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22 January 2009

ABC Classic FM Highlights: March 2009

Stephen Adams Image: Stephen Adams  

This March, on ABC Classic FM, we present a very special series of historical programs on the music and life of composer, improviser and experimenter David Ahern. The month’s broadcasts also feature an intriguing all-Australian Sunday Live debut from the Leichardt Espresso Chorus and many other Australian concert works across the schedule of concert, studio and disc-based programs.

And if you visit our website’s classic/amp, you can listen to audio-on-demand of key works in David Ahern’s career as well as many other works by Australian composers of the past and of today.

New Music Up Late

Saturday 7 March 10.30pm After Ahern… the rise and fall of an innovator part 1
Tonight we begin our month-long focus on the music of composer, experimenter and improviser David Ahern. We feature the broadcast premiere of veteran ABC producer Andrew McLennan’s new 3-part feature series, Down For The Count: Episodes in the Musical Life of David Ahern, alongside the music of contemporary artists whose work resonates with his legacy.

Saturday 14 March 10.30pm After Ahern… the rise and fall of an innovator part 2

Saturday 21 March 10.30pm After Ahern… the rise and fall of an innovator part 3

Saturday 28 March 10.30pm After Ahern… the rise and fall of an innovator part 4
Tonight we wrap up our month-long Ahern special with more music from Ahern and related Australian musical innovators.

Sunday Live

Direct broadcast from the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, New South Wales. Concert-goers in the greater Western Sydney area are welcome. Please be seated by 2.50pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm. Entry is free.

Sunday 22 March 3.00pm Leichhardt Espresso Chorus/Michelle Leonard: 'Love, Lust and Longing. Songs for Edward and Bella'. An all-Australian program inspired by writer Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight. Sally Whitwell She walks in beauty; The song of the wandering Aengus; Dan Walker Excerpts from Seven Deadly Sins; Marco Creazzo Ave Maria; Elena Kats-Chernin Longing

Sunday 29 March 3.00pm Elana Stone Quartet
Incl. Elana Stone Seaplane; Everybody's doing it

In Performance

Wednesday 11 March 8pm Huntington Estate Music Festival 2008
Goldner String Quartet and others.
Incl. Paul Stanhope String Quartet No 1

Thursday 12 March 7.30pm Australian String Quartet Season Opener
Incl. Nigel Westlake High Tension Wires (String Quartet No.1)

Wednesday 18 March 8pm Huntington Estate Music Festival 2008
Goldner String Quartet and others.
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet No 16

Friday 27 March 8pm Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Season Opener
Feng Ning, violin; Arvo Volmer, conductor.
Incl. Nigel Westlake Shimmering Blue

Saturday 28 March 8pm Australia Ensemble 2009 Season Opener
Paul McMahon, tenor.
Incl. Brett Dean Winter Songs

Monday 30 March 8pm Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Feng Ning, violin; Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor.
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe My Country Childhood

Weekend Life

Sunday 1 March 12.05pm Royal Australian Navy Band: A Navy Salute
Direct broadcast from the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney.
Incl. Lieutenant Matthew Klohs Ships with No Name; Lieutenant Commander Phillip Anderson Proud Echo; Beat to Quarters; When Courage Abounds

Saturday Session

Saturday 14 March 3pm Jane Rosenson, harp; Kirsten Williams, violin
Incl. Nigel Westlake Antarctica: 'Beneath the Midnight Sun'

Saturday 21 March 3pm Matthew Kam, piano
Incl. Carl Vine Piano Sonata No 1

Saturday 28 March 3pm Arundo Reed Quintet: Leanne Glover, oboe; Alex Miller, clarinet; Katherine Smith, clarinet; Matthew Styles, saxophone; Jane Kircher, bassoon
Incl. John Polglase The Moon over the Day (Variations on a theme of Thomas Tallis)

Rising Stars

Sunday 1 March 9.05am Australian Youth Orchestra on Tour, 2007
Australian Youth Orchestra/Lawrence Foster. Recorded in Berlin courtesy of Deutschland Radio.
Incl. James Ledger Habits of Creatures

At Home

Australian music from disc with Julian Day, Saturdays at 7.05pm

Saturday 7 March
George Dreyfus Rush; Colin Bright Red Earth; Peter Sculthorpe Mangrove (William Barton, didjeridu); Clare Maclean Hope There Is; Sean Rigney The Garden of Forked Paths
Saturday 14 March
Matthew Hindson Little Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy; Richard Meale Clouds Now And Then; Damian Barbeler To Rise; Ross Edwards Piano Trio; Anne Boyd Angklung
Saturday 21 March
David Stanhope Little Ripper March; Graeme Koehne Powerhouse (Rhumba for Orchestra); Paul Stanhope The Arch Window; Stephen Adams Sydney Dreaming; Carl Vine Café Concertino
Saturday 28 March
Stephen Leek Ngana; Gerard Brophy Concerto in Blue; Liza Lim Weaver-of-fictions; Robert Davidson Junction Road


Substantial Australian works on weekday afternoons this month:
Wednesday 4 March 1.05pm
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe Quamby (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Richard Mills); plus Left Bank Waltz & Little Serenade

Wednesday 11 March 1.05pm
Incl. Philip Brańćanin Guitar Concerto

Monday 16 March after 3pm
Incl. trad arr. Percy Grainger Shenandoah; Near Woodstock Town; Graeme Koehne Once Around the Sun

Friday 20 March 3pm
Incl. Percy Grainger Bridal Lullaby Ramble; George Palmer Ruritanian Dances

Monday 16 March after 3pm
Incl. Nigel Sabin Inner-City Counterpoint

Your Requests

Saturday 7 March 10.05am
Today’s program includes several Australian repertoire requests: Miriam Hyde Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat minor (composer at piano); Linda Phillips Cradle Song; Sea Child; Percy Grainger The Lads of Wamphrey March

Up Late

Up Late with Simon Healy, this month from 10.30pm on weekdays, features a number of works, including some substantial Australian heritage works.

Monday 16 March
Incl. Arthur Benjamin Le Tombeau de Ravel (1958)

Tuesday 17 March
Incl. George Marshall-Hall Phantasy for Horn and Orchestra (1905)

Thursday 19 March
Incl. John Carmichael Bravura Waltzes

Monday 23 March
Incl. Alfred Hill String Quartet No 6 in G (The Kids) (1927)

Tuesday 24 March
Incl. Eugene Goossens Kaleidoscope, Op 18

Monday 31 March
Incl. Alfred Hill String Quartet No 4 in C minor (1916)


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Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, and online Australian music presentation. Since 2006, he has been co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program. Recent on-line projects include the AMU podcast, Orpheus Remix Awards, Lute Project and classic/amp.


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