SEASON OF SONG
In 2022 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 2022 brings seven recitals by a total of sixteen artists, some familiar to Art Song Canberra’s audiences but several new to its stage. The concerts will delight audiences with a wide variety of repertoire. The Season will begin in February with a recital by The Storytellers Ensemble highlighting the contribution of Piazzolla and others to classical music and in particular the Argentinian tango. In April, the popular and much-admired duo Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks will perform an intriguing program, ‘Persons of Interest’. In May, leading Sydney artists Koen van Stade and Neal Peres da Costa, will give a recital giving a new insight into the songs of Franz Schubert. In July, tenor Andrew Goodwin with pianist John Martin will treat us to a feast of Romantic classics from Europe. Tenor Brad Cooper will appear in September with pianist Katherine Day and violist Lucy Carrigy-Ryan to enchant our audience with ‘Sublimis’. ‘The Time of Roses’, performed by Jill Sullivan and Donna Balson in October, will explore the Romantic Lied through works by Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss and Sibelius. In our last concert for the year, Katherine Day will return to the platform with Sarahlouise Owens, together to reveal some of the lesser-known composers, or lesser-known works of favourite composers.
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Admission to the concerts includes a complimentary program. For concert tickets prices, please see tickets .
Art Song Canberra typically presents a masterclass each year but plans for 2022 are still taking shape. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.