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27 November 2009

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in December 2009

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in December 2009

In December on ABC Classic FM, following last month's special feature, we start the month with two Song Company concert programs, MODART09 and 'Sound and Silence', presenting a large collection of new works from younger Australian composers as well as works by established composers, set in typical Song Company style, amidst a thoughtfully eclectic selection of vocal works from many eras exemplifying the breadth and quality of the Company's work in this their 25th anniversary year. This concert is followed two days later by another anniversary concert, this time for the Australia Ensemble, celebrating their 30th year of concert-giving with a raft of newly commissioned short works by composers associated with the group.

Also worth catching is the series of five programs of works from this year's International Rostrum of Composers, including New Music Up Late's broadcast of the two winners, and this year's Australian entry, created by Natasha Anderson, Amanda Stewart and international collaborator Jerome Noetinger. As is our podcast series of MODART09 works and composer interviews and the latest additions to classic/amp.

In Performance

Monday 7 December 8.00pm - The Song Company Roland Peelman, director
Incl. Liza Lim - Xi (double happiness); Michael Smetanin - Due Pezzi per niente

Wednesday 9 December 8.00pm - Australia Ensemble anniversary celebration
Incl. Eugene Goossens - Suite for Flute, Violin and Harp, Op 6; Raffaele Marcellino - Les Darcy Dances (world premiere); Andrew Ford - On Winter's Traces (world premiere); Martin Wesley-Smith - Invention I (world premiere); Ross Edwards - Retrospective (world premiere); Matthew Hindson - Beauty (world premiere); Peter Sculthorpe - A Little Song of Love (world premiere); Elena Kats-Chernin - Birthday Miniature (world premiere)

Tuesday 22 December 8.00pm - Sydney Chamber Choir; Marshall McGuire, harp
Incl. Christopher Willcock - Southern Star (conductor: Neil McEwan)

New Music Up Late

With Julian Day

Saturday 5 December 10.30pm - MODART09
We take you into the heart of the Song Company's biennial composer development project to listen to the new works and talk with the artists about the works, writing for voice and the MODART workshop process. The new works you'll hear are: Alexandra Hay (NZ) - Dream Logic; Amy Bastow - 'It's Organic...With Soy'; Mark Oliviero - DOA; Melody Eötvös - The Intoxicated Poet; Lachlan Skipworth - Aida; King Pan Ng (China) - With Empty Hands; Anthony Leigh Dunstan - Thin Skin; Rae Howell - Goodness Gracious!; James Rushford - Mirrors

Saturday 12 December 10.30pm 10.30pm - International Rostrum of Composers 2009
Set in the middle of a fortnight of special programs from this year's Paris Rostrum, this program features the two winning works of the Rostrum along with this year's Australian entry Morphallaxis by Natasha Anderson, Amanda Stewart and international collaborator Jerome Noetinger as recorded at the Melbourne International Biennale of Exploratory Music in 2008.

Rising Stars

Sunday 13 December 9.05am - Alexander Hanysz, piano
Incl. John Polglase - Prelude and Sonata No 12; Matthew Hindson - Gentle Giants

Sunday 25 December 9.05am - 'Voices of Angels'
Sydney Children's Choir; Gondwana Voices; Chamber Ensemble; Lyn Williams and Daniel Walker, conductors.
Incl. Lyn Williams - The Dominion of Dreams; Sally Whitwell - Hodie Christus Natus Est; Daniel Walker - Nyungar Alleluia; Yezerski/Richard Tognetti/ Michael/Richard/Lynn - The Red Tree: Wonderful Things; plus various Christmas carol arrangements by Daniel Walker

Saturday Session

Saturday 5 December 3.00pm - Mary Carewe, soprano; Philip Mayers, piano
Incl. Philip Mayers - My mother rings up; Carl Vine - Aria (transcr. for voice and piano by Philip Mayers); Barry arr. Philip Mayers - Diamonds are forever

Sunday Live

Sunday 6 December 3.00pm - Karin Schaupp, guitar; Choir of Trinity College Melbourne; director: Michael Leighton Jones.
Incl. Ross Edwards - Guitar Dances.
Direct broadcast from the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne.
Concert-goers in Melbourne are welcome. Entry is free. Please be seated by 2.50pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm.


Wednesday 30 December 1.05pm - Australian Chamber Orchestra; Pekka Kuusisto, violin/director.
Incl. Andrew Ford - Bright Shiners

At home

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

5 December
Tony Gould - The Crossing

19 December
Lyn Williams - Festiva Alleluia; Ross Edwards - White Ghost Dancing; Ross Edwards - Quem Quaeritis: Five Carols; David Pye - Karakamia: After Marais; Andrew Ford - Wassails And Lullabies

26 December - Raffaele Marcellino - L'Arte Di Volare (The Art Of Flying): Lesson 3, Gliding; Benjamin Thorn - Croutons X: I to IV; William Lovelock - Rhapsody Concerto for Harp and Orchestra; Russell Gilmour - The Suite Hereafter: Set 3

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 online projects include the AMU podcast, Orpheus Remix Awards, Lute Project and classic/amp.


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