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29 July 2009

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in August 2009

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in August 2009

Highlights in August on ABC Classic FM include a special ‘virtual’ radio concert, created in response to the Victorian bushfires. We also feature an excellent series of Sunday Live concerts from Brisbane highlighting the performing activities of several key new music ensembles from that city, and the work of a wide range of Australian composers.

On the web the AMU podcast presents Waiting to turn into puzzles, a substantial collaborative work from composer David Young and film artist Louise Curham, performed by Ensemble Offspring. The series also features talk with David Young and the offer of a series of special video downloads with music and film art together. And at classic/amp we present recordings of music by Nigel Butterley, Brett Dean, and others.

Weekend Life

Saturday 8 August 12:05pm – A Concert for Victoria
The tragic event of the Victorian bushfires last February will live long in the memories of all Australians. Many Victorians lost their lives, and thousands of survivors were left without homes. The response was immediate from people all over Australia. Everyone wanted to help in any way they could, and the staff at ABC Classic FM in Sydney were no exception. This program of recordings made last March is intended to commemorate this dreadful event and to raise money for the survivors. It was made possible by the voluntary work of producer Phil Carrick and engineers Yossi Gabbay, Christian Huff-Johnston and Andrew Dixon, the wonderful help of Sydney’s City Recital Hall General Manager Bronwyn Edinger, not to mention the extraordinary generosity of the musicians who volunteered their time.

The program includes: Peter Sculthorpe – Anthem for Australia (Sydney Brass/Paul Goodchild; Brian Nixon, percussion); Joseph Twist – Rain Dream (Sydney Children’s Choir/Lyn Williams; Sally Whitwell, piano); Timothy Constable – Waves 09 (Synergy/Timothy Constable); Mike Nock – Sunrise; Song for the Children (Mike Nock, piano); Matthew Klohs – Ships without a name (RAN Band/Lieutenant Matthew Klohs; David Ritchie, narrator).

Sunday Live

These are direct broadcasts from the Ferry Road Music Centre, Brisbane. Concert-goers in Brisbane are welcome - entry is free. Please be seated by 2.50pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm.

Sunday 9 August 3pm – The Australian Voices; Stephen Leek, conductor
Program: Stephen Leek – Coonawrin; Gerard Brophy – Tempo; Gerard Brophy – Capricornia; Stephen Leek – Burrinjuck; Stephen Leek – My Country: Spring; High Places; Southern Garden; Robert Davidson – Insufficient Knowledge; Daniel Walker – Midwinter; Lisa Young – Other plans; Daniel Walker – The Blue Horse; trad. arr Stephen Leek – The Black Swan

Sunday 16 August 3pm – Clocked Out Duo: Erik Griswold, prepared piano; Vanessa Tomlinson, percussion.
Program: Erik Griswold – Foreign Objects; Toy Feldman; Lavender Mist; Rainbows in the Dark

Sunday 23 August 3pm – Topology with Katie Noonan, vocalist
Bernard Hoey, viola; Christa Powell, violin; John Babbage, saxophone; Kylie Davidson, piano; Robert Davidson, bass. Program: arrangements of music by Joni Mitchell: Bernard Hoey (arr. 'All I Want), Katie Noonan ('My Old Man'), Robert Davidson ('Little Green'), John Babbage ('Blue'), John Babbage ('California'), Robert Davidson ('This Flight Tonight'), Bernard Hoey ('River'); John Babbage ('A Case of You'), Robert Davidson ('The Last Time I Saw Richard')

Sunday 30 August 3pm – Endeavour Trio: Paul Dean, clarinet; Stephen Emmerson, piano; Louise King, cello.
Incl. Andrew Schultz – After Nina

In Performance

Thursday 6 August 8.00pm – Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, 2009. Direct broadcast from the Townsville Civic Theatre.
Incl. Paul Stanhope – Songs for the Shadow Land (Southern Cross Soloists)

Tuesday 11 August 8.30pm – Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti, violin/director. Direct broadcast from the Adelaide Town Hall.
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe – Chaconne for Solo Violin and Strings (world première)

Saturday 15 August 8.00pm – Australian National Academy of Music: Michael Kieran Harvey, piano & Timothy Young, piano. Direct broadcast from South Melbourne Town Hall.
Incl. Andrew Ford – Folly

Wednesday 19 August 9.00pm – Schwetzingen Festival: Aglika Genova, piano; Liuben Dimitrov, piano.
Incl. Percy Grainger – Fantasy on George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess (Courtesy of South West German Radio)

Monday 31 August 8.00pm – Sydney Symphony; William Barton, didjeridu; Richard Gill, conductor.
Incl. Matthew Hindson/William Barton – Kalkadungu; William Barton – Solo for didjeridu

New Music Up Late

Saturday 1 August 10.30pm – The Jazz-eye View #1
This week, Gerry Koster from Jazz Up Late guest-presents the first of two programs with a jazz-eye view of the new music landscape, including recent improvised and experimental jazz works from Australia.

Saturday 8 August 10.30pm – The Jazz-eye View #2
Gerry Koster from Jazz Up Late guest-presents the second of two programs with a jazz-eye view of the new music landscape, including recent improvised and experimental jazz works from Australia.

Saturday 15 August 10.30pm – Toy Piano Plus Live
Tonight we present the remarkable Margaret Leng Tan in a two-part program: ‘Toy Piano Plus’ followed by George Crumb’s Makrokosmos II: 12 Fantasy-Pieces After the Zodiac for Amplified Piano. Presented by the Australian National Academy of Music and coming to you live from the South Melbourne Town Hall, the first part of the program features toy piano, prepared piano and various toy instruments and music boxes with works including Australian premieres of Brisbane-based composer Erik Griswold’s Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine, and Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

Rising Stars

Sunday 30 August 9.05am – Genevieve Lacey, recorders; Flinders Quartet
Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin – Re-inventions 1-4 (after Two and Three-part Inventions by J.S. Bach).

Your Requests

Saturday 15 August 10.05am
Today’s edition of Your Requests includes two substantial Australian compositions: Inflight Entertainment (Concerto for amplified oboe) by Graeme Koehne, featuring Diana Doherty as soloist with the Sydney Symphony, conducted by Takuo Yuasa; and Elena Kats-Chernin’s – Phoenix Story for the cellist twins Pei-Sian Ng and Pei-Jee Ng.

At Home

Australian music from disc with Julian Day
Saturdays at 7.05pm

1 August
Malcolm Williamson – Santiago de Espada, Overture; Don Kay – Dance Rondos I & II; Malcolm Williamson – Sinfonia Concertante for three trumpets, piano and strings; Don Kay – Three Canzonas for flute and viola

8 August
Peter Sculthorpe – New Norcia; Maria Grenfell – Four Leunig Pieces; Peter Sculthorpe – Great Sandy Island; Stephen Adams – Sydney Dreaming; Ross Edwards – Blackwattle Caprices; Russell Gilmour – The Suite Hereafter

15 August
In Performance direct concert broadcast (for details, please see above)

22 August
Martin Kay – Tango; Phillip Houghton – From The Dreaming; Richard Charlton – Spiral Ellipse; Richard Mills – Preludes; Richard Charlton – Romanza

29 August
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

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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