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24 October 2007

ABC Classic FM Australian Music Highlights – November 2007

Stephen Adams Image: Stephen Adams  

November on ABC Classic FM sees a big focus on the music of Ross Edwards across a wide range of program areas. Through the month there are also a number of premieres of new Australian works by other composers, including a special 50th birthday celebration concert for composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

The month also sees the continuation of the ABC Classic FM Australian Music Unit podcast, launched last month. The podcasts feature a variety of ABC-exclusive music recordings, beginning with David Young’s Val Camonica pieces, with music downloads periodically interspersed with interviews with Australian artists selected from the New Music Up Late program. You can subscribe to the podcast at www.abc.net.au/classic/australianmusic

New Music Up Late with Julian Day

Saturday 3 November 10.30pm

A Month of Ross Edwards
Tonight we kick-start ABC Classic FM's month-long focus on Australian composer Ross Edwards. We explore Ross's roots and hear some of the darker works of his youth including The Tower of Remoteness (1978) and Laikan (1979).

Saturday 10 November 10.30pm

Musicircus (& other sideshows)
Tune your radio ear to the glorious cacophony of John Cage's famous Musicircus, as re-created by a vast array of Australian musicians, sound artists and other performers last month at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. According to Cage, in a musicircus ‘you simply bring together under one roof as much music (as many musical groups and soloists) as practical.’

Saturday 17 November 10.30pm

Melbourne Composers' League turns 10
Tonight we celebrate the 10th birthday of the Melbourne Composers' League with a selection of recordings from the back catalogue and a nod to their forthcoming anniversary concert.

Saturday 24 November 10.30pm

Elena Kats-Chernin at 50
Tonight we celebrate the 50th birthday of one of Australia's most colourful composers in a concert performed by the Sydney Omega Ensemble earlier this evening in Sydney. Includes Charleston Noir, Blue Silence and the world premiere of Slow Down Lady.

In Performance

Friday 2 November 8.00pm

Stephen Hough (piano).
Incl. Ross EdwardsKumari; arr. Stephen HoughMatilda’s Waltz; Stephen HoughOsmanthus Romp

Tuesday 6 November 8.30pm

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Genevieve Lacey (recorder); Richard Tognetti (violin/director). Direct broadcast from the Adelaide Town Hall.
Incl. James LedgerTo those who collected the past*; Verdi, arr. TognettiString Quartet in E minor

Saturday 10 November 8.00pm

Sydney Symphony, Agnes: Cheryl Barker (soprano); Dorothy: Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo-soprano); Don John: Steve Davislim (tenor); Philip II: Grant Doyle (baritone); Don Quexada: Paul Whelan (bass-baritone); Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers; Alexander Briger (conductor).
Isaac NathanDon John of Austria

Wednesday 14 November 8.00pm

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Cameron Hill (violin), Arvo Volmer (conductor).
Incl. Andrew SchultzEnding*

Thursday 22 November 8.00pm

Brentano String Quartet
Incl. Ross EdwardsSparks and Auras for string quartet*

Wednesday 28 November 8.00pm

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Riley Lee (shakuhachi), Paul Daniel (conductor).
Incl. Ross EdwardsThe Heart of Night

Keys to Music

Saturday 17 November 9.05am

The Composer 4: Ross Edwards
One of Australia's most highly regarded composers, Ross Edwards is Graham Abbott's guest in this program. The composer's career and varied inspirations and priorities will be reflected on in a wide-ranging discussion, illustrated by many recordings of his music.

Weekend Life

Saturday 3 November 12.05pm

Australian String Quartet & Jerusalem Quartet
Incl. Ross EdwardsVeni Creator Spiritus

Saturday Session

Saturday 24 November 3.00pm

Benjamin Greaves (violin), Colin Noble (piano).
Incl. Stuart GreenbaumViolin Sonata

Your Requests

Sunday 4 November 10.05am

Incl. Ross EdwardsPiano Trio; Nigel WestlakeAngolan Border

Rising Stars

Sunday 4 November 9.05am

Incl. Belinda Gehlert – Esque (Zephyr Quartet)

Sunday 11 November 9.05am

Incl. Hilary Kleinig – Sibuk & Esther the Cat (Zephyr Quartet); Anne Cawrse – Imperfect Fourth (Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar), Zephyr Quartet)

Sunday 18 November 9.05am

Incl. Dan Walker – The Arafura (VCASS Choir, Ron Murray (didjeridu), Louis Sharpe (djembe), Claire Preston (piano)); James Gilligan – Dig In, Drop Out (VCASS ‘Kool Kats’ Ensemble); Dan Walker – Sky Song (The Australian Voices/Stephen Leek)

Weekday Afternoons

Wednesday 7 November (after 1pm concert)

Incl. Ross Edwards – Oboe Concerto

Wednesday 14 November 1.05pm

Sydney Symphony, Michael Dauth (violin), Hugh Wolff (conductor).
Incl. Brett DeanKomarov’s Fall (Direct broadcast from the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart)
After-concert music Incl. Ross EdwardsSymphony No 3 (Mater Magna)

Wednesday 21 November (after 1pm concert)

Incl. Ross Edwards – Symphony No 5 (The Promised Land); Graeme Koehne – 1914: excerpts

Wednesday 28 November 8.00pm

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Riley Lee (shakuhachi), Paul Daniel (conductor).
Incl. Ross EdwardsThe Heart of Night.
After-concert music Incl. Ross EdwardsSymphony No 1 (Da Pacem Domine) (Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills (conductor))

And at 4.05pm – Music selected by Julie Howard

Thursday 1 November

Ross Edwards – White Ghost Dancing; Phillip Houghton – Cave Painting; Colin Brumby – The Seven Ages of Man; Eugene Goossens – Divertissement, Op 66

Monday 5 November

Peter Sculthorpe – Sun Song ; Carl Vine – Percussion Concerto; Graham Powning – Flute Quartet No 2; Peter Sculthorpe Little Serenade; Left Bank Waltz

Thursday 8 November

Nigel Sabin – An Australian Holiday; Ross Edwards – Marimba Dances; Peter Sculthorpe – Port Essington; Carl Vine – Symphony No 2

Tuesday 13 November

Percy Grainger – Hill-Song No. 1

Thursday 15 November

Simon Walker – For the Term of His Natural Life: Theme; Carl Vine – Flute Sonata; Andrew Ford – The Waltz Book: excerpts

Tuesday 20 November

Miriam Hyde – Village Fair

Thursday 22 November

Nigel Westlake – Malachite Glass; Philip Bracanin – Clarinet Concerto

Monday 26 November

Ross Edwards – Dance Mantras; Nigel Westlake – Omphalo Centric Lecture

Tuesday 27 November

Nigel Westlake – out of the blue…

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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