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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

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31 Jul 2014 2014 Art Music Awards - finalists by Australian Music Centre

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the Australian Music Centre are proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 Art Music Awards. Once again, the hard work by judging panels has produced a strong as well as varied list of finalists, with all the ingredients of an exciting awards night: established names as well as up-and-coming artists, women as well as men, intimate pieces as well as dramatic works requiring big forces and spacious venues, solo works and projects as well as collaborations.

Works commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Colour red... your mouth... heart by Gerard Brophy

Babe by Nigel Westlake

Stars in a dark night by Brenton Broadstock

Tartengk by Michael Whiticker

Icy disintegration by Annie Hsieh

Penumbral Shadow by Lisa Cheney

The Pool and the Star by Lisa Cheney

Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli by Nigel Westlake

Concerto for piccolo flute and orchestra by Paul Stanhope

Between blue rocks by Michael Whiticker

Descent by Carl Vine

Made in Heaven by Brenton Broadstock

Cri de Coeur by Mark Holdsworth

Te Matua Ngahere by James Wade

Machinations by Paul Stanhope

Clarinet concerto by Ross Edwards

Jet-stream by Paul Stanhope

A Hero's Journey by Mark Holdsworth

Still by Charlie Sdraulig

Light without heat by Lorenzo Alvaro

I dance myself to sleep by Joseph Twist

Symphony No. 2 by Stuart Greenbaum

De caelo sonus by Richard Mills

the air a bright shatter of wings by Luke Paulding

The last days of Socrates by Brett Dean and Graeme Ellis

Afterglow by Lachlan Skipworth

Replica by Natalie Williams

Introduced species : Symphony no. 2 by Katy Abbott

Dances with devils by Iain Grandage

Babe concert suite by Nigel Westlake

Undertow by Alice Humphries

Worlds within worlds by Sally Greenaway

Big Rhap by Elena Kats-Chernin

Glass Canvas by Tristan Coelho

Rituals of Heartland by Catherine Likhuta

Ignition by May Lyon

Hood Yourself in Stars by Ade Vincent

The Enchanted Loom : Symphony No. 8 by Carl Vine

Moondani Music by Taran Carter

L'appel du Vide by Mark Holdsworth

City of Ghosts by Alex Turley

Phosphorus by May Lyon

How to Grow Your Own Glacier by Melody Eötvös

Above Knowing by Deborah Cheetham

If they knew by Matthew Laing

Forever Singing Winter into Spring by Ade Vincent and Lior

Capital Hill by Alexander Voltz

What Was Just a World is a Star by Ade Vincent

Opal by May Lyon

Hellbent by Holly Harrison

Of Paradise Lost by Matthew Laing

The Rest Is Silence by Anne Cawrse

Lungs by Alex Turley

World premieres given by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Between blue rocks : chamber orchestra by Michael Whiticker

Nextwave fanfare : per orchestra by Mary Finsterer

Baparripna : orchestra by Deborah Cheetham— 25 Feb 22 (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC)

Of Paradise Lost (bassoon with orchestra) by Matthew Laing— 14 Jul 21 (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne)

The Rest Is Silence : Concerto for Cor anglais and Orchestra by Anne Cawrse— 24 Jun 21 (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC)

Hellbent (trumpet with orchestra) by Holly Harrison— 22 Apr 21 (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC)

Opal : Double Concerto for Horns and Orchestra by May Lyon— 25 Mar 21 (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC)

Nanyubak (viola with orchestra) by Deborah Cheetham— 26 Feb 21 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

Wata (full orchestra with multiple soloists) by Paul Grabowsky, David Yipininy Wilfred and Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred— 20 Feb 21 (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC)

Capital Hill : for chamber orchestra by Alexander Voltz— 22 Jan 21 (Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne, VIC)

Far south : orchestra by Gordon Hamilton— 5 Mar 20 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

Island Signal Island Song by Richard Mills— 14 Feb 20 (Sidney Myer Music Bowl, VIC)

If they knew : orchestra by Matthew Laing— 25 Jan 20 (Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Southbank VIC)

How to Grow Your Own Glacier : for chamber orchestra by Melody Eötvös— 25 Jan 20 (Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne)

Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace (multiple choirs with full orchestra) by Deborah Cheetham— 15 Jun 19 (Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne VIC)

Cri de Coeur : orchestra by Mark Holdsworth— 4 May 19 (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, VIC)

Forever Singing Winter into Spring (tenor with orchestra) by Lior and Ade Vincent— 4 May 19 (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, VIC)

One small step by Barry Conyngham— 2 May 19 (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, VIC)

Clarinet Concerto (clarinet with orchestra) by Paul Dean— 4 Apr 19 (Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC)

A Hero's Journey : full orchestra by Mark Holdsworth— 20 Feb 19 (Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne)

Penumbral Shadow : for chamber orchestra by Lisa Cheney— 5 Feb 19 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

All the World’s a Stage : orchestra by Iain Grandage— 11 Oct 18 (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, VIC)

The Enchanted Loom : Symphony No. 8 : full orchestra by Carl Vine— 30 Aug 18 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

What Was Just a World is a Star : for orchestra by Ade Vincent— 2 Jun 18 (Hamer Hall, Southbank, VIC)

Hood Yourself in Stars : for orchestra by Ade Vincent— 19 Apr 18 (Robert Blackwood Concert Hall, VIC)

The Lost : Missed Tales No. 3 : concerto for viola and cello with orchestra & electro-acoustics by Mary Finsterer— 5 Apr 18 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

Drum kit concerto (drum kit with full orchestra) by Joe Chindamo— 25 Mar 18 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

Rituals of Heartland : orchestra by Catherine Likhuta— 21 Feb 18 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

Ignition : For Chamber Orchestra by May Lyon— 21 Feb 18 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

L'appel du Vide : orchestra by Mark Holdsworth— 21 Feb 18 (Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre, Southbank, Melbourne)

Big Rhap : full orchestra by Elena Kats-Chernin— 25 May 17 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

Orpheus: Prolog & Toccata : for tenor and orchestra by Elena Kats-Chernin— 4 May 17 (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, VIC)

Ancient Letters : Concerto for amplified harpsichord and orchestra by Elena Kats-Chernin— 5 Apr 17 (Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC)

Flute concerto : flute with orchestra by Ian Munro— 17 Nov 16 (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, VIC)

Hollow Kings : Four pieces after William Shakespeare for optional narrator, electric guitar and orchestra by James Ledger— 24 Jun 16 (Costa Hall, VIC)

Flying dream : Suite for orchestra from the movie Paper Planes by Nigel Westlake— 13 Apr 16 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

City of Ghosts : for orchestra by Alex Turley— 10 Feb 16 (Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne)

Worlds within worlds : chamber orchestra by Sally Greenaway— 10 Feb 16 (Iwaki Auditorium, Victoria)

Dances with devils : Concerto for percussion and orchestra by Iain Grandage— 17 Jul 15 (Costa Hall, VIC)

Replica : overture for orchestra by Natalie Williams— 19 Nov 13 (Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, VIC)

Concerto for piccolo flute and orchestra (piccolo with full orchestra) by Paul Stanhope— 6 Jun 13 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

The Happiness box (full orchestra with narrator) by Bryony Marks— 8 May 13 (Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne)

Frumious : orchestra by Holly Harrison— 5 Feb 13 (Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, MElbourne)

Finding Kensho : chamber orchestra by Daniel Portelli— 28 Jan 12 (Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne)

Gardener of Time : for symphony orchestra by Barry Conyngham— 18 Nov 11 (Melbourne Town Hall, VIC)

Ancestors : 2. Night Dances : for orchestra by Tom Henry— 11 Oct 11 (Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne as part of a Young Composers’ Workshop, with the support of the University of Melbourne)

Sinfonia chaconnissima by Julian Yu— 29 Sep 11 (Melbourne Town Hall, VIC)

Organ concerto de caelo sonus (organ with full orchestra) by Richard Mills— 26 Aug 11 (Melbourne Town Hall, VIC)

the air a bright shatter of wings : for small orchestra by Luke Paulding— 4 May 11 (CUB Malthouse, MSO Metropolis Series)

Symphony No. 2 : double planet by Stuart Greenbaum— 29 Mar 11 (Loreto Mandeville Hall, VIC)

Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli : for symphony orchestra, SATB chorus & male treble solo by Nigel Westlake— 19 Feb 11 (Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne)

I dance myself to sleep : full orchestra by Joseph Twist— 29 Jan 11 (Iwaki Auditorium ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne)

Icy disintegration : for orchestra by Annie Hsieh— 5 May 10 (CUB Malthouse, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Metropolis Series (Blood on the Floor))

Still : chamber orchestra by Charlie Sdraulig— 2 Feb 10 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

Particle Transform by Alex Pozniak— 2 Feb 10 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

Lunatic Fringe by Amy Jørgensen— 2 Feb 10 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

Tyranny of distance (full orchestra with choir) by Brenton Broadstock— 17 Oct 09 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

Re-collecting ASTORoids : full orchestra by Elena Kats-Chernin— 1 Oct 09 (Hamer Hall, VIC)

Made in Heaven (trumpet with full orchestra) by Brenton Broadstock— 4 Sep 09 (Costa Hall, VIC)

Moda by Elias Constantopedos— 2 May 09 (The CUB Malthouse, VIC)

Dulce et Decorum Est : an impression after Wilfred Owen by David Keeffe— 21 Apr 09 (Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne)

Moda by Elias Constantopedos— 4 Feb 09 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

A succession of madness : orchestra by Mark Wolf— 4 Feb 09 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

Light without heat : for chamber orchestra by Lorenzo Alvaro— 4 Feb 09 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

Curse of Greyface by Benjamin McDonald— 4 Feb 09 (Iwaki Auditorium, VIC)

Clarinet concerto (clarinet with full orchestra) by Ross Edwards— 30 Nov 07 (Melbourne Town Hall)

The surge, the sounds, the pull : for orchestra by Anthony Lyons— 11 Sep 07 (Iwaki Auditorium ABC Centre, Southbank, Melbourne)

Musaic : large chamber ensemble by Anne Cawrse— 5 May 07 (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 2007 Metropolis Series. CUB Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne.)

Metric Leisure for Orchestra : orchestra by Christian O'Brien— 20 Apr 07 (Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne)

Clouds and trumpets : for orchestra by Gordon Kerry— 11 Dec 06 (Hamer Hall, Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne)

Machinations : for orchestra by Paul Stanhope— 24 Nov 06 (Melbourne Town Hall)

Te Matua Ngahere : for chamber orchestra by James Wade— 15 May 06 (Malthouse, Melbourne)

The little mermaid (sa choir with full orchestra) by Richard Mills— 26 Aug 05 (Melbourne Town Hall)

Three portraits of Scheherazade : reflections on texts by Kate Middleton by Natalie Williams— 23 May 05 (CUB Malthouse, Melbourne)

Glass Canvas : for orchestra by Tristan Coelho— 21 May 05 (Part of the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program, CUB Malthouse, Melbourne)

Tableaux : for orchestra by Cyrus Meurant— May 05 (The Malthouse, Melbourne)

The heart of night : for shakuhachi and orchestra by Ross Edwards— 7 Apr 05 (Hamer Hall, Melbourne)

Jet-stream : fanfare for orchestra by Paul Stanhope— 5 Feb 05 (Myer Bowl, Melbourne)

Moments of bliss : for large orchestra by Brett Dean— 2 Dec 04 (Hamer Hall, Melbourne)

Moondani Music : chamber orchestra by Taran Carter— 27 Mar 04 (Malthouse Theatre, Southbank, Melbourne)

Canticle : for trumpet and orchestra by Mark Isaacs— 22 Aug 03

The end of all journeys : full orchestra by Andrew Batterham— 22 Jun 02

Willow and wattle : full orchestra by Julian Yu— 15 Jun 02 (CUB Malthouse, Melbourne)

Shadow music : for small orchestra by Brett Dean— 13 Jun 02 (Metropolis Festival, Melbourne (CUB Malthouse))

Symphony no. 3 : Mater magna by Ross Edwards— 25 May 01 (Melbourne Town Hall)

Advance Australia fair : for orchestra with or without unison voices by Peter Dodds McCormick and Peter Sculthorpe— 9 May 01 (Commemorative Meeting of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, where, on 9 May, 1901, the first Parliament was opened.)

Between silence and moonlight : for symphony orchestra by Nigel Westlake— 25 Mar 00 (CUB Malthouse, Melbourne)

Beggars and angels : music for orchestra by Brett Dean— 4 Nov 99 (Melbourne, Australia.)

In tempore stellae : for solo voices, choir and orchestra by Andrew Schultz— 6 Dec 98 (Hamer Hall, Melbourne Concert Hall)

Moments of falling : for string orchestra by Stuart Greenbaum— 20 Feb 97 (Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne)

'A' day : full orchestra by Edward Primrose— 1 Dec 96

Descent : Metropolis, the workers' view, for film projection and orchestra by Carl Vine— 28 Nov 96 (Melbourne Town hall)

Close to the edge : 8 pieces for orchestra by Roger Smalley— 24 Aug 95

Aaron Copland 'In memoriam' : for orchestral brass and percussion by Stuart Greenbaum— 20 Mar 93 (Melbourne Concert Hall)

Tartengk : full orchestra by Michael Whiticker— 1993 (Melbourne Concert Hall)

Wild is the wind : bass clarinet concerto by Michael Whiticker— 1993 (CUB Malthouse)

Stars in a dark night : Symphony no. 2 by Brenton Broadstock— 11 Nov 89 (Melbourne Concert Hall)

Essay II : for orchestra by Robert Hughes— (ABC 50th anniversary concert, Melbourne Concert Hall, Victorian Arts Centre)

Cinema music : full orchestra by Edward Primrose— 1982 (ABC Meet the Composer series)

Winter steps : for large orchestra by Douglas Knehans— 1981 (Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne)

Violin Concerto : violin with orchestra by Barry McKimm— 1980 (ABC studios, Glen Waverley, Melbourne)

Concerto for violin and orchestra (violin with full orchestra) by Richard Mills— 14 Aug 78 (Melbourne)

Imperium : full orchestra by Helen Gifford— 7 Nov 70 (ABC Waverley Orchestral Studio, Melbourne)

Three temperaments : full orchestra by Margaret Sutherland— May 64

The fifth continent : for speaker and orchestra by Peter Sculthorpe— 10 Nov 63 (Melbourne studios of the ABC.)

Symphonic overture : full orchestra by Miriam Hyde— 20 Nov 42 (Australian Composers' Concert, Melbourne Town Hall)

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