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24 April 2008

ABC Classic FM Australian Music Highlights: May 2008

Stephen Adam, Producer ABC Classic FM Australian Music Unit Image: Stephen Adam, Producer ABC Classic FM Australian Music Unit  
© Stephen Adams

The month of May on ABC Classic FM features the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Metropolis Concert Series, celebrating the music of contemporary Australian composers Georges Lentz, Mary Finsterer and Keith Humble, plus other In Performance concert broadcasts including world premieres from Matthew Hindson and Gerard Brophy, and the world premiere of a special collaborative orchestral composition by Matthew Hindson and William Barton in ‘Afternoons’.

‘New Music Up Late’ goes west this month with a concert by Perth’s ‘Pi’ Ensemble, including a new piece by Cathie Travers and an Off The Record interview program with Perth’s Ross Bolleter, Australia’s master of the ‘ruined’ piano. Plus we present a new radiophonic work from award-winning sound artist Colin Black.

And the Australian Music website presents a new special feature, four new solo works for lutes, commissioned by ABC Classic FM. Just go to http://www.abc.net.au/classic/australianmusic and follow the links to hear and see master lutenist Tommie Andersson in a series of videos performing these unique works and introducing us to the instrument, along with the challenges of performing these new works.

New Music Up Late with Julian Day

Sat 3 May 10:30pm

Off The Record: Ross Bolleter
Famed for his work with 'ruined' pianos, Ross Bolleter is one of the true mavericks of the experimental scene. Tonight we hear his work along with his musical influences.

Sat 17 May 10:30pm

Join us for a concert given by ‘Pi’ Ensemble, featuring a new work by Cathie Travers Sanctuary , inspired by the Mt Gibson Sanctuary in Western Australia. Additional works by David PyeThe Seasons ; David Pye/ Lee BuddleJarrah [the life of a giant].

Saturday 24 May 10:30pm

Longing, Love and Loss
Have you ever been in love? Tonight we hear an ambitious radiophonic meditation on the topic by award-winning sound artist Colin Black.

In Performance

Friday 9 May 8.00pm

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Volmer (conductor), Pei-Jee Ng, Pei-Sian Ng, Li-Wei & Nicolas Altstaedt (cellos). Incl. Matthew Hindson Ictalurus Punctatus *

Saturday 10 May 8.00pm

MSO Metropolis Festival
Live from the CUB Malthouse, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Dean (conductor). Featuring Georges Lentz Caeli enarrant…III; Mary Finsterer Ruisselant and Keith Humble Arcade V.

Monday 19 May 7.05pm

Australian String Quartet
Live from the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. Australian String Quartet, Marshall McGuire (harp). Incl. Ross Edwards Arafura Dances.

Thursday 22 May 8.00pm

Ensemble Gombert, John O’Donnell (conductor). Incl. Nigel Butterley The True Samaritan; Ross Edwards Ab Estatis Foribus; Clare Maclean Christ the King; Peter Campbell Three Settings of Robert Frost; Calvin Bowman To Daffodills; Vaughan McAlley Missa Caelestis.

Wednesday 28 May 7.30pm

TrioZ: Kathryn Selby, Niki Vasilakis & Emma-Jane Murphy, Incl. Ross Edwards Piano Trio.

Friday 30 May 8.00pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Synergy Percussion, TaikOz, Riley Lee, shakuhachi & Prudence Davis, flute. Live from Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne. Incl. Gerard Brophy The Book of Clouds*.


Wednesday 7 May 4.05pm

Incl. Ross Edwards Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra.

Tuesday 13 May 1.05pm

NDR Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanne Mälkki (conductor)
Incl. Brett Dean Carlo for strings, sampler and tape.

Wednesday 14 May 1.05pm

Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Werner Andreas Albert (conductor)
Incl. Philip Bračanin Symphony No 3.

Wednesday 28 May 1.05pm

Sydney Symphony, Richard Gill (conductor), William Barton (didjeridu). Incl. Matthew Hindson & William Barton Kalkadunga *

At Home

Saturday 3 May 7.00pm

Andrew Ford Snatches of Old Lauds ; Philip Czaplowski Concerto for Clarinet and Strings; Meghan Stevens Twilight; Elena Kats-Chernin Charlston Noir; Stuart Greenbaum But I Want The Harmonica.

Saturday 10 May 7.00pm

Peter Sculthorpe New Norcia; Maria Grenfell Four Leunig Pieces; Peter Sculthorpe Great Sandy Island; Stephen Adams Sydney Dreaming.

Saturday 17 May 7.00pm

Stuart Greenbaum 90 Minutes Circling the Earth; William Lovelock Rhapsody Concerto for Harp and Orchestra; Padma Newsome Yeri Ali ; Cathie Travers Pesto; Cathie Travers TVC.

Saturday 24 May 7.00pm

Martin Kay Tango; Phillip Houghton From The Dreaming; Richard Charlton Spiral Ellipse; Richard Charlton Romanza; Richard Mills Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Saturday 31 May 7.00pm

Carl Vine Red Blues; Margaret Sutherland Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Andrew Ford Asides On The Oboe; Elena Kats-Chernin Wild Rice.

Sunday Live

Direct broadcast from the Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne.
Concert-goers in Melbourne are welcome. Please be seated by 2.50pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm. Entry is free.

Sunday 4 May 3.00pm

Odeon Guitar Trio: Doug de Vries (guitar, cavaquinho), Ken Murray (guitar, mandolin), Jaime Smith (guitar, mandolin). Ravel arr. Doug de Vries Valses nobles et sentimentales; Bellinati Baião de Gude; Doug de Vries Astoria; Jobim arr Pereira Eu te amo; Ken Murray Ruben’s Rhumba; Ken Murray Scarlett; Doug de Vries Pranto de cavaco.

Sunday 11 May

Colin Spiers ZYJ. Tristram Williams (trumpet), Michael Fowler (piano).

Your Requests

Saturday 31 May 10.00am

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Wendy Pomroy (piano), Patrick Thomas (conductor). Colin Brumby Piano Concerto.

Rising Stars

Sunday 25 May 10.00am

Australian Youth Orchestra, Thomas Woods (conductor). Matthew Hindson A Symphony of Modern Objects: Twisted Ladders

Just Classics

Wednesday 21 May

Jennifer Bates, Jean Long, John Stewart, Geoffrey Eager, William Brooks (soloists), Joyce Hutchinson (piano); Sydney Philharmonia Choir; Peter Seymour (conductor); Sydney Symphony, John Hopkins (conductor). Incl. Percy Grainger Tribute to Foster.

Saturday Session

Saturday 18 May 3.00pm

Catherine Davis (piano), James Kortum (flute). Margery Smith Sonata for solo flute.

Saturday 31 May 3.00pm

Stephen Emmerson (piano), Georgia Hawes (mezzo-soprano), Pat Marchisella (double-bass), Patricia Pollett (viola), Floyd Williams (clarinet). Program includes Mark Isaacs Night Song; Mark Isaacs Lullaby; Mark Isaacs Dream Chant; Elena Kats-Chernin Naive Interlude.

Weekend Life

Saturday 19 May 12.05pm

Sydney Symphony, Steven Sloane (conductor), Tabea Zimmerman (viola). Georges Lentz – Monh, from Mysterium (Caeli enarrant…VII)**

* = World premiere

** = Australian premiere



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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