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27 February 2015

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in March 2015

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in March 2015

ABC Classic FM marks the International Women's Day on Sunday 8 March with a special live broadcast. An all-Elena Kats-Chernin program of piano music for four hands will be broadcast from the Sydney Opera House in the new Sunday Recital program at 5pm. Kats-Chernin's pianist-collaborator Tamara-Anna Cislowska is the focus of Music Makers the day before at noon. And the world premiere of Kats-Chernin's Prelude and Cube for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra goes to air the night before that, with Kat McGuffie's 2nd String Quartet getting a re-hearing earlier the same evening.

The New Waves podcast presents a series of recordings of new works by Australian women from the 'After Julia' project which premiered on ABC Classic FM as part of Australian Music Month last November. The podcasts also include interviews with Julia Gillard herself and with composer and Decibel director Cat Hope about the challenges still facing women in music and beyond. The final two podcasts in the series will be released either side of International Women's Day.

A rare pleasure this month is the main-stage premiere by Sydney Symphony of Nigel Butterley's orchestral work Never This Sun, This Watcher, composed for the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra under Wilfred Lehmann in 2004. This is its first performance by a capital city orchestra. Nigel Butterley turns 80 this year on 13 May so stay tuned for more major Butterley works on air later in the year.

Elsewhere in the month there's an all-Australian program from rising Melbourne chamber music stars Plexus featuring all new works by Nat Bartsch, Lisa Cheney, Sally Greenaway, Maria Grenfell and Sally Whitwell. You'll also hear the broadcast premiere of Paul Stanhope's new String Quartet No. 3 and a re-broadcast of his Piccolo Concerto, plus new performances and broadcasts of Andrew Ford's epic Last Words and his String Quartet No. 5, James Ledger The madness and death of King Ludwig with the TSO, and several pieces for harp ensemble by Andrew Schultz, Martin Wesley-Smith and Larry Sitsky. And some new cross-cultural investigations from multi-instrumentalist-composer Adam Simmons (on shakuhachi, clarinets, saxophones, etc) and his Chinese collaborator Wang Zheng-Ting on traditional Chinese mouth-organ the sheng.

Online the New Waves podcast shifts focus later in the month to MESMERISM - a mini-festival of trance-oriented compositions curated by 'sonic artist' Luke Jaaniste at Brisbane's Judith Wright Centre last month. And there'll be more new music in the Rewind collection coming shortly.

Australian music broadcast schedule

Sunday 1 March
5.00pm SUNDAY RECITAL: Huntington Festival - Goldner String Quartet; ANAM Chamber Orchestra; Ray Chen, violin; Joyce Yang, piano; Timothy Young, piano
Includes Paul Stanhope - String Quartet No 3 (world premiere, recorded 28 November 2014)

Monday 2 March
8.00pm EVENINGS: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Marko Letonja; Sue-Ellen Paulsen, cello.
Includes Don Kay - Moonlight Ridge

Friday 6 March
8.00pm EVENINGS: Musica Viva - Goldner String Quartet
Includes Kat McGuffie - String Quartet No 2
9.30pm EVENINGS: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir; Paul Dyer, continuo/director.
Includes Elena Kats-Chernin - Prelude and Cube (world premiere, recorded 1 March 2014)

Saturday 7 March
12 noon MUSIC MAKERS: Tamara-Anna Cislowska
8.00pm EVENINGS: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Marko Letonja
Includes James Ledger - The madness and death of King Ludwig

Sunday 8 March
5.00pm SUNDAY RECITAL: International Women's Day Concert 2015 - live broadcast from the Sydney Opera House
Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-Chernin, piano (four hands), presented by Julian Day (part of the 2015 All About Women festival).
Program: Elena Kats-Chernin: Scherzino; Lullaby for Nick; Dance of the Paper Umbrellas; For Richard; Waltz of Things Past; Marcato; Slicked Back Tango; Eliza Aria; Russian Rag; Russian Toccata

Friday 13 March
9.30pm EVENINGS: Australian String Quartet; Jane Sheldon, soprano; Seraphim Trio
Program: Andrew Ford - String Quartet No. 5; Last Words

Monday 16 March
9.30pm EVENINGS: Musica Viva Coffee Concert - SHE - Seven Harp Ensemble
Includes Andrew Schultz - The Meaning of Water; Martin Wesley-Smith - Alice in the Garden of Live Flowers; Larry Sitsky - Fantasia No 13: Perpetuum Mobile

Tuesday 17 March
9.30pm EVENINGS: MRC Local Heroes - Plexus
Program: all new works by Nat Bartsch, Lisa Cheney, Sally Greenaway, Maria Grenfell and Sally Whitwell, recorded on 16 March 2015.

Friday 20 March
8.00pm EVENINGS: Live - Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Blendulf; Janine Jansen, violin.
Includes Nigel Butterley - Never This Sun, This Watcher. Broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House.

Friday 27 March
8.00pm EVENINGS: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Rory Macdonald; Julia Grenfell, piccolo
Includes Paul Stanhope - Piccolo Concerto

Monday 30 March
9.30pm EVENINGS: Musica Viva - Kelemen Quartet
Includes Ross Edwards - Ecstatic Dance

Tuesday 31 March
9.30pm EVENINGS: Adam Simmons, wind instruments; Wang Zheng-Ting, sheng
Adams Simmons - The other cake; Alak-Ala; Tribal Night; Faith; Theme for an opera, plus traditional music


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