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Celebrating Brett Dean


Celebrating Brett Dean

  • Date: Friday, 9 November 2018, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $50 | Concession: $40 (booking fees may apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9645 7911

Event Details

Join Brett Dean and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) for an evocative evening of Australian orchestral music!

Rarely has an operatic event taken the musical world by storm such as Brett Dean’s Hamlet did on its premiere in the UK in June 2017.

In the wake of that international acclaim, Brett Dean is now established as one of the world’s most revered composers. As former Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Dean returns home to ANAM to direct the ANAM Orchestra in a thoughtfully curated program of Australian orchestral music in what he describes as a "very special program of new music. It’s evocative, imaginative and sensuous, yet also highly dramatic and darkly haunting”.

The program includes From Melodious Lay, a 25-minute suite of music from Dean’s Hamlet opera featuring Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu and Australian soprano Lorina Gore, Richard Meale’s modern Australian classic Clouds Now and Then, Lisa Illean’s beautifully subtle Land’s End and Georges Lentz’s mesmerising Jerusalem (after Blake).

“These four orchestral scores are all particularly dear to me as both performer and composer" says Dean. "The works of Richard Meale, Georges Lentz and Lisa Illean have featured in my programs before, most recently in an all-Australian studio concert I conducted with the BBC Symphony Orchestra... It was on that occasion that I experienced how well these composers’ works spoke or sang to one another, even though they display a great diversity of compositional voices and styles.”

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9645 7911 or by email to info@anam.com.au

Featured Australian Works

Clouds now and then : full orchestra (1969) by Richard Meale
— performed by Brett Dean and ANAM Orchestra of the Academy
From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction) : solo voice(s) with orchestra (2016) by Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn
— performed by Lorina Gore, Brett Dean, ANAM Orchestra of the Academy and Topi Lehtipuu
Jerusalem (after Blake) : orchestra by Georges Lentz
— performed by ANAM Orchestra of the Academy and Brett Dean
Land's End : full orchestra (2015) by Lisa Illean
— performed by Brett Dean and ANAM Orchestra of the Academy

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