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29 September 2008

ABC Classic FM Australian Music Highlights - October 2008

Stephen Adams Image: Stephen Adams  

The month of October on ABC Classic FM sees the first-stage launch of classic/amp – a new project to present a growing collection of ABC recordings of classic Australian composition and experimental music on the web. The music is being presented as on-demand streaming audio in Windows Media and RealPlayer formats, and will, over time, develop extensive cross-linking of related material both within the ABC website and with cultural partners such as the AMC. The first stage of the website is launching in mid October, so go to Classic FM's Australian Music website and follow the links to check out classic/amp.

You can also subscribe to our AMU (Australian Music Unit) podcast series to receive new Australian music weekly to your computer. This month's podcasts include recordings from Ensemble Offspring and The Song Company's Cage Uncaged concerts. You can also check out past podcasts.

Meanwhile, on the radio, catch performances of a variety of new and old Australian compositions and collaborations including the world premiere of a quartet from Adelaide-based composer David Harris and diverse music by Monica Brooks & Joe Talia, Brett Dean, Every Man 4 Himself (Griswold/Carr/ Hall/Edie), Malcolm Fox, Stuart Greenbaum, Hannaford/Tinkler/Rex/Edie, Graeme Koehne, Maxximal Patterrorist (Anthony Pateras & Max Kohane), Richard Meale, Richard Mills, Ian Munro, David Osbourne, Andrew Schultz, David Pye, Michael Smetanin, Paul Tanner, Nigel Westlake, and Michael Yezerski/Richard Tognetti. And more Australian music off commercial discs in At Home and Afternoons.

New Music Up Late

With Julian Day and John Encarnacao

Sat 4th October 10.30pm – Off The Record: Michael Smetanin
Tonight we invite Michael to share his views on new music and the works that matter to him. And we celebrate his big five-oh.

Sat 18th October 10.30pm – Make It Up Club 10th birthday concert
They've been making it up for more than a decade, and tonight we bring you a special concert from the Melbourne improv scene to celebrate! The program includes new improvised and collaborative compositions from Monica Brooks & Joe Talia; Marc Hannaford, Scott Tinkler, Philip Rex & Ken Edie; Maxximal Patterrorist (Anthony Pateras and Max Kohane); and Every Man 4 Himself (Erik Griswold, Ben Carr, AJ Hall, & Ken Edie)

In Performance

Thursday 2nd October 8.00pm
Direct broadcast from the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne.
Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra; David Osborne, musical director.
The Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra presents a special program that includes highlights from their new CD: Late Harvest – Imagined Music of a Forgotten Australia.
Incl. David Osborne – Afternoon Visitors; Another Tango; Button Dance; Masquerade; Regeneration Waltz; Letters Home; Kelly's Lament; March No 3; Waltz No 4; Left at Carlisle

Wednesday 8th October 7.30pm – Musica Viva Festival
Direct broadcast from the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney.
Australian String Quartet; Eggner Trio; Juilliard String Quartet; Bernadette Balkus, piano; Sara Macliver, soprano; Ian Munro, piano.
Incl. Ian Munro – Divertissement sur le nom d'Erik Satie

Saturday 11th October 8.00pm – Musica Viva Festival
Direct broadcast from the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney.
Jerusalem Quartet. Incl. Richard Mills – String Quartet No 3

Sunday 12th October 8.00pm – Musica Viva Festival
Direct broadcast from the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney.
Australian String Quartet; Eggner Trio; Juilliard String Quartet; The Song Company; Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo-soprano; Dimity Hall, violin; Yvette Goodchild, viola.
Incl. Graeme Koehne – Three Poems of Byron

Monday 13th October 8.00pm
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Gondwana Voices; Richard Tognetti, violin/director.
Incl. Michael Yezerski/Richard Tognetti The Red Tree.
Followed by: Dean-Emmerson-Dean in New Zealand: Paul Dean, clarinet; Brett Dean, viola; Stephen Emmerson, piano.
Incl. Andrew Schultz – Stick Dance (Recorded in the Auckland Town Hall. Courtesy of Radio New Zealand Concert)

Wednesday 15th October 8.00pm
Grainger Quartet: James Cudderford, violin; Natsuko Yoshimoto, violin; Patrick Murphy, cello; Jeremy Williams, viola.
Incl. David Harris – Terra Rapta (Stolen Land) (world premiere)

Friday 17th October 8.00pm
West Australian Symphony Orchestra; Brett Dean, viola; Lothar Zagrosek, conductor.
Incl. Brett Dean – Viola Concerto

Monday 27th October 7.05pm
Direct broadcast from The Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra; Jacqueline Porter, soprano; Jeffrey Crellin, conductor.
Incl. Malcolm Fox – Pathways of Ancient Dreaming

At Home

With Julian Day

Saturday 4th October 7.00pm
Sean O'Boyle – Riversymphony; Jane Stanley – Celestial Dance; John Carmichael – Piano Quartet (Sea Changes)

Saturday 11th October 7.00pm
Stephen Leek – Ngana; Carl Vine – Cello Concerto; Stephen Leek – Great Southern Spirits

Saturday 18th October 7.00pm
John Antill – Corroboree: 'Welcome Ceremony'; Peter Sculthorpe – Kakadu; Graeme Koehne – To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: The Morning Star; Gothic Toccata; Philip Hall – My Beloved Spake; Carl Crossin – Apache Blessing; Anne Cawrse Echo; Song; Quentin Grant – Hymns To The Night

Saturday 25th October 7.00pm
Julian Yu – Concertino on Chinese Themes; Brett Dean – Intimate Decisions; Racheal Cogan – Nanourisma; Linda Laasi & Mia Shaw – Spear Against The Gunyah

Sunday Live

With Peter Holland

Sunday 19th October 3.00pm
Defying Gravity; Tim White, director.
Incl. David Pye – Rebana Loops; Nigel Westlake – Fabian Theory; Paul Tanner – Cuba
Concert-goers in Perth are welcome. Because of the time zone difference in Western Australia, concert-goers in Perth are asked to be seated by 11.50pm for a 12noon performance.

Saturday Session

With Mairi Nicholson

Saturday 18th October 3.00pm
Benjamin Greaves, violin; Colin Noble, piano.
Incl. Stuart Greenbaum – Violin Sonata


With Paul Bevan

Thursday 2nd October after 3pm
Incl. John Carmichael – Phoenix (Concerto for flute and orchestra); Dulcie Holland – Such is Life

Friday 3rd October after 4.05pm
Incl. Schubert arr. Robert Davidson – Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D821

Wednesday 8th October after 4.05pm
Incl. Riley Lee – Serenity flows; Anne Boyd – As I crossed a bridge of dreams; Percy Grainger – 'Lullaby' from Tribute to Foster; Elena Kats-Chernin – Butterflying

Friday 10th October 1.05pm
Incl. Carl Vine – Symphony No 3

Wednesday 15th October after 3.00pm
Incl. Philip Bračanin – Concertino for piano and strings; Rae Howell – Underneath; Percy Grainger after Ravel – Valley of the Bells

Tuesday 21st October after 3.00pm
Fritz Hart – The Bush, Op. 59

Wednesday 22nd October after 3.00pm
Graeme Koehne – Palm Court Suite

Friday 24th October after 4.05pm
Incl. Graeme Koehne – Inflight Entertainment

Monday 27th October after 4.05pm
Incl. Graeme Koehne – To his Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse; The Selfish Giant: Scenes 5 and 6

Wednesday 29th October after 3.00pm
Incl. Malcolm Williamson – Ochre; Agnus Dei; Lux aeterna; In Paradisum; Azure; and Richard Meale – Three Miró Pieces – Sydney Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman (ABC Classic FM concert recording)

Friday 31st October after 4.05pm
Incl. Arthur Benjamin after D Scarlatti – Suite for Flute and Strings; Eugene Goossens – Cadet Rouselle; Tam O'Shanter (ABC Classic FM recordings)

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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