Welcome to the
2009 Canberra International Music Festival

2009 sees a convergence of momentous anniversaries. The 400th anniversary of the telescope, the International Year of Astronomy, the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing, Darwin’s 200th, Purcell’s 300th, Mendelssohn’s 200th, Sculthorpe’s 80th, Louis Andriessen’s 70th, Handel’s 250th and Haydn’s 200th of death. The festival will celebrate these milestones and the forgotten genius of Fanny Mendelssohn. We have also dropped our ticket prices to create even greater value.

The festival will bring music to Canberra’s unique architectural spaces: the National Portrait Gallery, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, the High Court, Embassies, Playhouse, Albert Hall, and the astonishing Kingston Foreshore’s Fitter’s Workshop. The Australian Institute of Architects will host the Amazing Space series.

Musical highlights include the Dawn Balloon Concerts, The History of Sound for schoolchildren, Peter Sculthorpe’s Rites of Passage, Finland’s legendary vocal group Rajaton, Chris LathamHolland’s PianoDuo, Australia’s golden violinist John Harding and Canberra’s own Howard Penny and Kristian Winther. The 7 hour New Music Marathon continues, and we’ll present over 40 premieres or Australian premieres, including the National Museum’s Elena Kats-Chernin commission and Arvo Part’s celestial late masterpiece, his 4th symphony.

For those who have a thirst for beauty, for those who are in need of reassurance or balm, please come and join us at Canberra’s Autumn Music Festival.

Chris Latham,
Artistic Director




ACT Government

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