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28 February 2008

ABC Classic FM Highlights - March 2008

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March on ABC Classic FM sees In Performance and the other concert slots offering a range of new and old Australian compositions, including premieres from James Ledger, Robert Davidson, Carl Vine, Peter Sculthorpe and Andrew Schultz.

Another Australian highlight is the new Saturday evening program At Home: a weekly hour of Australian compositions on CD with a popular touch.

And New Music Up Late catches up with several younger composers at The Song Company’s MODART07, checks out a new contemporary music festival and chats to composer David Chesworth as he celebrates the big five-oh. Plus the weekly Australian Music podcast continues at http://www.abc.net.au/classic/podcasts/feeds/amu.xml

New Music Up Late with Julian Day

Saturday 15 March

Mod Art ’07: The Song Company sounds out
Every two years The Song Company invites emerging composers to write new works for a capella vocal ensemble. Tonight we hear the latest batch: Andrew Batt-Rawden, Rebecca Harrison, Kate Moore, Alex Pozniak, Johanna Selleck and Claire Nash (NZ).

Saturday 22 March

Melbourne International Biennial of Experimental Music
Tonight we preview a brand new festival being held in Melbourne, as directed by leading young composer Anthony Pateras. The artists include John Rodgers, Ben Byrne, Natasha Anderson, Carolyn Connors and the Clocked Out Duo.

Saturday 29 March

Off The Record: David Chesworth at 50
Tonight we celebrate the 50th birthday of one of Australia’s most resourceful composers. Since the 1970s David Chesworth’s output has ranged from experimental rock music to chamber opera and installation.

In Performance

Tuesday 4 March 8.00pm

Goldner String Quartet; Steven Osborne (piano)
Direct broadcast from Hamer Hall, the Arts Centre, Melbourne, incl. Richard Mills - String Quartet No 1 (rev 2007)

Friday 7 March 8.00pm

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Diana Doherty (oboe), Sebastian Lang-Lessing (conductor). Direct broadcast from the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Incl. Brett Dean – Testament

Saturday 8 March 8.00pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Williams (guitar); Oleg Caetani (conductor). Direct broadcast from Hamer Hall, the Arts Centre, Melbourne, Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – Nourlangie

Monday 10 March 8.00pm

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2008 - Australian String Quartet, Incl. Richard MealeString Quartet No 2

Thursday 13 March 8.30pm

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2008 - Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Stockhammer (conductor), Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin – Zoom and Zip; Matthew Hindson – Comin’ right atcha

Saturday 8 March 8.00pm

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2008 - Australian String Quartet, Kristian Chong (piano), Ilya Konovalov (violin), Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – String Quartet No 9

Tuesday 18 March 8.00pm

West Australian Symphony Orchestra 2008 Season Opener, Asher Fisch (conductor), Incl. James Ledger – The madness and death of King Ludwig*

Wednesday 19 March 8.00pm

Huntington Estate Music Festival 2007, Karak Percussion, Incl. Robert Davidson – Above Ground (2007)

Friday 28 March 8.00pm

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Brett Dean (viola), Lothar Zagrosek (conductor), Incl. Brett Dean – Viola Concerto


Wednesday 5 March 1.05pm

Huntington Estate Music Festival 2007, Incl. Ross Edwards – More Marimba Dances (Karak Percussion); Graeme Koehne – Three Poems of Byron (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, baritone; Australian String Quartet); Carl Vine – Piano Sonata No 3 (2007) (Elizabeth Schumann, piano)
4.05pm Music selected by Julie Howard, Incl. Miriam Hyde – Happy Occasion Overture; Peter Sculthorpe – String Quartet No 10

Wednesday 12 March 1.05pm

Huntington Estate Music Festival 2007
Goldner String Quartet, Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – String Quartet No 17 (2007)*
After concert: Incl. Peggy Glanville-Hicks – Three Gymnopédies; Margaret Sutherland – Violin Concerto
4.05pm Music selected by Julie Howard, Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – Cello Dreaming; Matthew Hindson – Speed

Wednesday 19 March 1.05pm

Huntington Estate Music Festival 2007
Flinders Quartet, Incl. Richard Mills – Fantasias and Capriccio, Benjamin Martin – Brazil (2001); Goldner String Quartet Incl. Carl Vine – String Quartet No 5 (2007)*

Wednesday 26 March 1.05pm

Huntington Estate Music Festival 2007
Goldner String Quartet, Incl. Nigel Westlake – String Quartet No 2
After concert: Incl. Arthur Benjamin Romantic Fantasy

Weekend Life

Saturday 29 March 12.05pm

Southern Cross Soloists, Natsuko Yoshimoto (violin), Incl. Andrew Schultz Lines drawn from silence*

At Home (7.05pm, Presented by Julian Day)

Saturday 1 March

Percy Grainger – Molly On The Shore; The Warriors; Nigel Butterley – Evanston Song; Maria Grenfell – Di Primavera; Kate Adam, Dean Frenkel, Ariel Valent – Summer Waves

Saturday 8 March

Gerard Brophy – charm; Elena Kats-Chernin – Gypsy Ramble; Derek Strahan – Clarinet Concerto No 1: 3rd movt; Phillip Houghton – Stele; Carl Vine – Piano Sonata

Saturday 15 March

Nigel Westlake – Malachite Glass; Anne Boyd – Goldfish Through Summer Rain; Peter Sculthorpe – My Country Childhood; Stephen Leek – My Country; Anne Boyd – Cloudy Mountain

Saturday 22 March

Nigel Westlake – Cudmirrah Fanfare; Stuart Greenbaum – 90 Minutes Circling the Earth; Ross Edwards – Ecstatic Dances; Carl Vine – Sonata

Saturday 29 March

Paul Stanhope – Machinations; Claire Maclean – Hope There Is ; Et Misericordia; Sean O’Boyle – Riversymphony

Sunday Live

Direct broadcast from Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, New South Wales
Concert-goers in the greater Wollongong area are welcome.
Please be seated by 2.50pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm.
Entry is free.

Sunday 2 March 3.00pm

KAMMER ENSEMBLE; Karen Cummings (mezzo-soprano), Incl. Paul StanhopeMorning Star II; Percy GraingerMolly on the Shore

Sunday 9 March 3.00pm

The Southcoasters: Jeremy Rose (saxophone and flute); Nick Garbett (trumpet and flugelhorn), Danny Carmichael (trombone), Nick Southcott (piano/Rhodes and melodica), Mike Majowski (double bass), Alex Masso (drums). Incl. Jeremy RoseMother’s Dance & Action reaction; Nick GarbettGeo Gem; Nick SouthcottEarly rays

Rising Stars

Sunday 23 March 9.05pm

Young Voices of Melbourne, VCA Percussion Ensemble, Incl. Stephen LeekCanecutters; Daniel WalkerRoad Poem; plus Kim ChalmersRiverlife

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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