Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Canberra International Music Festival and the Griffins

The 17th Canberra International Music Festival runs from, 11-22 May 2011. The program is emphasises Schubert. It also commemorates the work of Canberra's original architects: Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. The conference program features a series of remarkable graphics, overlaying the plan of Canberra, with mystical symbols.

The Griffins were invovled in anthroposophy . There have been some attempts to suggest that the plan for Canberra, with its triangles, circles and pyramids were embedded with secret religious symbolism.

Concerts large and small take us physically to iconic places - from the Great Hall at Parliament House to The Fitters’ workshop in Kingston. Join us on a enthralling and uplifting tour of our National Capital as you experience 34 concerts in 11 days: May 11th – 22nd, 2011. This year’s program features artists such as Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and his equally talented brother Jaakko Kuusisto, pianist Pascal RogĂ©, violinist Lara St John, conductors Brett Weymark, John Harding and Roland Peelman and the Song Company, the Danish String Quartet, and the Bowed Piano Ensemble. We are extending our Amazing Space series of concerts to include two on mountain tops – which we are calling the Amphitheatre of Hills series. The festival will triumphantly conclude with the world’s finest vocal ensemble – Finland’s Rajaton We will also present 45 World and Australian premieres including the Lost Gallipoli Sonata of Frederick Septimus Kelly which we recently found in Florence as well as commissioned works by Peter Sculthorpe, Elena Kats-Chernin and 2011 composer in residence Graeme Koehne. ...

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