SEASON OF SONG
In 2021 Art Song Canberra will once again present a wide-ranging series of seven fine art song recitals on Sunday afternoons in the Music Room, Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.
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 2021 brings seven recitals by fourteen artists, some familiar to Art Song Canberra’s audiences and a few new to its stage. The Season will begin in February with a recital by the popular and much admired duo, mezzo-soprano Christina Wilson and pianist Alan Hicks. Alan will return to our stage in March to accompany mezzo-soprano Jill Sullivan; together with violist Robert Harris they gave a beautiful recital for Art Song Canberra in 2017. In May, 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. In July, soprano Piera Dennerstein, recently arrived in Canberra from Melbourne, will give a recital with pianist Lucus Allerton. This excellent young accompanist will return to our stage in September with another rising star, soprano Jade McFaul. Our last two concerts for the year will be given by ensembles – in October, the Tasman Soloists and in November, Songmakers Australia. In the former case, tenor Kent McIntosh will appear with Robert Johnson (horn) and pianist Sharolyn Kimmorley. In the latter case, Songmakers Australia, who appeared for Art Song Canberra in 2013, 2016 and 2019, will make a very welcome return.
For more extensive information on the concerts and the artists in 2021 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 .
Art Song Canberra typically presents a masterclass each year but due to uncertainty around restrictions plans for 2021 are still taking shape. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.
All will be welcome to join the audience to observe a leading expert in the field of art song at work.