Musical tales of Sydney life, the Murray and gun violence

The women composers premiering six works at New Perspectives, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

How might music describe Sydney’s urban landscape, the banks of the Murray River, or a public response to gun violence? The Sydney Conservatorium of Music presents a unique perspective of these poignant topics in a concert premiering six new works composed by women.

Under the batton of international wind conductor Dr John Lynchthe Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony presents New Perspectives, showcasing the work of a group of flourishing Australian and international composers.

“The concert is a showcase of women composers from Australia and beyond. The canon of classical composers, reflected in arts programming around the world, tends to be white male centric. Things are improving and awareness of the rich diversity in music is very gradually starting to find its way into the concert hall,” said Dr Lynch.

“We hope the music may continue to bring to light pressing topics such as gun violence, and unite people in a peaceful way as they perhaps reflect on the recent tragedy in Las Vegas,” said Dr Lynch.

Evocative work by Jodie Blackshaw (Twist, unravelling the beautiful Murray River), Victoria Pham (A meeting of Cars and Aeroplanes, portraying the Sydney urban landscape) and Jennifer Jolley (The Eyes of the World Are Upon You, dealing with gun violence and mass shootings), will be performed along with Roshanne Etezady’s epic work AnahitaKirsten Milenko’s Symphony d’aere and Kathryn Salfelder’s fanfare Prospect Hill.

As a prelude to the all-women composers concert, a panel discussion will address current challenges for women in music and the arts. The Con’s Associate Professor Jeanell Carrigan will lead the discussion with guest composer Jodie Blackshaw and Con alumni, musicians and researchers Sarah Butler and Dr Helen Mitchell.

 New Perspectives with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony
When: Thursday 26 October, 6.30pm (opening with the panel discussion, followed by the concert)
Where: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Verbrugghen Hall
Adult $25, Concession/student $15