2022 Concert Program: UQ School of Music

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2022 Concert Program

Message from the Head of School Professor Liam Viney At the UQ School of Music, we aim to serve and enrich our community through music-making. In 2022 we celebrate our relationship with the people and musical institutions of South-East Queensland and beyond, connecting with audiences both in person and through our beautiful live-stream capability. Expertly curated by Dr Shaun Brown, this year’s series proudly showcases our students, staff and musical partners from industry, often in settings where all three groups can collaborate. It’s a great honour and privilege for me personally to commend this year’s musical offering to you, and we look forward to sharing compelling musical experiences with you all.

Message from the Director of Performance Dr Shaun Brown The University of Queensland, School of Music is proud to present our Concert Series for 2022. In reflecting the School’s role in the broader SouthEast Queensland community, we have designed a diverse and exciting program. With established international and national artists performing, as well as our own emerging student artists, this year is set to be a vibrant, creative, and energetic time at the UQ School of Music. We look forward to connecting with you, as you explore this concert series, listen to our streamed and recorded concerts, and visit us at the St Lucia campus or browse through our website (www.music.uq.edu.au).

UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Concert Series

Music and Country 8 May • 2pm • UQ Centre One of Australia’s great didgeridoo players and composers, William Barton joins the UQ Symphony Orchestra (UQSO) as the 2022 Kinnane Distinguished Musicianin-Residence. Collaborating with violinist Véronique Serret and composer Erik Griswold to create Bush Fire Requiem, William will also revisit his collaboration with former Head of the UQ School of Music Professor Philip Bračanin in a performance of the didgeridoo concerto Dance Gundah. UQSO will then continue to explore music connected to the land and First Nations people through Antonin Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony (“From the New World”), a work drawn from the composer’s understanding of his new American home. Together, these works offer profound contrasts as well as rich connecting threads of heritage, culture

and musical landscapes. The performance will open with a special Acknowledgement of Country by Aunty Delmae Barton, reflecting on music’s enduring and ongoing relationship to the land across time. TICKETS available for purchase: bit.ly/UQmusicandcountry • 07 3346 1634

“...the UQ series sends an important signal within the university itself: It [music] is core to its soul and capacity to bind many different disciplines together.” Vincent Plush, Limelight Magazine

Lunchtime Concert Series • Thursdays, 1pm Nickson Room* and Virtual Concerts




10 Mar

Fire Dances (feat. Muses Trio)


17 Mar

Kreutzer (featuring Courtenay Cleary and Alex Raineri)


24 Mar

Spiritual Sangeet (feat. Charu Mani)


31 Mar

Viney-Grinberg Duo featuring Jeremy Sun


7 Apr

Dots+Loops x David Moran: Alexa, Write Me Some Music


14 Apr

Robert Davidson


28 Apr

Percussion Dynamics


12 May

Patrick Nolan, Lucy Reeves and Robert Manley


19 May

Viney-Grinberg Duo


26 May

Instant Music


2 June

Prize Winners Concert 1


28 July

Liam Viney


*In 2022 the Live from UQ Concert Series will seat 70 live audience members in our Nickson Room and live-stream via YouTube. Audiences must register to attend concerts in-person. Follow the links below to register or visit our website for more information: www.music.uq.edu.au/events.




4 Aug

Adam Chalabi and Anna Grinberg


11 Aug

Synchronous Vibrations (feat. SignWaves)


18 Aug



25 Aug

Pulse Chamber Orchestra


1 Sep

Simon Perry, Robert Manley and Courtenay Cleary


8 Sep

Eve Klein


15 Sep

Adam Chalabi and Courtenay Cleary


22 Sep

Prize Winners Concert 2


6 Oct



13 Oct

4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page finals


20 Oct

Composers from UQ


27 Oct

UQ Singers, Shaun Brown and Sarah Crane


UQ Music at St John’s • Tuesdays, 11am St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane CBD Date



17 May

Wind and Brass


16 Aug

Pulse Chamber Orchestra


20 Sep

UQ Chamber Singers


18 Oct

UQ Singers


Since 2017 the UQ School of Music in partnership with St John’s Cathedral has produced world-class concerts that have featured staff, students and visiting artists from around Australia. Performances have regularly featured our UQ Chamber Singers, woodwind students and Pulse Chamber Orchestra. The St John’s Concert Series in 2022 will feature our students performing alongside specialist tutors from the School of Music. These collaborations will present seminal works from the Baroque to the Romantic eras.

“When I was an undergrad I certainly could never have imagined that I would one day win a Grammy.” Tim Munro, School of Music alumnus

4MBS Radio Programs • Saturdays, 1pm 103.7FM The School of Music presents monthly recordings, research and current news on 4MBS Classic FM. Our partnership with 4MBS fosters and promotes art music in Australia and around the globe.




12 Feb

Prelude of UQ in 2022

Dr Shaun Brown

9 Apr

The Orchestral Conductor

Dane Lam

14 May

The New Wave

Dr Robert Davidson

11 Jun

Russian Music

Dr Simon Perry

9 Jul

The Solitude of the Pianist

Professor Liam Viney

13 Aug

Ground Bass

Mr Patrick Murphy

10 Sep

Choral Sounds from the Requiems

Dr Graeme Morton

8 Oct


Dr Anna Grinberg

12 Nov

UQ Back to the future: 2022 & Onwards

Dr Shaun Brown

“...Through their vibrant performances, our musicians entertain us, challenge us, and enrich the quality of life for our community. The Series highlights the School of Music as a world-leading institution for teaching, research, and performance.” Professor Deborah Terry AO Vice-Chancellor and President The University of Queensland

UQ Symphony Orchestra Conductor Dane Lam The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra (UQSO) is one of the southern hemisphere’s leading youth ensembles. It is comprised mainly of students from the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program and includes performers from other schools within the University, making the orchestra a truly collaborative ensemble. The orchestra’s repertoire includes full symphonic works, concertos with students, staff or guest soloists, compositions by students of the School, and repertoire related to conducting workshops. Combined choral/orchestral performances take place together with UQ vocal ensembles and invited secondary school performance partners. UQSO has an important orchestral heritage in Queensland. In September 1939, prominent Brisbane musician Dr Robert Dalley-Scarlett combined his community orchestra with UQ student musicians to perform at a University Revue. One of the student members who performed that night, Joan Osborn, recalled that newsboys were shouting “Germany invades Poland” on the night. In the 1950s, medical student Ralph Schureck formed a University Orchestra. Later the orchestra was bequeathed to the care of Hugh Brandon and Gordon Spearritt. The foundations for the current Orchestra at The School of Music were laid in the early 1970s under Professor Noel Nickson. Previous UQSO recordings are periodically featured on 4MBS Classic FM (103.7 FM), broadcast every second Saturday of the month, and can be downloaded via the UQ School of Music’s SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/uq-music

UQ Chamber Singers Director Dr Graeme Morton The University of Queensland Chamber Singers are a specialist ensemble that draws young vocal artists from across the University to perform diverse repertoire. Under the direction of Dr Graeme Morton - Choral Fellow at the School of Music and Director of Music at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane - the ensemble focuses on traditional and contemporary choral repertoire including that of Australian composers. The UQ Chamber Singers also regularly collaborate with other musicians and contribute to research projects within the University. The ensemble has performed in the Red Box (South Bank) as part of the Queensland Festival of Music, and at the University of Queensland’s Art Museum, Nickson Room, Customs House and performs regularly at St John’s Cathedral. Regional tours (such as to Cairns, Innisfail, and Toowoomba) support the University’s engagement with local communities, and the group’s research involvement extends from the canonic material from the early Renaissance, to commissions and recent compositions. Recent premieres include Finest Hour, a speech melody work commissioned from the UQ School of Music Senior Lecturer in Composition, Dr Robert Davidson.

UQ Singers Director Dr Shaun Brown The UQ Singers encompass all the emerging artists who focus on classical singing at The University of Queensland School of Music. They are involved in a variety of solo and chorus projects, from full operas to opera scenes and large choral works in conjunction with The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Major tours to Far North Queensland and the Granite Belt have included working as mentors to young musicians as well as performances for regional audiences. In South-East Queensland, the UQ Singers have worked extensively with local orchestras and performed in many venues. The Bachelor of Music (Honours) program develops skilled performers in all areas of vocal technique and offers opportunities to perform varied vocal literature. Under the tutelage of Dr Shaun Brown, Sarah Crane, and Gregory Massingham, students develop the full array of tools required by a professional singer for public performances through studio lessons, workshops, recitals, opera excerpts and our ever-broadening concert program. Students achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods. In addition, students participate in workshops and workplace learning opportunities with a diverse field of industry professionals, such as Dane Lam, Narelle French, Johannes Fritzsch, Rosario La Spina, Milijana Nikolic, Bryan Probets, Bradley Daley, Rachelle Durkin, John Antoniou, Joseph Ward OBE, Peter Robinson, and Andrew Collis.

SignWaves Director Patrick Nolan SignWaves, a collective of flautists from The University of Queensland, bring a diverse range of flute repertoire of varying ensemble sizes from solo flute to flute choir to delight a diversity of audiences. The character and textural variation available in this format enhance the possibilities for creative and flexible programming. The group was formed in 2020 and have performed in a variety of venues from cathedral, art gallery, atrium, and outdoor settings to standard concert venues. SignWaves is directed by Patrick Nolan, the School of Music’s flute tutor and Wind and Brass Co-ordinator. They proudly boast their own composer in residence, Monash Lal. Monash is currently completing his Master of Music at UQ. In 2022 the group intend to record a range of his works along with other flute ensemble works by Australian composers.

“Music can impact on all aspects of a students development... enhancing the quality of their lives...” Grace Rackemann, Bachelor of Music (Honours) student

Pulse Chamber Orchestra Directors A/Prof Adam Chalabi Mr Patrick Murphy The Pulse Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of selected School of Music string students directed by Associate Professor Adam Chalabi and Patrick Murphy. The orchestra performs unconducted, each member contributing to the artistic vision of the works. Pulse’s eclectic repertoire ranges from masterworks of the string orchestra and string quartet genre, to transcriptions of Bartok’s Mikrokosmos and works of contemporary and past Australian composers. Pulse also collaborates frequently with choirs and vocalists, most notably in with The Choir of Temple Church in 2017, in performing liturgical repertoire including works of Bruckner, Rutter, CPE Bach, J.S. Bach and Benjamin Britten.w

Sketch Director Dr Robert Davidson Sketch ensemble features oboe, trumpet, trombone, string quartet, piano and double bass. It was formed in 2021, and has a focus on creating new works by its members. Since forming, the ensemble has given many premieres of music composed by its members, along with new arrangements of Japanese animation and game music, innovative work with Marike van Dijk involving dynamic, animated music notation, and music focused on responses to and interpretations of specific natural environments. Sketch is directed by Robert Davidson, using insights from his 25 years as artistic director of the award-winning ensemble Topology.

Viney-Grinberg Duo Ensemble in Residence “As Australia’s only piano duo actively commissioning and recording new works, Viney and Grinberg are making a valuable and prolific contribution to the development of new repertoire for two pianos.” Lisa Mackinney, Limelight Magazine Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg enjoy an international performance profile as a piano duo, involving festivals, major series, live radio broadcasts, orchestras, and CD releases on Naxos, ABC Classics and Tall Poppies. Described as “barnstorming” (The Australian) and “unforgettable - sure to be Best of the Year – the most compelling case for the beauty and variety of two piano repertory this reviewer has ever heard” (Rick Schultz, Los Angeles Times), the duo is committed to exploring classics of the two-piano and four hand repertoire, but also contributes to the ongoing expansion of that literature through commissioning composers. Viney and Grinberg’s innovative and creative approach has resulted in collaborations with composers, artists, dancers, choreographers and other established performing ensembles - as well as book chapters, articles and scholarly seminars and presentations. The Duo spent a decade in the United States, including five years at California Institute of the Arts, before taking up their current positions as Ensemble-in-Residence at The University of Queensland, Australia. Professor Viney is Head of the School of Music at UQ, and Dr Anna Grinberg is Head of Piano.

Dots+Loops Affiliate Ensemble Dots+Loops is Australia’s post-genre music and arts series, inclusively exploring the spaces in between a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig, and an experimental art show. We take exciting, adventurous and thoughtprovoking live art of all kinds, and present it in relaxed, accessible urban spaces. Combined with a passion for community, social equity, and quality over quantity, our shows culminate in a unique performance experience, which has been consistently applauded by critics, audiences and performers alike. Since forming in early 2014, we’ve put on over twenty critically acclaimed concert experiences. These past shows have featured Australian and world premieres of music by Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Kate Moore and Chris Perren; collaborations with internationally recognised, award-winning artists such as David T. Little, Bec Plexus, Ashley Bathgate, Todd Reynolds and Ken Thomson; and immersive visual art from Team Animal Spirits, Connor D’Netto, Ingrid Bartkowiak and Slato. Through the arts Dots+Loops aims to build social networks and address social and artistic inequity. To do so, Dots+Loops curates and presents postgenre arts events that explore and synthesise diverse genres and disciplines. They strive for engaging, adventurous and thought-provoking art making. We focus on creating spaces for social gathering, discourse and connection through everything we do. Our values of community, inclusivity and accessibility are at the very heart of all our actions and output. dotsandloops.com.au

“[Dots+Loops] Feedback offered a sublime balance of artistic innovation and inviting, engaging audience experiences. If one were ever pressed to showcase the unique charm and potential of Brisbane’s creative community in one event, Feedback would do nicely.” MJ O’Neill, Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

Nonsemble Affiliate Ensemble Nonsemble inhabit a space between contemporary classical and adventurous pop music, resulting in a diverse output that ranges from sprawling and evocative modern compositions to meticulously crafted chamber-pop. Since forming in 2012, they’ve released two critically acclaimed albums and an EP, played alongside Sigur Ros and Beck at Harvest Festival, were invited to play and talk at TEDxBrisbane, and have toured across Australia, featuring performances at Tasmania’s MONA and Sydney’s City Recital Hall. A septet consisting of piano, string quartet, drums and guitar (plus the occasional blast of electronics), the group’s musical backgrounds are as varied as their output: classically trained instrumentalists, seasoned rock players, and electronic tinkerers, whose musical interests range from obscure electronica and instrumental math-rock to early baroque music. This unique setup and blend of influences provides for a wide palette of sounds. Olafur Arnalds-esque lushness meets Joanna Newsom jubilance, while the shimmering brightness of minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and John Adams rubs shoulders with the intensity of Godspeed You Black Emperor or 65daysofstatic. Nonsemble have a penchant for the rhythmically complex, but theirs is a music where the heart always wins—often in spite of heavy doses of heady conceptualism. Over two albums and and two EPs, they’ve earned a reputation for meticulously unified, yet viscerally compelling long-form work. Debut LP “Practical Mechanics”, released on lofly records in 2012, distilled mid-

century techno-optimism into a largescale composition across 5 intricate movements. Their sophomore “Go Seigen vs. Fujisawa Kuranosuke” was released in 2015 on London label bigo & twigetti—a 30-minute work constructed from patterns of moves from a 1953 game of Go, the album was hailed as “a monumental contemporary classic” by CutCommon. 2016’s Spaceship Earth EP, also on bigo & twigetti, saw the group side-step into the pop-song format, with five songs inspired by the failed modernism of the 20th century. Boasting guest vocals from prominent voices in Australia’s indie rock scene, the EP was described as “some of the most immediate and inviting indie-pop I’ve heard this year” by 4ZZZ’s Chris Cobcroft. Their most recent release, 2017’s “CULTS”, had the band celebrate their most loved reworkings of Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens and more. This year, the group plan to make up for lost stage-time with a season of live shows. As well as their classic and much-loved 7-piece mode, the members of Nonsemble are exploring a more electronically-driven 5-piece formation. They look forward to showcasing new and original material for both as they head into a busy and creative 2021. nonsemble.wordpress.com

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