Thursday 10 October. An excellent opportunity for enthusiasts, performers and composers alike. The Australia Ensemble convene a workshop with UNSW composer John Peterson and choreographer/dancer Sue Healey on their latest creation, ‘Double Entendre’ for piano quintet and dancers. 1:10pm, Leighton Hall, UNSW.
Friday 11 October. The ACO, ANAM and The Consort of Melbourne perform The Crowd: A programme of works by Tognetti, Crumb, Ives, Dean, Debussy, Feldman, Leifs, Schubert, Shostakovich and Sibelius with projections by cinematographer Jon Frank. Palais Theatre, St. Kilda, VIC, 8pm. Repeat with Cantillation at the Sydney Opera House, NSW, Sunday 13 October, 2pm.
An unmissable opportunity to hear Larry Sitsky and Adam Cook perform the world première of Sitsky’s augmentation of Ferruccio Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntisticca. 7pm, Larry Sitsky room, ANU School of Music, ACT.
Tura New Music and the Australian Art Orchestra present their Crossing Roper Bar tour in the foyer of the Darwin Supreme Court, NT. Also performing are Wagilak Songmen from Ngukurr, Arnhem Land; Stephen Pigram and Paul Grabowsky. 8pm. Also Sunday 13 October, Ivanhoe Farms, Kununurra, WA, 7pm.
Saturday 12 October. Cellist Rachel Scott and classical guitarists Raffaele and Janet Agostino perform Bach in the Dark, a program of works by J. S. Bach, Richard Charlton and Ennio Morricone in the crypt of St. James Church, Sydney, NSW, 7pm.
John Peterson’s new work Double entendre shares an Australia Ensemble programme with Britten, Bartok and Mendelssohn. Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, 8pm.
Andrew Ford‘s new song cycle Last Words, featuring the last words of Goethe, Henry Ward Beecher, Alban Berg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Porter, Noel Coward, Virginia Woolf and Tim Winton’s beloved Fish from Cloudstreet, will be performed at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival at 11:30am. Catch a discussion with the composer at 10am before the performance.
For the opening weekend of the Melbourne Festival fifteen black teepees will fill Federation Square, each big enough for just two people. The Sonic Flock of one-on-one performances will feature Carolyn Connors, Tanea Hall, Judith Hamann, Micheal Hewes, Masayuki Kawai, Pardon Kimura, Cal Lyall, Peter Neville, Tim Phillips, Belinda Woods, the Amplified Elephants (Teagan Connor, Jay Euesden, Liz Hofb auer, Robyn McGrath, Thomas Lutze and Daniel Munnery) and the Noise Scavengers.
Sunday 13 October. As part of the Melbourne Festival, composer and percussionist Ben Walsh (Tom Tom Crew) fronts a 12-strong coalition of Australian and Indian musicians as they perform an energetic, percussive score set to an action-packed montage of scenes from Diamond Queen, Perth-born Bollywood actress Fearless Nadia’s most famous film. Melbourne Recital Centre, 7pm.
The Song Company perform works by Elena Kats-Chernin and Stephen Cronin amongst works by Gabrieli, Dufay, Lassus and Sculthorpe. Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, VIC, 11:30am.
Tuesday 15 October. Andrew Ford‘s Last Words, performed by the Seraphim Trio and New York-based soprano Jane Sheldon comes to Adelaide’s Elder Hall, 5:30pm. Event includes a discussion of the work between Andrew Ford and Anna Goldsworthy.