SEASON OF SONG
In 2020 Art Song Canberra will present seven recitals of fine art song by an outstanding array of first-rate artists, most widely experienced on the world stage.
In each year of its life Art Song Canberra has presented a series of recitals, since 1997 under the collective heading of Season of Song. The great majority of artists in successive Seasons have been highly accomplished both in Australia and internationally. Since 2005 various members of Songmakers Australia have appeared in the Season of Song – Sally-Anne Russell, Merlyn Quaife AM, Nicholas Dinopoulos and its leader, pianist Andrea Katz. Other noted Australian singers have included Greta Bradman, Sally Wilson (formerly Germany-based), Ben Connor, Robert Macfarlane, Michael Lampard, Jill Sullivan, Louise Page OAM and Christina Wilson. Season of Song 2018 included a stunning recital by the leading international art song duo Laetitia Grimaldi and Ammiel Bushakevitz. Other overseas-based singers have included Susan Burghardt (USA), Thomas Weinhappel, Tanya Aspelmeier, Knut Schoch and Erwin Belakowitsch (each from Austria), Rebecca Ryan (New Zealand) and Bruce Cain (USA) who appeared with guitarist David Asbury. Pianists have included (from Australia) Andrew Greene, Mark Kruger (formerly Germany-based), David Miller AM, Leigh Harrold, Phillipa Candy, Alan Hicks and Nigel Butterley. Overseas-based pianists have included Roy Howat (UK) and Australian Stephen Delaney (Austria). Recital programs have ranged widely from such classics of the Lieder repertoire as song cycles of Schubert and Schumann to fine art song by an immense variety of composers including Australians Horace Keats, Nigel Butterley, Betty Beath and Michael Dooley.
Season of Song 2020 will begin in March with another recital with an interesting twist by Sarahlouise Owens accompanied by pianist Natalia Tkachenko. In April pianist Alan Hicks will accompany mezzo-soprano Jill Sullivan; together with violist Robert Harris they gave a beautiful recital for Art Song Canberra in 2017. In May the German baritone Markus Matheis, who only recently moved to Australia from Germany, will appear with pianist Rhodri Clarke. In June, soprano Susannah Lawergren, well known and admired for her appearance for Art Song Canberra in 2018 and often with the Song Company, will give a recital with pianist Maciej Pawela. The popular and greatly admired duo, Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks will return to give a concert in August. Having performed for Art Song Canberra in 2018 to very great acclaim, the leading international art song duo, French soprano Laetitia Grimaldi and South African-born pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz, will return in September to give a concert pairing the works of male and female composers with musical and personal connections. The Season will end in November with a recital by two leading Sydney-based musicians, international mezzo-soprano Claire Munting and pianist Simon Kenway.
For more extensive information on the concerts and the artists in 2020 click here. To download a pdf file containing this information or to download photographs of the artists of publication quality, see the press kit .
Admission to the concerts includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. For concert tickets prices, please see tickets .
In September Art Song Canberra will present a masterclass for performers of art song given by Dan Walker. The masterclass is generously sponsored by the Wesley Music Foundation. All will be welcome to join the audience to observe a leading expert in the field of art song at work.
All will be welcome to join the audience to observe a leading expert in the field of art song at work.