Music competition to hunt out ‘the kid inside’

William Barton on didjeridoo.

TO the candy, unhappy strains of a brand new composition by younger Canberra cellist, James Munro, Canberra Worldwide Music Pageant, director Roland Peelman final evening (November 17), launched the 2023 program, centred across the theme “The Youngster Inside”.

For, as Peelman instructed the gang on a peripatetic wander by way of the efficiency areas of Verity Lane in Civic, which might characteristic subsequent 12 months, the competition meant to have a good time “the enchanted forest of our kids’s creativeness” by way of the magic of music in a program of 28 live shows, that includes round 150, worldwide and Australian musicians.

It was notable, he mentioned that abroad visitors resembling Britain’s Brodsky Quartet and France’s Quatuor Van Kuijk can be again on the rostrum subsequent 12 months, after a covid-induced break, for it was, in spite of everything a global competition.

However on the similar time, aware of the truth that Australia is house to the oldest, steady tradition on earth, First Nations artists had been entrance and centre is in his interpretation of “worldwide”, so on April 30, the Brodsky Quartet would share the stage with didgeridoo artist William Barton in a gala live performance of Barton, Bach and Schubert that may additionally characteristic the world premiere of “Eden Ablaze”, written by Australia’s Andrew Ford through the bushfires in late 2019.

Mixing classical, fashionable and historical traditions, Djilama Yilaga Choir would make its competition debut alongside Barton and “Australia’s reply to Bessie Smith”, Marlene Cummins, whereas the Australian Haydn Ensemble would carry out a symphonic classical program about “households, mates and musical ties that bind”, “The Mozarts, the Haydns & the Bear”.

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Cellist James Monro final evening. Picture: Richard Scherer.

The Fitters’ Workshop in Kingston, Peelman mentioned, would nonetheless be a hub, however different venues resembling Albert Corridor, the ANU, Drill Corridor Gallery and the aforementioned Verity Lane, would enliven the capital. The Australian Centre for Christianity and Tradition would host a re-enactment of a live performance given in Hay on April 6, 1941, the just lately re-discovered “Dunera Mass”.

The kids’s theme would proceed with Britten’s “Youngsters’s Campaign”, Britten’s setting of Brecht’s pacifist manifesto to be carried out by Luminescence Youngsters’s Choir.

A particular concentrate on Ukraine will characteristic the pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk in a solo recital, Andrew Goodwin singing Silvestrov’s “Silent Songs” sung by candlelight and pianist Sonya Lifschitz in a brand new multimedia efficiency on the NGA.

Roland Peelman final evening. Picture: Barbie Robinson.

The competition’s breakfast sequence continues beneath the title “French For Breakfast” and this 12 months’s musical tour “Style of the Nation” will probably be held at Contentious Character winery with Quatuor Van Kuijk and Katie Yap on viola entertaining. That “infamous viola“, performed by Yap and James Wannan would additionally characteristic in the primary program.

Peelman mentioned he was excited to introduced a brand new dance collaboration between Australian Dance Celebration and the competition on the Nationwide Arboretum as a part of Ausdance ACT’s Australian Dance Week that includes a brand new composition by Dan Walker.

2023 Canberra Worldwide Music Pageant, April 28-Might 7.