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April 2019

Surround Sound

13 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia

TICKETS: Full $62 / Senior $48 / Concession* $35 / Under 30s* $25 This sonic spectacular for percussion and plural pianos includes four 20th century classics – works so dynamic they could have been written yesterday. Bartók’s fascination for the combination of keyboards and percussion reached its climax in this Sonata. The Rite of Spring, too, has lost none of its power since its riotous premiere in 1913, and this fascinating arrangement throws new light on the score’s visceral rhythmic…

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May 2019

Piano Pictures

9 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia

TICKETS: Full $62 / Senior $48 / Concession* $35 / Under 30s* $25 Two modern American classics to open: John Adams’ jubilant Hallelujah Junction, inspired by the name of a truck stop near the California-Nevada border, and a seminal work of minimalism, Steve Reich’s Six Pianos. On the other hand, the epic riff on Chopin’s Prelude by young, New Mexico-born composer Ben Wallace might be called ‘So Chopin walked into a bar, ordered a whiskey and headed straight for the pinball machine.’…

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June 2019

Ten Thousand Birds – ANAM

4 June @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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“The birds were my teachers,” says composer John Luther Adams, whose music is a natural extension of his long-time environmental activism. Birds have inspired composers from Mozart to Messiaen; in Adams’ case, it was hearing the song of a wood thrush for the first time that set him on his path as a composer inspired by the beauty and majesty of the natural world. In Adams’ words, Ten Thousand Birds is not a fixed composition, but “an atlas of musical possibilities for…

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Homage to Gideon Klein – ANAM

15 June @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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In 2019 the world of music celebrates the centenary of one of the most gifted composers to emerge from Czechoslovakia, Gideon Klein, whose career was tragically cut short by the Nazis. The music he produced in Theresienstadt concentration camp – under unimaginable circumstances – is powerful, original and captivating, and shows how greatly he was influenced by Czech master Janáček, whose suite Mládí is a gem of the wind ensemble repertoire. Dvořák’s influence on Janáček’s music was profound: how fitting then to…

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August 2019

Joy & Heartbreak – ANAM Orchestra

10 August @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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Like many wealthy young Europeans of his day, Mendelssohn travelled widely and found musical inspiration on many of his journeys (think of that expressive musical picture, The Hebrides). One country brought him particular pleasure: “This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought... to be the supreme joy in life.” Inspired by his sojourn there, the Italian Symphony is sunshine and Chianti in music. Mendelssohn is one of the most frequently performed classical composers of them all, whereas Gideon…

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September 2019

ANAM Presents: Petrushka

7 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes changed the history of ballet and the history of music too. Stravinsky composed all of his early landmark ballet scores for Diaghilev’s company, including Petrushka. It’s all energy, lyricism, playfulness and pathos, wrapped up in kaleidoscopic orchestral colours; it doesn’t take much imagination to see Petrushka and the Ballerina in their fairground tale of love and jealousy. Romantic pursuit lies at the heart of de Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos also: the miller’s attractive young wife is being…

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ANAM Presents: LA Philharmonic Wind Quintet

21 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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This exploration of classics for wind ensemble sees us in the company of a starry ensemble indeed: leading the ANAM musicians for this program is a group in which every member is a first among equals – a quintet comprising principal players from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, including ANAM Horn Faculty Andrew Bain. With these musicians, we’ll be taken on a journey from late 19th-century France –and Gounod’s delicious evocation of the spirit of Mozart – to the United…

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October 2019

ANAM Presents: The Italian Sound

4 October @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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Umberto Clerici, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cello, has created this fascinating program, which asks, in his words: “What can be considered an ‘Italian Sound’? Does it come from the precious old Italian string instruments or from the long tradition of opera and bel canto that made Italian music famous around the world?” In exploring this question, Clerici will look at three centuries of music, taking in a jewel of the Italian baroque by Vivaldi, the string quartet Verdi composed…

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ANAM Presents: Hardenberger’s Brass Explorations

5 October @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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One of the greatest instrumentalists of our time, Håkan Hardenberger is renowned for his performance of the classics of the trumpet repertoire, and as a pioneer of significant new music. In this compelling exploration of showpieces for brass, Hardenberger will both perform alongside and direct ANAM musicians in a program which will encompass a landmark work for brass and percussion, the Symphony by American composer and conductor Gunther Schuller and a work Hardenberger himself premiered, Confrontation by Swedish composer Benjamin Staern. Program…

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