In 2015 the School of Music marks its fiftieth anniversary with a celebratory programme of musical events and distinguished visitors.
Founded as the Canberra School of Music in 1965, the ANU School of Music has over the past half-century firmly established itself as one of the nation’s leading music institutions. Alongside a core commitment to the teaching of performance, the School has also developed significant specialist interests and areas of expertise, and one feature of the year will be to focus on five such areas in which the School has made, and continues to make, a world-leading contribution to Australian global musical culture.
Among other planned events, leading figures in five of these fields, all with significant connections to the ANU School of Music, have been invited to be 50th Anniversary Distinguished-Artists-in-Residence for 2015. They are:
• Stephen Wild (Indigenous Australian Music)
• George Dreyfus (Composition)
• Robyn Holmes (Australian Classical Music History)
• David Worrall (Digital Sonic Arts)
• Anna Freeman (Historically Informed Performance Practice)
The anniversary day itself (20 September) will be marked by a weekend of performances and master classes in Llewellyn Hall on 19-20 September, involving many of Canberra leading musicians and organisations
Other major events planned for the year include;
- Mr Andrew Farriss in residence as the 2015 Coombs Fellow
- A concert and masterclass by The Sixteen - one of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles performing their concert programme ‘The Queen of Heaven’, featuring a stunning new version of Allegri’s famous Miserere, 6 March, 7:30pm, Llewellyn Hall
- A production of Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical Into the Woods –to be staged at Gungahlin College Theatre, 23 August – 12 September
- An Early Music Festival – in partnership with the Wesley Music Centre (featuring Anna Freeman), 2 – 4 October
- A renewed partnership with the Capital Jazz Project, 30 May – 8 June
- A Performance of JS Bach's St John Passion in collaboration with the Canberra Choral Society, 24 October
- A new project to digitise and make available historic recordings in the School's archive
The 2015 Ensemble in Residence will be The Noise, one of Australia’s most intriguing improvising ensembles and recording artists.
And, as ever, students, staff, alumni, Distinguished Artists in Residence and Performance Teaching Fellows will be performing regularly throughout the year in lunchtime and evening concerts, including the long-running Lunchbox and Soundproof series.
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