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by Jodie Blackshaw
Jodie Blackshaw's latest work Leunig's Prayerbook will be premiered by the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony in a forthcoming concert on 29 March, along with another new Australian work by Catherine Likhuta. This article is an extract of a longer essay about the history of the wind band. See also: 100+ Australian works for wind band (AMC Online).
by Houston Dunleavy
'Why don't you revive a professional orchestra?' they said. 'It'll be fun!' they said. 'It went really well the first few years, you should find it easy getting it going again', they said.
So I was tempted on board, and found out what I suspected was true - that reviving an orchestra is just as difficult as starting one.
The Southern Cross Philharmonia Orchestra was established as a professional orchestra by Gerald Gentry and Bianca Roonan in 2005...
by Peter Knight
Peter Knight writes about the 25-year old Australian Art Orchestra. To celebrate the milestone, the AAO is releasing a series of solo performance videos, with the first one just out, featuring clarinettist Aviva Endean. Aviva the Australian Art Orchestra's inaugural Associate Artist and has curated a series of events 'Art by Twilight' at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen, Melbourne - an event this coming Saturday will see her joined by the AAO's regular collaborator, turntablist Martin Ng.
by Gareth Belling
Collusion's choreographer and co-producer Gareth Belling writes about taking two new Australian chamber ballets to China. Turbine, with Thomas Green's music, can be seen again on home soil on 22 February
by Andrián Pertout
Andrián Pertout writes about his recent travels to Russia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, as an invited guest of three different composer and music societies. Slightly overwhelmed by the attention - including police escorts and welcome ceremonies featuring horns and drums and girls handing out flowers - he attended performances of his music, delivered a paper and, when asked, gave spontatenous speeches in praise of hosts and wrote a letter to a president. He also visited a Tashkent metro station of personal significance, and bumped into Barry Conyngham in a food hall on Nevsky Prospect!
by Andrián Pertout
Andrián Pertout reports from the 2018 Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival and Conference in Taiwan where five of the AMC's artists represented Australia and the Melbourne Composers' League - the Australian member organisation of the ACL.