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23 December 2008

ABC Classic FM Australian music highlights: January 2009

Stephen Adams Image: Stephen Adams  

This January on ABC Classic FM sees the broadcast of a series of concerts from the 2008 Canberra International Music and Melbourne International Arts Festivals as well as National Music Camp and Australia Day special live broadcasts. On the talk side, both New Music Up Late and Keys to Music feature repeat seasons of Australian composer portrait programs covering an array of contemporary classical and experimental composers. And At Home continues to serve up an early Saturday evening feast of Australian concert music on disc.

Meanwhile in the AMU podcast subscription, we present SITE SPECIFIC – a summer series of podcasts featuring Australian composers, improvisers and sound artists making music with special relationships to specific natural and artificial environments. To subscribe, follow this link.

In Performance

Monday 5 January 8pm – 2008 Canberra International Music Festival: Grainger Quartet
Incl. Huw Belling – Three Quarters (world premiere); David Harris – Terra Rapta (world premiere)

Saturday 10 January 8pm – Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp 2009
Direct broadcast from Elder Hall, Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide
Incl. James Ledger – Fall from grace (Bishop Orchestra/James Judd)

Monday 12 January 8pm – 2008 Canberra International Music Festival
Jouissance, with Australian re-imaginings of traditional Byzantine religious music

Wednesday 14 January 8pm – 2008 Canberra International Music Festival
Crash Ensemble: Kate Ellis, cello; John Godfrey, piano; Iarla Ó Lionáird, voice; Alan Piarson, conductor
Incl. Michael Smetanin – Shatter

Thursday 22 January 8pm – Melbourne International Arts Festival 2008
Schoenberg Ensemble; Barbara Hannigan, soprano; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor
Incl. Michael Smetanin – Micrographia

Friday 23 January 8pm – The Steinway Spectacular, various artists
Incl. J Strauss II arr. Roger Heagney – Die Fledermaus: Overture; Percy Grainger arr. Anatoly Dokumentov – Fantasy; Gershwin arr. Sean O’Boyle – Medley; Saint-Saëns arr. Anthony Halliday – Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78 (Organ): Finale; trad. arr. Calvin Bowman – Hornpipe; Peter Allen arr. Sean O’Boyle – 'I still call Australia home'; trad arr. Sean O’Boyle – Chopsticks

Saturday 24 January 8pm – Melbourne International Arts Festival 2008
Members of the Australian National Academy of Music and members of the Schoenberg Ensemble; Barbara Hannigan, soprano; Dean Newcomb, bass clarinet; Susanne van Els, viola; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor
Incl. Nigel Westlake – Invocations

Monday 26 January 8pm – Melbourne International Arts Festival 2008
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Doug de Vries, Leonard Grigoryan & Slava Grigoryan, guitars; Michael Kieran Harvey, piano; Nigel Westlake, speaker/conductor
Incl. Nigel Westlake – Hinchinbrook Riffs; Jovian Moons; Songs from the Forest; Shards of Jaiselmer; Shadow Dances

Wednesday 28 January 8pm – Australia Ensemble
Incl. Roger Smalley – Poles Apart; Peter Sculthorpe – Small Town (1963), version for string quartet

Saturday 31 January 8pm – Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Crellin, oboe; William Hennessy, conductor
Incl. Calvin Bowman – Oboe Concerto

New Music Up Late

This month we’re listening back to some of the fascinating past interviews with Australian artists that we’ve broadcast on New Music Up Late. Our Off The Record guests take us into their record collections providing insights into diverse corners of contemporary music and illuminating the background to their own work.

Saturday 3rd January – Off The Record revisited #1: Ross Edwards
Saturday 10th January – Off The Record revisited #2: Thomas Meadowcroft
Saturday 17th January – Off The Record revisited #3: Ross Bolleter
Saturday 24th January – Off The Record revisited #4: Lloyd Barrett

Saturday 31st January – 2008 Canberra International Music Festival: 'A Line Has Two'
Tonight we wrap our ABC Classic FM coverage of the 2008 Canberra International Music Festival with a concert from Ensemble Offspring, conducted by Roland Peelman.
The concert features two major works by Offspring's artistic director Damien Ricketson: In God’s Esperanto (world premiere) and A Line Has Two.

Keys to Music

Saturday 17 January 9.05am – The Composer 1: Stephen Leek
Keys To Music this week repeats a program from 2003 in which Graham Abbott is in conversation with the respected Australian composer Stephen Leek. Together they discuss Stephen's work, his influences and his particular views of the composer in the modern world.

Saturday 24 January 9.05am
The Composer 2: Graeme Koehne
In this program Graham Abbott chats with the respected Australian composer Graeme Koehne, in a repeat broadcast of a program from 2004. They discuss the composer's views of his role in the musical world, and the varied reactions he has received to his music.


Wednesday 7 January 1.05pm – West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Asher Fischer, conductor.
Incl. James Ledger – The Madness and Death of King Ludwig

Monday 12 January 1.05pm – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, guitar; Oleg Caetani, conductor
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – Nourlangie

Monday 26 January 1.05pm – Australia Day Special
The 'Australiana' theme continues, with live performances from The Song Company, Continuum Sax and New Sydney Wind Quintet

Incl. Martin Wesley-Smith – Lines of a lovelorn Cowhand; Rolf Harris – 'Tie me kangaroo down sport' and new arrangements of traditional Australian songs, Martin Kay – Two new pieces in need of titles; Peter Boyd – Extraordinary flight with a piece of string; Tony Gorman – Lambent; Ross Edwards – Incantations

There is also a special edition of The Lyric Voice produced for today’s live broadcast. Additional music tracks selected by Derek Jones
Incl. Albert Arlen/Lanchbery – The Sentimental Bloke: selection; Philip Bračanin – Dance Gunda; Michael Easton – Concerto for piano accordion, piano and strings

Just Classics

Weekdays 11am-1pm

Monday 26 January 11.05am – Australia Day Special
Direct broadcast from Hyde Park North, Sydney (near the Archibald Fountain) – listeners in Sydney are most welcome to attend this free event. Featuring live performances from the Royal Australian Navy Band jazz ensemble and small military band, this live broadcast will also be interspersed by interviews with selected 'Australian of the Year' nominees.

Other Australian content from disc on Just Classics this month includes: Barry McKimm – Piccolo Concerto; Mussorgsky arr. Julian Yu – Pictures at an Exhibition; Charles Mackerras after Sullivan – Pineapple Poll: Suite; Graeme Koehne – Tivoli Dances; Sean O’Boyle – Shakuhachi Concerto; Elena Kats-Chernin – Four Rags for IM; Arthur Benjamin – Flute Suite: Allegretto, Andante and Allegro; Peter Sculthorpe – Kakadu: 'Cantando'; Lyn Williams – Lilly Pilly Leonardo; Andrew Blyth – Drifting; Eric Gross – Dusekiana; Malcolm Williamson – Our Man in Havana: Prelude, Dance, Waltz and Serenade.

Rising Stars

Sunday 4 January 9.05am
VCA Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble; Marco van Pagee, conductor; Zoë Black, violin.
Mark Pollard – All Fired Up; Roger Smalley – Konzertstück; Don Banks – Equations I and II
John Harding, violin; Hector McDonald, horn; Ian Munro, piano
Incl. Don Banks – Horn Trio: 3rd movt

Sunday 11 January 9.05am
Alex Raineri, piano.
Incl. Alex Raineri – Dinner at Table 7; Shadow Sketches
Young Voices of Melbourne/Mark O’Leary
Incl. Paul Jarman – Volta do mar largo; The Sea of Berries

Weekend Life

Saturday 3 January 12.05pm
Sydney Symphony; Tomas Netopil, conductor
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – Mangrove

Saturday Session

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

Sunday Live

Best of Sunday Live repeat season

Sunday 25 January 3pm
Tom Vincent Band: Lee Barker, bass; Alistair Dobson, saxophone; Derek Grice, bass clarinet; Les Johnston, trombone; Ben van der Wahl, drums; Tom Vincent, piano; Chris Williams, trumpet.
Incl. Tom Vincent – Yvette (world premiere); Open

At Home
with Julian Day

Saturday 3 January 7.05pm
Anne Boyd – Goldfish Through Summer Rain; Philip Bračanin – Guitar Concerto; Elena Kats-Chernin – Wild Rice; Anne Boyd – As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams
Saturday 10 January 7.05pm
Sean O’Boyle – Concerto for Didjeridu; David Holyoake – Om mani padme hung; Tim Hansen – Earwig; Andrew Schultz – Twelve Variations
Saturday 17 January 7.05pm
Ross Edwards – Yanada; Nigel Westlake – Piano Concerto; Ann Carr-Boyd – Fandango; Raymond Hanson – Sonata, Op 5
Saturday 24 January 7.05pm
Erik Griswold – Three Latin Rhythms; Richard Meale – Three Miró Pieces; Eric Gross – Suite Latin American
Saturday 31 January 7.05pm
David Stanhope – Little Ripper March; Matthew Hindson – In Memoriam, Concerto for amplified cello and orchestra; Elena Kats-Chernin – Four Rags for IM

Your Requests

Saturday 31 January 10.05am
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – The Fifth Continent

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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