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All is quiet at the ANAM front (desk) with students on break (although some are around practicing/socializing), and it feels like a good time to look back at what has happened in these first months of 2012.

The season was launched like musical fireworks with a full house at our opening concert. Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro was our first special guest, leading the ANAM Orchestra (students and faculty) and soloists from Young Voices of Melbourne to Ravel, Messiaen, Marais and the Melbourne premiere of Dutilleux’ haunting work The Shadows of Time.

Then, the conversation spark  started with In Conversation With: Paul Dean, ANAM artistic director and renowned clarinetist, followed by Tony Gould, pianist, composer and educator.

Then, Brisbane boy Dale Barltrop, presently concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, closed our first term with his glowing presence. Dale played a Sound Bite, had a long heart-felt conversation with our students and audience, opened the door to a rehearsal for our ANAMates to get a sneak peak of the first Director’s Choice concert: Dale Barltrop Directs. The concert was a perfect and very enjoyable ending for the first term of very intense work for ANAM students.

We hope you are enjoying your holidays wherever you are and come back with recharged energy for the second term of 2012, that will receive oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk and harpist Isabelle Perrin for masterclasses. Also, be prepared for the unexpected at The Art of Improvisation week, with gigs and talks from special guests such as Three Lanes… and much more!

 

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