04 Sep

Metamorphosis

Opera Australia has announced that Brian Howard‘s opera Metamorphosis will receive a new production in the 2018 season.

This will be the fourth production of this opera after Nigel Triffitt (VSO) Melbourne, Graeme Murphy (OA) Sydney and John Milson (WAAPA) Perth.

Metamorphosis will be staged in Sydney on 26, 27, 28 and 29 September 2018 and in Melbourne on 25, 26 and 27 October 2018.

The new production will be directed by Tama Matheson with set and costumes by Mark Thompson.

Paul Fitzsimon will conduct with Simon Lobelson, Julie Lea Goodwin, Christopher Hillier, Taryn Fiebig, Adrian Tamburini and Benjamin Rasheed as the cast.

Find out more from Opera Australia: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/metamorphosis-sydney

22 Sep

Premiere of new work by Brian Howard

Brian Howard’s Desires Ingrained (2016) for solo violin will be premiered at the first of the three After the Silence concerts in Amsterdam in October. This work will be performed by Vera Van Der Bie on 3 October 2016. The concerts will present a series of compositions all 8 minutes or less in duration. Kate Moore and Konstantin Koukias will also have works performed at these concerts.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/138974306552240/

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-after-the-silence-new-sounds-concert-1-of-3-27684587346

23 Oct

Forthcoming concert celebrating Nigel Butterley

We’re delighted to share the news about a very special forthcoming concert.  On 31 October 2015 at 7.30PM, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, together with ABC Classic FM, will present From Sorrowing Earth, a concert celebrating composer Nigel Butterley in his 80th birthday year.

Butterley’s works From Sorrowing Earth – a symphony – and In the Head, the Fire – a radiophonic work – will be performed, along with From Joyous Leaves, a new concerto by Elliott Gyger for piano and orchestra, featuring soloist Zubin Kanga, and based on Butterley’s piano work Uttering Joyous Leaves.

The concert will take place at Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre (Cnr Stuart Street & Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, VIC). Tickets are FREE, and can be reserved online: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=153981

09 May

World premiere of ‘Full Fathom Five’

We’re delighted to announce that Full Fathom Five, composed by Brian Howard and published by Wildbird, will receive its world premiere on Saturday 9 May 2015 at 3pm at the Canberra International Music Festival. The concert, ‘Movers and Shakers’ will take place at the Fitter’s Workshop, and performers on the programme include: Amy Dickson, saxophone, Geoff Gartner, cello, Roland Peelman, piano and conductor, YAFF string players, Ensemble Offspring, New Zealand String Quartet, Tinalley String Quartet.

The concert will be broadcast on ABC Classic FM, Thursday 14 May 2015 at 8pm.

07 Apr

Voyage through radiant stars

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Voyage through radiant stars for a large ensemble of 18 instruments by Brian Howard will receive its premiere at the opening night of the 2014 Aurora Festival on 30 April at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. The work was commissioned by the Festival with funds from the Australia Council and will be performed by James Nightingale (saxophone) and the Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble conducted by Daryl Pratt.

Voyage through radiant stars is the companion work to Voyages 1-8 for saxophone (soprano and alto) which was premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland in July 2012.

Voyages 1-8 has now been published. The World Premiere can be viewed and heard here:

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