Canberra International Music Festival

Canberra International Music Festival

The 19th Canberra International Music Festival will present the third year of its triptych celebrating the creation and development of Canberra.

The 2013 Festival examines how the Griffins’ designs facilitated the evolution of a new independent democracy in the heart of a young nation.

The Griffins’ vision for Canberra will be honoured as part of a celebration of America’s cultural contributions to Australia, specifically through composer-in-residence Paul Dresher and  a focus on the works of John Adams and Steve Reich.  The Festival also acknowledges our English heritage, with performances of significant works by composer-in-residence Gavin Bryars.

Featured composers will include JS Bach, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, with a special focus on female composers and creators to honour women with a strong Canberra connection: Rebecca Clarke, Amy Beach and Phyllis Campbell, all contemporaries of Marion Mahony.

The Festival includes a number of premieres: the first performance of Peter Sculthorpe’s dramatic oratorio The Great South Land, two major John Adams premieres, as well as new works about Canberra by Andrew Ford, Stephen Leek and Karl Jenkins.

Festival artists will include: Pieter Wispelwey (cello), composers-in-residence Peter Sculthorpe, Paul Dresher and Gavin Bryars, the New Zealand String Quartet, William Barton (didgeridoo), Roland Peelman and the Song Company, Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Double Duo (US), TaikOz with Riley Lee (shakuhachi), Synergy Percussion, the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo, tenors Glenn Winslade and Andrew Goodwin, soprano Louise Page and counter-tenor Tobias Cole.

The award-winning Amazing Space series will continue the dialogue between architects and musicians as we turn buildings into sounding spaces, and the Festival’s entire program on 12 May will be broadcast live by ABC Classic FM.

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