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Australian National Academy of Music

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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ANAM Presents: Beethoven and Bruckner

24 May @ 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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One of the finest Australian conductors of his generation returns to ANAM to direct two symphonic masterpieces. It is hard not to listen in awe at the vast emotional range of Beethoven’s music, as he takes us from sorrow to joy, all the while overcoming phenomenal personal odds. The Fourth is a symphony of breathtaking lyricism, greatly admired by Berlioz and Schumann, and a perfect companion to Bruckner’s sublime song of spiritual ecstasy, his own Symphony no. 4. This is…

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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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Bach B Minor Mass – ANAM

21 June @ 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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A comment under a YouTube video can speak more directly than an elegantly written program note. About Bach’s B minor Mass, one user has written: “Probably the best piece of music EVER written, and I’m not even exaggerating, I’m being serious.” Completed the year before Bach’s death, the Mass is one of the most inspiring pieces of music ever composed. As musicologist Alberto Basso has put it: “The Mass in B minor is the consecration of a whole life.” The…

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August 2019

A Gateway to the Sublime – ANAM

2 August @ 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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In the history of music there can be few examples of a composer ‘exceeding the brief’ with results as astounding as Schubert in his Octet. It was commissioned by one of the composer’s patrons, Count Ferdinand von Troyer, a talented amateur clarinettist who had played in the premiere of Beethoven’s celebrated Septet some 20 years earlier. He suggested Schubert compose a companion piece for Beethoven’s work, which he did faithfully – while also creating one of the richest works in…

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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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Song Cycles with Sara Macliver – ANAM

14 August @ 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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Here is a sublime collaboration between one of Australia’s finest sopranos and the pianists of ANAM, in a program which includes two glorious 19th century song cycles. If you love Grieg’s music for Peer Gynt or his piano concerto, you will be entranced by the songs he created about a young woman who is rejected by her lover and finds solace in nature and the powers of the underworld. When Grieg first read the poems which inspired these songs, he…

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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: Clara

11 September @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm AEST
South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM, South Melbourne, 210 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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Clara Schumann was one of the great musicians of the 19th century. Acclaimed for her pianism by the crowned heads of Europe in her 20s, she went on to become one of the most respected performers and teachers of her age, in a life in which she was also a composer, wife and muse to Robert Schumann, mother to their eight children and, after Schumann’s death, mentor and muse to Brahms. Her few compositions have a unique, poetic beauty, which…

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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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November 2019

ANAM Presents: Beethoven, Haydn & Schubert

15 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Gábor Takács-Nagy is the complete musician; a founding member of the Takács Quartet, he has gone on to become an inspirational conductor and teacher of chamber music performance. In this sumptuous concert, he directs ANAM musicians in a banquet of music from one of the golden ages of music in Vienna. Mozart composed his miraculous Symphony no. 25 when he was just 17; Haydn’s jubilant Symphony no. 90 on the other hand, is a product of the composer’s rich maturity,…

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