opera / “Don Quichotte” (Don Quixote), Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House until March 28. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA.
THE ANU SCHOOL of Music will partner with the National Capital Authority to commission an album of new Australian music for the National Carillon in Canberra.
The album has been commissioned as part of an Australia Council grant program and will see the ANU and NCA jointly fund Carillon pieces by 10 of the nation’s leading composers, Larry Sitsky, Gerard Brophy, Judith Clingan, Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin, Natalie Williams, Becky Llewellyn, Jessica Wells , Kate Moore and Andrew Ford.
“This project will establish strong artistic and cultural links between the ANU School of Music, the NCA and the Canberra International Music Festival as well as the wider Canberra community,” said senior carillonist Thomas Laue from the School.
NCA chief executive, Malcolm Snow, says the agency’s contribution will provide a unique opportunity for internationally-recognised artists to play on one of Australia’s most loved and largest musical instruments.
“As the agency responsible for the maintenance and funding of the Carillon, an important cultural asset, the NCA is delighted to have such a brilliant line-up of composers showcasing their work on this amazing instrument,” he said.
The ten composers will work with Dr Laue and the Carillon’s lead carillonist, Lyn Fuller, who believes there is a lack of carillon music by Australian composers.
“This new album is an exciting step in filling that void,” she said.
The world premiere of the album will take place at a free community concert in Canberra in May 2017 to coincide with the Canberra International Music Festival. It will also be showcased at the World Carillon Federation World Congress in Barcelona in July 2017.