14 December 2009

A new work by pre-eminent composer and National Living Treasure Peter Sculthorpe will be a highlight of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's 2010 concert program - and a jewel in the crown of The Con's 101 Compositions for 100 Years project.

The Con's Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Imre Palló will premiere the work as part of the Conductors' Series - a performance that will help round-out Emeritus Professor Sculthorpe's commitment to the 101 Compositions project as a Marquee Composer and contributing lecturer.

The newly commissioned work is for string orchestra and narrator. Professor Palló will be supported by two Doctor of Musical Arts students.

"We are so chuffed that Peter will be helping us lead the charge of both our concert series and 101 project next year," commented Dean and Principal, Professor Kim Walker.

"There will be many highpoints in the 2010 program, but this work and its performance will add a special lustre, and surely be a concert that will generate great admiration."

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will be at the centre of another standout performance of a 101 Compositions orchestral work, Symphony No 4, Los Angeles.

The work, scheduled for the 26 and 27 March "Uncommon" Fanfare in LA Conductors' Series concert, is co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Canberra International Music Festival and The Con. It will involve Maestro Imre Palló and Timo-Veikko Valve (cello), performing courtesy of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The Con's 2010 program includes more than 170 free and ticketed events - from February to November - embracing the Sensational Sundays Series, Cocktail Hour Recital Series, Lunchbreak Concerts, Open Academy Rising Stars Series, Conductors' Series, Opera Program and Jazz in the Café.

A major value-add will be the showcasing of an array of premiere performances of 101 Compositions commissioned as part of the ISCM World New Music Days Festival in Sydney in May.

The Con will be co-hosting the festival along with the Aurora Festival and ABC Classic FM, in collaboration with the Australian Music Centre and supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Ars Musica Australis. It will involve musicians and composers from 50 countries.

Contact: Scott Saunders

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