SEASON OF SONG
In 2023 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 led by pianist Andrea Katz have appeared in the Season of Song. 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 2023 brings seven recitals by a total of 20 performers, many familiar to Art Song Canberra’s audiences but several new to the Art Song Canberra stage. The concerts will delight audiences with a wide variety of repertoire. The Tasman Soloists and Songmakers Australia, will bring programs beyond the usual art song repertoire for a duo of singer and piano. In April, the popular and much-admired duo Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks will perform a program focusing on works using verse by William Shakespeare. In May, Sonia Anfiloff and Alan Hicks will explore the works of Mathilde Wesendonck, Emily Dickinson and Amy Beach in ‘Women Who Move the Heart’. Sarahlouise Owens and Katherine Day will give us impressions of the music of the early 20th century in July. Susannah Lawergren and Bernadette Harvey will take us back to nature with a program entitled ‘The Mysterious Forest’ in October. The Season’s finale will be provided by A.J. America and Roland Peelman, with intriguing insights into the emergence of American Art Song.
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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 2023 are still taking shape. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.