - Oboe Concerto

Tuesday 15 January 8.00pm

Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville
Bernadette Balkus (piano), Kees Boersma (double-bass), Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone), Brett Dean (conductor), Paul Dean (clarinet), Diana Doherty (oboe), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Bengt Forsberg (piano), Ben Jacks (horn), Piers Lane (piano), Jack Liebeck (violin), Irina Morozova (viola), Sue-Ellen Paulsen (cello), Gwenneth Pryor (piano), Kathryn Stott (piano), Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Hermitage String Trio.
Incl. Brett Dean - Recollections; Percy Grainger - English Dance for two pianos, six hands

Wednesday 16 January 8.00pm

Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville
Fiona Campbell (mezzo-soprano), Bengt Forsberg (piano), Paul McMahon (tenor), Valeriy Sokolov (violin), Kathryn Stott (piano), New Zealand String Quartet.
Incl. Brett Dean - Poems and Prayers

Friday 18 January 8.00pm

Ensemble Offspring, Synergy Percussion and Halcyon: Jo Burton (mezzo-soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo-soprano), Belinda Montgomery (soprano), Alison Morgan (soprano).
Incl. Damien Ricketson - No more than liquid*

Tuesday 22 January 8.00pm

Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville
Cheryl Barker (soprano), William Barton (didjeridu), Fiona Campbell (mezzo-soprano), Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone), Brett Dean (viola), Bengt Forsberg (piano), Piers Lane (piano), Paul McMahon (tenor), Kathryn Stott (piano), Raphael Wallfisch (cello), New Zealand String Quartet
Incl. Brett Dean - Huntington Eulogy & Improvisation with William Barton

Thursday 24 January 8.00pm

Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville
Cheryl Barker (soprano), Kees Boersma (double-bass), Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone), Brett Dean (viola), Paul Dean (clarinet), Bengt Forsberg (piano), Piers Lane (piano), Jack Liebeck (violin), Emma-Jane Murphy (cello), Gwenneth Pryor (piano), Kathryn Stott (piano), Hermitage String Trio.
Incl. Brett Dean - Voices of Angels

Friday 25 January 8.00pm

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Michael Leunig (narrator), Anthony Pateras (piano/electronics), Richard Tognetti (violin/director).
Incl. Anthony Pateras - Autophagy

Saturday 26 January 8.00pm

Sonic Art Ensemble, James Cuddeford (violin), Alison Eddington (percussion), Daniel Herscovitch (piano), Alison Morgan (soprano), Darryl Poulsen (horn), Roger Smalley (piano), Natsuko Yoshimoto (violin).
Featuring Roger Smalley: Lament for Horn & Percussion; Barcarolle for solo piano; Variations on a Theme of Chopin; Trio for horn, violin and piano; A Miscellany of Cats; Suite for two violins; Ceremony II

Wednesday 30 January 8.00pm

Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville
Kathryn Stott (piano), Bernadette Balkus (piano), Cheryl Barker (soprano), Bengt Forsberg (piano), Dimity Hall (violin), Piers Lane (piano), Dene Olding (violin).
Incl. Percy Grainger - Fantasy on George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess


Tuesday 1 January 10.00am

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival: Kristian Chong (piano), Niki Vasilakis (violin).
Incl. Andrew Schultz - Night Flight

Sunday Live

The Best of Sunday Live from 2007

Sunday 6 January 3.00pm

Chris Duncan (fiddle), Catherine Strutt (piano)
Incl. Ian Lothian - Return to Stewartry, Muriel Johnstone - Lydia's Garden

Sunday 27 January 3.00pm

Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra
Featuring David Osborne: Late Harvest; Another Tango; Afternoon Visitors; The Flying Fox; Night Falls II; Anderson's Mill; Stray Dog Waltz; Button Dance; Waltz No 4; Left At Carlisle

Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music, and recent collaborations include working with the Opera Project, Sydney Chamber Choir and The Song Company. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, online Australian music presentation, and more recently as co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program.


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