4 December 2009

There will be no stopping the music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2010.

Next year's Concert Program - to be officially released this week - outlines more than 180 free and ticketed events - and reaches out beyond Sydney to national and international audiences.

Performance will be front and centre from February to November as Faculty, Staff and Guest Artists join in producing a wave of concerts - individual and ensemble - to whet the appetite like never before.

The program extends the depth and breadth of The Con's commitment to performance development for general public consumption going back many years and includes:

- Sensational Sundays Series

- Cocktail Hour Recital Series

- Lunchbreak Concerts

- Open Academy Rising Stars Series

- Conductors' Series

- Opera Program

- Jazz in the Café

A new facet of the program is the CONtext Lectures, which will feature discussions with Richard Toop, Keith Howard, Judy Bailey, Martin Jarvis, Peter Sculthorpe and Andrew Ford.

The Conductors' Series will offer performances across Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Early Music Ensemble, Choirs, Modern Music Ensemble, Sydney Conservatorium Big Band and Wind Symphony.

"Exciting is one way of looking at the 2010 schedule, fabulous is another," commented Professor Kim Walker, the Dean and Principal of The Con.

"It is a schedule that will enable our wonderful array of established and budding musicians, composers, arrangers, researchers, teachers, managers and young virtuosos to beguile, entertain, bewitch, and ultimately give pleasure.

"It is a program that embraces all musical genres and appeals to the vast cross section of musical tastes."

Professor Walker said the year ahead would see The Con spread its wings through its involvement in and championship of a cavalcade of special concert appearances around the country and overseas.

"The Chamber Orchestra will undertake its inaugural National Tour, and perform in its first ever US concert series, hosted by New York's renowned Juilliard School, while selected undergraduate students plus young members of the Open Academy will represent Australia when they perform at the Youth Festival as part of the World Expo in Shanghai, China," she said.

"On top of this, for the first time in the 78 year history of the International Society for Contemporary Music, the annual ISCM World New Contemporary Music Days Festival will be held in the Southern Hemisphere in May, with The Con hosting the event along with the Aurora Festival, ABC Classic FM and the Australian Music Centre.

"This festival, the largest of its type in the world, will see musicians and composers from 50 countries take part in some 22 concerts, many of them held in The Con.

"There will also be a strong international flavour to the second year of the 101 Compositions for 100 Years project; and students and Faculty will join forces to present a united front of brilliant performances for our second annual Open Day and the Dean's Gala.

"So whether you are a Con regular or a first-timer, whether you are a jazz nut or an opera addict, a lover of solos or a devotee of orchestra, you can't go wrong in 2010," Professor Walker added.

Highlights of the 2010 Program include:

Sensational Sundays

Opening Banquet

Sunday 18 April 3:00pm

Ole Böhn, violin; Reiner Schmidt, viola; Daniel Yeadon, cello; Kees Boersma, double bass; Alexa Still, flute-recorder; Ngaire de Korte, oboe; Francesco Celata, clarinet; Darryl Poulsen, horn; Kim Walker, bassoon; Paul Goodchild, trumpet; Neal Peres Da Costa, harpsichord.

Berwald Grand Septet in B flat Major Boismortier Bassoon Sonata in G Major for bassoon, double bass and harpsichord Lutoslawski Dance PreludesJ.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Jazz and the Abstract Truth

Sunday 22 August 3:00pm

Kevin Hunt, David Theak, Craig Scott, Judy Bailey, Matt McMahon, Kerrie Biddell, Warwick Alder, Steve Brien and friends.

Program to be announced from the stage

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