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30 June 2008

ABC Classic FM Australian Music Highlights: July 2008

Stephen Adams Image: Stephen Adams  

The month of July on ABC Classic FM features the music of contemporary Australian composers, including David Stanhope, George Dreyfus, Roger Smalley, Michael Smetanin, Elena Kats-Chernin, Stephen Leek, Clare Maclean, Colin Brumby, Martin Kay, David Young, Matthew Shlomowitz, Colin Bright, Stuart Greenbaum and Philip Bracanin.

And don't forget the Australian music website for the best in Australian music from ABC Classic FM. While you're there you can also subscribe to the ever-increasing AMU podcast series.

New Music Up Late with Julian Day

Sat 5th July 10.30pm – John Cage: Opening the Cage

This month we focus on the legacy of American composer John Cage (1912-1992) in a series of one-hour specials. We begin by revisiting last year's Melbourne International Arts Festival for a walk around an Australian Cage 'musicircus'.

Sat 12th July 10.30pm – John Cage: To the Sea

Our ongoing focus on composer John Cage takes us to Sydney's newest large performance venue, CarriageWorks. Ensemble Offspring and The Song Company present aquatically-inclined music by Cage and by local composers Matthew Shlomowitz and Colin Bright. Plus new releases and other new sounds from Australia and abroad.

Sat 19th July 10.30pm – John Cage: To the Earth

Our July focus on composer John Cage continues with more music from the Cage Uncaged event held last year at Sydney's CarriageWorks. This earth-bound tribute presents Cage's late number pieces alongside a response to Cage from local composer David Young. Plus new releases and other new sounds from Australia and abroad.

Sat 26th July 10.30pm – John Cage: To the Air

We wrap up our month-long focus on composer John Cage with music from the third Cage Uncaged concert presented last year by The Song Company and Ensemble Offspring. This airy sweep takes in antiphonal meditations by Cage along with three new works by local composers. And of course, new releases and other new sounds from Australia and abroad.

In Performance

Saturday 5th July 8.00pm – Goldner String Quartet

Damien Beaumont presents a direct broadcast of the Governor's Gala Concert from the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.
Incl. Carl Vine String Quartet No 3

Afternoons with Paul Bevan

In Concert
Wed 2nd July 1.05pm

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, violin/director
Recorded this year in Hamer Hall, the Arts Centre, Melbourne
Incl. Roger Smalley Strung Out

Wednesday 9th July 1.05pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Howard Shelly, piano
Conducted by Richard Hickox
Incl. Eugene Goossens Phantasy, Concerto for Piano

Tuesday 31st July 1.05pm

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Jane Sheldon, soprano
Conducted by Ola Rudner
Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin Wild Swans, Concert Suite

On Disc
Tuesday 1st July 4.05pm - Philip Bracanin Concertos

Clarinet Concerto with Floyd Williams, clarinet

Friday 18th July 1.05pm - Philip Bracanin Concertos

Guitar Concerto with Karin Schaupp, guitar

Tues 1st July – Fri 4th July 4.05pm – Australia on CD

Miriam Hyde Forest Echoes; Lonely Trees; The Quiet Meadow; Percy Grainger Australian Up-Country Song; Dulcie Holland – Piano Sonata; Peter Sculthorpe Port Essington; Ronald Hamner Blue Hills Rhapsody; Alfred Hill Waltz Caprice; Stephen Leek My Country: High Places; Graeme Koehne High Art, concerto for trumpet and orchestra; Colin Brumby Harlequinade; Michael Smetanin Finger Funk

Wednesday 16th July 1.05pm

Arthur Benjamin after Domenico Scarlatti – Suite for flute and strings; Siciliana; Fantasie; Romance Impromptu; Peter Sculthorpe Kakadu

Tuesday 22nd July 1.05pm – George Dreyfus's 80th Birthday

George Dreyfus Marion; Mary Gilmore goes to Paraguay

Saturday Session

Saturday 5th July 3.00pm – Sally Mays, piano

Recorded in the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne
Helen Gifford – Piano Sonata; Lost; Loss; Margaret Sutherland Extension; Chiaroscuro II; Voices I; Eric Gross Playful Sally; Frank Millward Clown Dance 2

Saturday 26th July 3.00pm – Ken Murray, guitar & mandolin

Recorded in the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne
Paul Stanhope Mularra Lament; Elena Kats-Chernin Purple Patch; Michael Smetanin Sting; Christopher Sainsbury North Country Sketches; Stuart Greenbaum Five Tales of Human Endeavour: IV 'Into the Forest'; Richard Vella Prelude No 2: River; Ken Murray Lydia's Tune; Ken Murray Lucky Strike; Thomas Reiner Contemplation; Stuart Greenbaum Rushall Express

At Home with Julian Day

Saturday 5th July 7.00pm

Ross Edwards Emerald Crossing; Clare Maclean Hope There Is; Et Misericordia; Graeme Koehne – String Quartet No 3 'True History of the Kelly Gang'

Saturday 12th July 7.00pm

David Stanhope Olympic Fireworks; Graham Powning – Flute Quartet No 1; Paul Stanhope My Song Is Love Unknown; Wendy Hiscocks The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn; David Stanhope A Leadsman, a Lady and a Lord

Saturday 26th July 7.00pm

Matthew Hindson A Symphony of Modern Objects: Twisted Ladders; Roger Smalley Barcarolle; Crepuscule: 15 Variations on a Theme of Brahms; Colin Brumby The Trenchant Troubadour (excerpts); Martin Kay Habanera; Tango

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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