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The inaugural Sir Arnold Bax Music Festival designed by ADO Principal Conductor, Kevin Purcell, reflects the ongoing renaissance of the music of Arnold Bax (1883-1953) that began with the Lyrita record label recordings in the early 1970s of which Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 were conducted by Maestro Purcell's British conducting teacher, the late Myer Fredman. Having passed on his intimate knowledge of Bax's orchestral output, Purcell has created a biennial festival to explore every aspect of this largely forgotten titan of 20th-Century British music in special curated concert performances.
The inaugural Festival (Aug.31 - Sept. 1) will feature two orchestral works composed in 1917 - the incredible tone-poem 'Tintagel' and the Australian premiere of the ballet suite 'From Dusk 'Til Dawn' - a second concert of some of Bax's little-known chamber music; a new documentary film examing the reasons for the unjustified and inexplicable neglect of Bax's orchestral works in orchestral concert programming to the present-day, and other still to be announced ancillary events.Find out more »
Featured on the Australian edition of 60 Minutes in 2016, Daphne Prioetto is a remarkable woman teaching the piano to children with autism in Melbourne, Australia. Focusing on the development of motor skills and aural acuity, she has achieved truly astounding outcomes with the children she has taught, and far beyond the expectations of what was previously assumed to be possible for children with this disability.
Founded on establishing a rapport not only with the child but with the family as well as means to long-term musical development and success, Daphne's work is defined by realising the potential in all children to experience and explore music-making irrespective of the challenges they may face in day-to-day living. Watching Daphne's students perform in concert is a testament to the finest possibilities of the human spirit. Whatever you have planned on this day, cancel it, and experience an event to make your heart soar.
In addition to Daphne's Keys of Life students, ADO Principal Violin, Marianne Rothschild performs Vaughan Williams' soaringly beautiful solo in 'The Lark Ascending' followed by two, small, Delius minatures for chamber orchestra. ADO Principal Conductor, Kevin Purcell directs.Find out more »