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									biogrAPhieS                                                                                                 The chAmber muSic AuSTrAliA collAborATion wiTh
                                                                                                            The Schönberg enSemble
Barbara Hannigan                                      Chamber Music Australia
                                                                                                            One of the driving thoughts behind Chamber                                  This Melbourne visit from The Schönberg
Soprano
                                                                                                            Music Australia’s concerts for Melbourne                                    Ensemble is important. The Ensemble is
                                                      Chamber Music Australia (CMA) is a not-for-
                                                                                                            International Arts Festival is ‘good’ music. I’m                            passionate about collaboration and I am
Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan received            profit organisation committed to improving the
                                                                                                            referring here to works that musicians want to                              delighted that its members will perform with
her Bachelor of Music (1993) and Master of            standard of chamber music in Australia.
                                                                                                            play; pieces that have something strong to say                              students from the Australian National Academy
Music (1998) degrees from the University of
                                                                                                            and that often do not receive the hearing that                              of Music in a unique chamber orchestra
Toronto and undertook further study at the Banff      This mission is realised by the presentation of the
                                                                                                            they deserve. These works may not be familiar                               configuration conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw.
Centre for the Arts, the Steans Institute for Young   prestigious Melbourne International Chamber
                                                                                                            to most audiences but I hope that this does not                             This experience is invaluable and is perfectly
Artists at Ravinia, the Centre d’arts Orford and      Music Competition and its smaller sibling,
                                                                                                            remain the case!                                                            suited to the very high calibre of the Academy’s
the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.                  the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition.
                                                                                                                                                                                        musicians.
                                                      These competitions provide a chance for young
                                                                                                            In line with our previous contemporary
Barbara has performed many well-known                 Australian musicians to compare themselves
                                                                                                            chamber music series at the Festival, we have                               This second concert in our Festival series,
operatic roles and has sung the world premiere        with the very best in the world and to set the
                                                                                                            programmed works for a diverse range of                                     performed with members of The Schönberg
of operas by Louis Andriessen (Writing to             benchmark for excellence in performance.
                                                                                                            ensembles to specifically allow musicians to                                Ensemble features the incredibly virtuosic,
Vermeer), Jan van de Putte (Wet Snow) and
                                                                                                            perform together outside their usual contexts. This                         demanding and rarely performed Invocations:
Michel van der Aa (One). She has received             CMA was founded in 1989 by Sir Rupert Hamer,
                                                                                                            means that students get the chance to play with                             concerto for bass clarinet and chamber orchestra
much acclaim for her performances of György           Kenneth Tribe and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. The
                                                                                                            professional musicians and blur the boundaries                              by Nigel Westlake, the Australian premiere
Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, a tour de          organisation presents contemporary chamber
                                                                                                            of their respective institutions. The opportunity                           of Dutch-born composer and pianist Louis
force for soprano and orchestra which she has         music to highlight the future directions of this
                                                                                                            to work with The Schönberg Ensemble – the                                   Andriessen’s Dances: for soprano and chamber
sung with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the             art form, alongside workshops and classes with
                                                                                                            renowned Dutch troupe committed to new music                                orchestra and Mayke Nas’ To hell!, which was
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt       guest teachers to impart knowledge to young
                                                                                                            performance – in Australia is a privilege and                               written to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the
Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Asko and             musicians and to introduce them to international
                                                                                                            is a testament to Festival artistic director Kristy                         Dutch city of Nijmegen.
Schönberg Ensembles of Amsterdam.                     educational networks.
                                                                                                            Edmunds’ belief in collaboration.
                                                      www.chambermusicaustralia.com.au
                                                                                                                                                                                        Works and collaborations such as these can only

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Schönberg
                                                                                                            The Schönberg Ensemble’s conductor, Reinbert                                occur in a Festival context. It’s wonderful that
                                                                                                            de Leeuw, was a teacher in new music and                                    we can program these concerts and broaden
                                                                                                            composition during my studies at the Royal
                                                                                                            Conservatoire in The Hague and many of my
                                                                                                                                                                                        the horizons of the established chamber music
                                                                                                                                                                                        repertoire.                                                                 enSemble de leeuw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    conducTed by reinberT
                                                                                                            contemporaries joined the Ensemble in its early
                                                                                                            days. On a recent tour to Amsterdam, I visited the                          – Marco van Pagee, Artistic Director, Chamber                                                                          Members of The Schönberg Ensemble and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
                                                                                                            new Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ. A chance meeting                                 Music Australia                                                                                                        Barbara Hannigan will also perform with
                                                                                                            with an old colleague soon led to a meeting with                                                                                                        Thu 9 Oct at 8pm                           Chamber Music Australia at
                                                                                                            the administration of the Ensemble and an idea                                                                                                          2hr with interval                          Federation Square, BMW Edge
                                                                                                            was formed – that we would collaborate on a                                                                                                             Fri 10 Oct at 8pm (Featuring Barbara       Sun 12 Oct at 7pm
                                                                                                            concert in Australia.                                                                                                                                   Hannigan)                                  1hr no interval
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1hr 45min with interval
                                                                                                            Chamber Music Australia will also present a concert at the BMW Edge on Saturday 11 October. This                                                        Supported by                               Supported by

                                                                                                            program, devised by Marco van Pagee, features works by Morton Feldman, Nigel Westlake and György
                                                                                                            Ligeti performed by professional and student musicians from the VCA.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    www.askoschoenberg.nl
                                                                                                            Visit www.melbournefestival.com for more information.

                                                                                                            CMA is supported by Arts Victoria, Tourism Victoria, the City of Melbourne and numerous philanthropic individuals and foundations and its             Principal Public Partner   Public Partners
                                                                                                            Principal Partner, Primus Telecom. CMA is expressly grateful to the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Tallis Foundation for their visionary
                                                                                                            contribution to this collaboration, as well as the Australian National Academy of Music, the School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts and the
                                                                                                            Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        www.melbournefestival.com.au
The Schönberg enSemble Thu 9 ocT AT 8Pm                                                             noTeS on The Schönberg enSemble ProgrAm                                                                                    biogrAPhieS
                                                                                                    When The Schönberg Ensemble and its artistic           greatest impact, but his creative output has been                   The Schönberg Ensemble                               Reinbert de Leeuw
Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw                       Louis Andriessen (1939)                           leader Reinbert de Leeuw were approached to            enormous and includes orchestral and chamber                                                                             Conductor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The internationally renowned Schönberg
                                                  Zilver (1994)                                     perform two distinct programs for this year’s          music in an extremely wide range of instrumental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ensemble was formed in 1974 in The Hague
Ingrid Geerlings Flute                            John Adams (1947)                                 Melbourne International Arts Festival, they            settings. The Schönberg Ensemble would like                                                                              Since its foundation in 1974 Reinbert de Leeuw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               by Reinbert de Leeuw, who has remained chief
Evert Weidner Oboe, English Horn                  Chamber Symphony (1992)                           were asked for a repertoire that highlighted the       to dedicate this concert to Mauricio Kagel, who                                                                          has been conductor and music director of The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               conductor since this time. The Ensemble’s
Marieke Schut English Horn                        Interval                                          passion for what the Ensemble is and most wants        passed away in September of this year.                                                                                   Schönberg Ensemble. He also regularly conducts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               repertoire, rooted in the performance of the
Pierre Woudenberg Clarinet                        Mauricio Kagel (1931 –2008)                       to present. And so we have these two concerts,                                                                                                                                  the foremost orchestras and ensembles of The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               complete chamber music of the three most
Rick Huls E-flat Clarinet, Clarinet               Divertimento? Farce für Ensemble (2005/2006)      both different, yet both revealing a lot about this    The concert on 10 October features two recent                                                                            Netherlands and has toured and performed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               important composers of the Second Viennese
Liesbeth de Jong Bass Clarinet                    Arnold Schönberg (1874 – 1951)                    acclaimed musical group.                               compositions again written especially for The                                                                            in festivals world wide. He was guest artistic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               School – Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg and
Johan Steinmann Bassoon                           Chamber Symphony Op. 9 (1906)                                                                            Schönberg Ensemble. The first is Micrographia                                                                            director of the Aldeburgh Festival (1992) and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Anton Webern – has gradually branched out to
Hanneke Metselaar Bassoon, Contra-Bassoon                                                           On 9 October, the concert begins with music by a       by Australian composer Michael Smetanin, who                                                                             artistic director of the Tanglewood Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               include the non-symphonic repertoire of the entire
Wim Timmermans French Horn                                                                          great friend to the Ensemble and one of Europe’s       studied with leading Dutch composer Louis                                                                                of Contemporary Music (1994–1998). He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               20th (and 21st) century.
Jaap van der Vliet French Horn                    Fri 10 ocT AT 8Pm                                 most eminent and influential composers, Louis          Andriessen at the Royal Conservatorium in The                                                                            was offered a ‘Carte Blanche-series’ by the
Willem van der Vliet Trumpet                                                                        Andriessen. The idea behind Zilver, as Andriessen      Hague. The second is Jan van de Putte’s Uma                                                                              Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 1995–1996
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Schönberg Ensemble plays in the most
Toon van Ulsen Trombone, Bass Trombone            Michael Smetanin (1958)                           himself writes “was to write a chorale variation       Só Divina Linha for soprano and orchestra.                                                                               and since 1997 he has been involved in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               prestigious concert halls and major festivals
David Kutz Tuba                                   Micrographia (2006)                               as Bach did for organ – a long, slow-moving            Like many works of this individualistic Dutch                                                                            organisation of the Tijdgenoten-series, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               throughout Europe, Canada and the United
Pauline Post Piano, Harpsichord, Celesta          Jan van de Putte (1959)                           melody, combined with the same melody played           composer, Uma Só Divina Linha is a kind of                                                                               contemporary music series of The Schönberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               States, performs frequently on radio and televi-
Gerrit Hommerson Harmonium, Synthesizer,          Uma Só Divina Linha (2006)                        faster. The ensemble is divided into two groups:       sound theatre, philosophising in tones and                                                                               Ensemble and the Asko Ensemble in cooperation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sion and has made many CD recordings of works
Harpsichord                                       Interval                                          the wind and strings play the sustained melody in      symbolising an existential quest. The lyrics to this                                                                     with the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               by Oliver Messiaen, Galina Ustvolskaja, Klaas de
Merima Kljuco Bayan                               György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)                       chorale-like four-part harmony, and the rest of the    mysterious piece are from the Portuguese poet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Vries and Claude Vivier. György Ligeti personally
Miriam Overlach Harp                              Kammerkonzert (1969/1970)                         instruments – vibraphone, marimba and piano –          Fernando Pessoa, alias Álvaro de Campos.                                                                                 Alongside his concert activities, Reinbert de Leeuw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               asked Reinbert de Leeuw and The Schönberg
Ger de Zeeuw Percussion (soloist in Michael       György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)                       play increasingly fast staccato chords.”                                                                                                                                        has conducted numerous opera productions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ensemble to record all his ensemble music and
Smetanin’s Micrographia)                          Mysteries of the Macabre (1974/1977)                                                                     This second concert concludes with two works                                                                             with De Nederlandse Opera and De Nationale
                                                                                                    This concert features chamber symphonies from                                                                              many composers including Isang Yun, Henryk
Joey Marijs Percussion (soloist in Michael                                                                                                                 from György Ligeti, a composer with whom The                                                                             Reisopera. He is affiliated with the Sydney
                                                                                                    The Schönberg Ensemble’s namesake Arnold                                                                                   Górecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Louis Andriessen
Smetanin’s Micrographia)                                                                                                                                   Schönberg Ensemble collaborated intensively                                                                              Symphony Orchestra as artistic adviser for their
                                                                                                    Schönberg and from American composer John                                                                                  and Mauricio Kagel have dedicated works to the
Joe Puglia Violin                                 Sun 12 ocT AT 7Pm                                 Adams. Written for 15 instruments and lasting
                                                                                                                                                           until his death in 2006. Ligeti was an adventurer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ensemble.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    contemporary music series and is a regular guest
Wim de Jong Violin                                chAmber muSic AuSTrAliA wiTh                                                                             in form and expression and a great visionary of                                                                          in most European countries, the United States
                                                                                                    22 minutes, Chamber Symphony from Adams
Susanne van Els Viola (soloist in Mayke Nas’ To   memberS oF The Schönberg                                                                                 contemporary music. His richly varied output was                                                                         and Japan.
                                                                                                    bears a suspicious resemblance to its eponymous                                                                            In September 2006 The Schönberg Ensemble
hell!)                                            enSemble                                                                                                 characterised by fresh and unorthodox ideas and
                                                                                                    predecessor, the Opus 9 of Schönberg but was                                                                               released the Schönberg Ensemble Edition, an
Hans Woudenberg Cello                                                                                                                                      throughout his career he moved far away from                                                                             Reinbert has won many awards and was
                                                                                                    also inspired by American cartoon music. As                                                                                anniversary CD and DVD box with 22 CDs and
Quirijn van Regteren Altena Double Bass           Conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw                                                                           aesthetic trends and methods.                                                                                            appointed Honorary Doctor at the University of
                                                                                                    Adams describes it, “Despite all the good                                                                                  three DVDs as a record of the group’s 30 years of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Utrecht in 1994. In 2002 he received an Edison
                                                                                                    humour, my Chamber Symphony turned out to                                                                                  performing.
With Vocal Soloist Barbara Hannigan Soprano       Nigel Westlake (1958) Invocations: concerto for                                                          Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan joins                                                                                  Award for the first CD of Teldecs’ ‘Ligeti Project’.
                                                                                                    be shockingly difficult to play. It is linear and
                                                  bass clarinet and chamber orchestra (1995)                                                               The Schönberg Ensemble as vocal soloist for                                                                              Since 2003 he has conducted the Dutch National
                                                                                                    chromatic and the instruments are asked to                                                                                 Recent highlights for the Ensemble include the
Photos Co Broerse & Gerrit Schreurs               Dean Newcomb Bass Clarinet                                                                               this second program. She is well-known for her                                                                           Youth Orchestra (NJO), of which he is also the
                                                                                                    negotiate unreasonably difficult passages and                                                                              celebration of Mauricio Kagel’s 75th birthday and
                                                  Louis Andriessen (1939) Dances (1991)                                                                    performances of Ligeti’s work. In particular she                                                                         music director, at their ‘NJO Summer Academy’.
                                                                                                    alarmingly fast tempi, often to the inexorable click                                                                       the sold out concert in Amsterdam with Barbara
                                                  Barbara Hannigan Soprano                                                                                 has received much acclaim for her performances                                                                           Reinbert de Leeuw wrote Im wunderschönen
                                                                                                    of the trap set. But therein, I suppose, lies the                                                                          Sukowa and Reinbert de Leeuw performing Im
                                                  Both works performed by student musicians from                                                           of his Mysteries of the Macabre, which she has                                                                           Monat Mai - ‘Dreimal sieben Lieder nach
                                                                                                    perverse charm of the piece.”                                                                                              wunderschönen Monat Mai – ‘Dreimal sieben
                                                  the ANAM and members of The Schönberg                                                                    sung with The Schönberg Ensemble, Toronto                                                                                Schumann und Schubert’, which premiered in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lieder nach Schumann und Schubert’.
                                                  Ensemble                                          Imagination, originality and humour are the            Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio                                                                                    2003 and has since been performed many times
                                                  Mayke Nas (1972) To hell! (2005/2008)             hallmarks of the work of German artist Mauricio        Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio                                                                                  by The Schönberg Ensemble with the German
                                                  Performed by members of The Schönberg             Kagel whose Divertimento was written specifically      Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music                                                                                 actress Barbara Sukowa to great popular and
                                                  Ensemble                                          for The Schönberg Ensemble and completes               Society of Lincoln Center in New York and which                                                                          critical acclaim. In September 2008, De Leeuw
                                                                                                    the first concert program. Kagel’s name may            features in this concert.                                                                                                was named a member of the Order of the
                                                                                                    be most readily associated with music theatre,         These notes contain content reproduced thanks to Louis Andriessen                                                        Netherlands Lion which recognises exceptional
                                                                                                    the genre on which he has perhaps exerted the          and www.earbox.com                                                                                                       achievement and service in all professions.

								
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