SEASON OF SONG
In 2019 Art Song Canberra will present seven recitals of fine art song by an outstanding array of first-rate artists, most of them 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 2019 will begin in February with a recital by Michael Lampard and Alan Hicks. Pianist Anthony Smith will accompany New Zealand soprano Rebecca Ryan at the end of March; they appeared together for Art Song Canberra in 2011. In May Songmakers Australia will return to give a recital, Russian Lullaby; noted tenor Andrew Goodwin will make his first appearance for Art Song Canberra. In June Sarahlouise Owens, accompanied by pianist Katherine Day, will give a recital highlighting works of female composers. Baritone Jeremy Tatchell and pianist Elena Nikulina have together delighted Art Song Canberra audiences twice before, in 2012 and 2016. They will return in August together with Lisa Cannizzaro. In September, baritone José Carbó will join guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi on the platform as the José Carbó Trio. The Season will end in November with a recital by the popular and highly respected duo, Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks.
For more extensive information on the concerts and the artists in 2019 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 Alan Hicks, a leading art song exponent and eminent vocal coach. 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.