Our love letter to Australian composers, this is our annual tradition of telling Australian Stories in symphonic style.
After a successful 2019 of showcasing eclectic wind music from around the world, the Adelaide Wind Orchestra sets its sights back home with Australian Stories. One of AWO’s proudest accomplishments in its short history was this year’s Composition Workshop & Contest, which saw nine new, original works written by Australian composers. After a thorough workshopping process, it was Connor Fogarty who achieved first place for his work, Three Landscapes. In our 2019 climax, we will proudly perform the world premiere of Fogarty’s beautiful composition. Connor is the latest in a line of exceptional emerging composers studying at the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide under the dedicated composition faculty Graeme Koehne, Charles Bodman Rae and Anne Cawrse.
It’s difficult to provide an Australian winds concert without including one of the most renowned composers in our history: Percy Grainger. We will perform the 1937 classic Lincolnshire Posy, the six-movement work which perhaps best demonstrates Grainger’s idiosyncratic style and sound.
Violinist Jacqui Carias joins AWO as guest performer in Symphony d’aere by Kirsten Milenko. This symphonic soundscape was debuted by the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony in 2017, and is inspired by how the environment has been afflicted by humanity.
Full of life and spirit, our epic finale for 2020 will be the Dances of Life and Death by Ross Edwards. This work features three contrasting movements conveying the polarising experiences of its namesake. This concert will be performed at 7:30pm Saturday 23 November at Concordia College Chapel, Cheltenham Street, Highgate.