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20 December 2012

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in January 2013

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in January 2013

Plenty of Australian music, new and old, in January on ABC Classic FM, courtesy of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, our Best of Sunday Live series, the ANAM Australian Voices concert series, MONA FOMA, and some recent composer development programs by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian String Quartet. Philip Houghton's work is particularly prominent in the guitar festival, reflecting his huge contribution to that musical world. And the Sydney Symphony gives the world premiere of Barry Conyngham's (first) Symphony.

In New Music Up Late in particular we are introduced to music of an emerging generation of composers: Lochlain Brown, Stefan Pugliese, Henry Andersen, Daniel Masmanian, Michael Sollis, Benjamin Betelli, and some names becoming a little more familiar already such as Melody Eötvös, Amy Bastow and James Wade.

The big news online is the approaching launch of classic/amp mark II, a much improved version of the existing website of Australian music from the ABC's archives that will lead to renewed growth in the collection and the introduction of thematic articles presenting. The planned launch date is 26 January!

Meanwhile our podcasts continue. December featured a great series celebrating the 25th birthday of west Australia's Tura New Music, including music by Mace Francis, Chris Cobilis, Erik Griswold and Ross Bolleter. We'll be returning early in January with a series focusing on noise in contemporary music, including tracks from New Music Up Late's recent live broadcast of new works by Cat Hope and Austin Buckett, and part of a huge double concert by improvising artists Sonic Systems Laboratory: Robbie Avenaim, Dale Gorfinkel, and guest artists Chris Abrahams and Cor Fuhler - you'll find all these podcasts at http://www.abc.net.au/classic/program/australian-music/podcast.htm.

Broadcast highlights schedule

Wednesday 2 January
9.15pm EVENING CONCERT: Adelaide International Guitar Festival: Guitar Trek
Graeme Koehne - To His Servant Bach God grants a Final Glimpse - the Morning Star; Phillip Houghton - News from Nowhere; Nigel Westlake - Six Fish

Saturday 5 January
1.00pm SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT: ACO2/Lara St John, violin/director.
Includes Matthew Hindson - Maralinga

8:00pm SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT: Sydney Symphony/Richard Gill, conductor; David Thomas, clarinet.
Includes Brett Dean - Ariel's Music for clarinet and orchestra; Barry Conyngham - Symphony (world premiere)

Sunday 6 January
3.00pm Best of SUNDAY LIVE: Hobart City Wind Symphony/Simon Reade
Includes Percy Grainger - Irish Tune from County Derry; Don Kay arr. Barber/Reade - Symphony No. 3 Affirmation; Percy Grainger - Shepherd's Hey

Monday 7 January
8.00pm EVENING CONCERT: ANAM Australian Voices: Richard Mills
Musicians of the National Academy (ANAM); William Hennessy, violin; Timothy Young, piano.
Richard Mills - Six Preludes for solo oboe; Four Miniatures; Here Where Life and Death are Met; String Quartet No. 3

Wednesday 9 January
8.00pm EVENING CONCERT: 2012 Adelaide International Guitar Festival: Leonard Grigoryan and Slava Grigoryan, guitars. Tchaikovsky arr Edward Grigoryan The Seasons, Op 37b

Friday 11 January
10.30pm NEW MUSIC UP LATE: Young New Music Artist focus.
Includes tracks from saxophonist Peter Farrar, and by recorder player Alana Blackburn (working with electronic musician Ben Carey), recorded live at the Red Rattler in Sydney.

Saturday 12 January
1.00pm SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT: 2012 National Youth Concerto Competition: Queensland Youth Symphony; Grace Clifford, violin; Harry Ward, violin; Emma Zhuang, violin; John Curro, conductor; Samuel Dickenson, conductor.
Includes Samuel Dickenson - A New Beginning

10.30pm NEW MUSIC UP LATE: MONA FOMA: Liminal by Nick Tsiavos performed live at the 2012 festival by Deborah Kayser, soprano; Peter Neville, percussion; Adam Simmons, winds; Nick Tsiavos, double bass/director; Eugene Ughetti, percussion

Tuesday 15 January
1.00pm AFTERNOONS: ANAM Australian Voices: Miriam Hyde
ANAM Musicians; William Hennessy, violin/director.
Miriam Hyde - Toccata for two; Fantasy Trio in B minor; String Quartet in E minor; Trio for flute, oboe and piano

Wednesday 16 January
8.00pm EVENING CONCERT: 2012 Adelaide International Guitar Festival
Australian Guitar Quartet: Slava Grigoryan, Edin Karamazov, Simon Powis and Ana Vidovic, guitars.
Includes Phillip Houghton - In Amber for guitar and string quartet

Friday 11 January
10.30pm NEW MUSIC UP LATE: Young Composer focus. Recordings from the 2012 WASO Composition Project - Lochlain Brown - Torn Off Askew; Stefan Pugliese - Twin Paradox; Henry Andersen - Hatchings, Cross Hatchings; Daniel Masmanian - Unusual Weeds; Lachlan Skipworth - Intervolver; and the 2011 ASQ National Composers Forum - James Ledger - Processions; Daniel Masmanian - Bad Angel Fire; Michael Sollis - So She Moaned, And As She Uttered Her Moans...; Melody Eötvös - How Dragonflies Cross The Ocean; Amy Bastow - Breathing Through A Hole; James Wade - Event Horizon; Benjamin Betelli - Quartet No.2 In C Major (1st movement).

Saturday 19 January
10.30pm NEW MUSIC UP LATE: MONA FOMA: recordings from the 2013 festival (details tbc.)

Sunday 20 January
3.00pm Best of SUNDAY LIVE: Tamara Anna Cislowska, piano, solo, and with Veronique Serret, violin; James Wannan, viola; Thomas Rann, cello.
Elena Kats-Chernin - Vocalise; Waltz of Things Past; Butterflying; Eliza Aria (piano solo, world premiere); Ivory and Rose Leaves (world premiere); Interlude No 4 (piano solo, world premiere); Fast Blue Village (piano solo); Winter for piano quartet (world premiere)

Monday 21 January
8.00pm EVENING CONCERT: Musica Viva Australia: Aleksandar Madžar, piano
Anthony Marwood, violin.
Includes Gordon Kerry - Martian Snow

Saturday 26 January
8.00pm SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT: Musica Viva Australia: Takács Quartet
Includes Gordon Kerry - Variations for String Quartet

Monday 28 January
8.00pm SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT: Australia Ensemble with Paul McMahon, tenor.
Includes Peggy Glanville-Hicks - Profiles from China

Tuesday 29 January
1.00pm AFTERNOONS: Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp 2013
Martin Chamber Orchestra/Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin/director; Alexander Orchestra/Bruno Weil; Bishop Orchestra/Fabian Russell.
Includes James Ledger - Arcs and Planes

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