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Rites of Passage: a Celebration Concert


Wed 29 May 2013, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Robert Blackwood Hall - Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Celebrating to the very day - 29 May 1913 - the notorious premiere in Paris of Igor Stravinksy’s ground breaking orchestral masterwork The Rite of Spring.

Monash Academy of Performing Arts presents:
Rites of Passage – a celebration concert
Tamil Rogeon, Daltron, Galapagoose and the Monash Academy Orchestra Conducted by Fabian Russell

To mark this occasion, Monash Academy of Performing Arts presents the world premiere of Melbourne composer Tamil Rogeon’s La Danse de Jean-Francois, inspired by Stravinsky’s own composition; the Sinfonia da Requiem of Benjamin Britten, with 2013 being the centenary of his birth; and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

On 29 May 1913 the world of 20th century music changed forever with the premiere of The Rite of Spring. Written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. On that first night at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a near-riot in the audience.

Continuing the theme of premieres comes the work of Melbourne violinist, music producer, and composer Tamil Rogeon’s, La Danse de Jean-Francois.

Engaging the spirit of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Tamil’s work merges electronic music with the orchestral familiar. Embracing the high energy of modern urban music, La Danse de Jean-Francois excites a musical riot with ultra-modern sounds, big beats and orchestral tradition. Like The Rite of Spring, it is also a dance work and very much a modern homage to Stravinsky. Monash Academy Orchestra will be accompanied by Daltron (Connor Dalton), and Galapagoose (Trent Gill), both leading artists from the Australian electronic music scene.

Says Tamil Rogeon “The combined electronic orchestra aims to realise a new world of musical possibilities, facilitating the complex blending of sounds, composite timbres and unexpected textures.”

Monash Academy Orchestra, under the direction of Fabian Russell, is one of the finest student based mentoring orchestral ensembles in the country. The orchestra comprises students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and the wider Monash University campus. An important feature of its work is the engagement of some of Melbourne's top professional players to tutor and mentor the students.

In a career spanning over twenty-five years Fabian Russell has established a significant reputation as a conductor, orchestral musician, artistic director, soloist and teacher. In 2013 he will make appearances at the Australian International Summer Orchestra Institute, conduct Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Conductor in Residence at the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and will make his opera debut with Victorian Opera conducting John Adams Nixon in China in June.

- Tamil Rogeon La danse de Jean-Francois (world premiere)
- Britten Sinfonia da Requiem Op.20
- Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Fabian Russell conductor
Monash Academy Orchestra
Tamil Rogeon, Daltron and Galapagoose

Event Details
Rites of Passage - a celebration concert
Wednesday 29 May @ 7:30pm

Advance booking is recommended. Tickets available now - bookings and enquiries 03 9905 1111