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27 February 2012

Australian Music on ABC Classic FM in March 2012

Australian Music on ABC Classic FM in March 2012

March is the month for festivals and season openers on ABC Classic FM. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra starts their 2012 season with Peter Sculthorpe's Kakadu, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's opening concert features the beautiful and solemn Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli by Nigel Westlake. Festival fare includes two weeks of broadcasts from the Adelaide Festival featuring new works by Mark Isaacs, Elena Kats-Chernin, Robert Davidson and Charles Bodman Rae. And later in the month there are three concerts from last year's Huntington Estate Music Festival including works by Rosalind Page (also a world premiere), Elena Kats-Chernin, Carl Vine and Graeme Koehne.

New Music Up Late features a different kind of debut with two new contemporary music ensembles appearing on the airwaves for the first time - the Soundstream Collective from Adelaide, with new commissions from John Polglase and Erik Griswold, and Brisbane's Ensemble Fabrique featuring premieres by emerging composers Timothy Tate, Lisa Cheney, Samantha Wolf and Chris Healey. And you'll hear international releases of new works by Netherlands-based Aussie Kate Moore.

Online we're delving into the story of the Splinter Orchestra with podcasts of ABC Classic FM recordings from several phases of the orchestra's first 10 years. And classic/amp is growing again: the latest addition is an ABC recording of Felix Werder's Requiem (1980) for soprano and chamber ensemble, performed in studio in 1981 by Merlyn Quaife and the composer's own Australia Felix ensemble


Thursday 1 March 1.00pm: Musica Viva: Brentano String Quartet
Includes: Ian Munro - String Quartet no. 1 (From an exhibition of Australian woodcuts)

Friday 2 March 7.30pm: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Nigel Westlake; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Simon Casey, treble
Incl. Nigel Westlake - Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli

Saturday 3 March 1.00pm: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Mark Wigglesworth
Incl. Percy Grainger - Mock Morris

Saturday 3 March 7.30pm: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Marko Letonja
Incl. Peter Sculthorpe - Kakadu

Tuesday 6 March 1.30pm: Adelaide 'Festival @Lunch' series (LIVE) - Sophie Rowell, violin. |
Incl. Julian Yu - Passacaglia after Biber for solo violin

Tuesday 6 March 8.00pm: Adelaide 'Festival @Lunch' series - Mark Isaacs, piano
Mark Isaacs - Children's Songs (world premiere of concert-length work)

Thursday 8 March 1.30pm: Adelaide 'Festival @Lunch' series (LIVE) - Nicholas Bochner, cello.
Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin - Wisdom Circles (world premiere); Robert Davidson - Spiral V (world premiere)

Friday 9 March 8.00pm: Seraphim Trio; Paul Dean, clarinet
Incl. Paul Dean - Converging Spheres (world premiere)

Tuesday 13 March 8.00pm: Adelaide 'Festival @Lunch' series - Benaud Trio.
Incl. Nicholas Buc - Trailer Music; Ross Edwards - Piano Trio; Matthew Hindson - Piano Trio

Wednesday 14 March 8.00pm: Adelaide 'Festival @Lunch' series - Peter Handsworth, clarinet; Stefan Ammer, piano; Elizabeth Layton, violin.
Incl. Charles Bodman Rae - Ghosts of Galicia (world premiere)

Friday 16 March 1.30pm: Adelaide 'Festival @Lunch' series (LIVE) - Konstantin Shamray, piano.
Incl. Charles Bodman Rae - Golden Ring (world premiere)

Tuesday 20 March 1.00pm: Huntington Music Festival - Australian String Quartet
Incl. Rosalind Page - String Quartet (world premiere)

Saturday 24 March 1.00pm: Huntington Music Festival - Rachel Johnston, cello; Kristian Chong, piano; Sophie Rowell, violin.
Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin - Intermezzo Days

Saturday 24 March 8.00pm: Huntington Music Festival - Bernadette Harvey, piano; Adelaide Chamber Singers/Carl Crossin.
Incl. Carl Vine - The Anne Landa Preludes; Graeme Koehne - Mass for the Middle-Aged

New Music Up Late

With Julian Day

Saturday 3 March 10.30pm: Soundstream Collective Debut
A concert from Adelaide's newest contemporary music ensemble, led by pianist Gabriella Smart, featuring Erik Griswold's a leaf falls (world premiere) and John Polglase's Shining unbreakable (world premiere). Plus a look at what's on the menu for new music at this year's Adelaide Festival.

Saturday 17 March 10.30pm: Ribbons Of Rust
Brisbane's Ensemble Fabrique come in studio to present new works for chamber ensemble and reel-to-reel tape machines by Timothy Tate, Lisa Cheney, Samantha Wolf and Chris Healey. And we hear the latest from ex-pat composer Kate Moore with new releases of her work by New York's Bang on a Can Allstars, and Ensemble Klang from the Netherlands.

Sunday Live

Sunday 4 March 3.00pm: ARCO
Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin - For Richard

Sunday 11 March 3.00pm: Tahu Matheson, piano; Maria Okunev, soprano
Incl. Maria Okunev - Moon Visions

At Home

Saturdays at 7.00pm with Julian Day

Showcasing Australia's finest composers and performers - an hour of all-Australian music for you on Saturday evenings.


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