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CIMF 2017: Half the Sky


CIMF 2017: Half the Sky

  • Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 2pm
  • Venue: National Portrait Gallery — King Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT
  • Series: This event is part of the Canberra International Music Festival 2017 series
  • Tickets: Adult: $57 | Conc.: $52 | U30: $30 | U18: $25 | Student Rush: $25 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 6230 5880

Event Details

Half the Sky

The Sound of the Sexual Revolution

“Women hold up half the sky,” Mao Zedong is reported to have said. Award-winning Ensemble Offspring crashes through the glass ceiling with an all-female composer event, featuring music by this year’s Composer-in-Residence Chen Yi, Kaija Saariaho, Mary Finsterer and others.


Cassie To, Avialae for sextet
Kaija Saariaho, Cendres for flute, cello and piano
Felicity Wilcox, Yurabirong for bass clarinet solo
Amanda Cole, Glocken Blocken for marimba and almglocken
Cathy Milliken, Three Step for horn, violin and cello (AP)
Natacha Diels, Ether for piccolo solo and tape (2005)
Katy Abbott, Re-Echo for cello and vibraphone
Joyce Tang, Remembrance of The Old Stonewall Trees for sheng (2017) (WP)
Margaret Sutherland, Little Suite for flute, clarinet and bassoon (1960)
       Vivace – Tempo di menuetto – Allegro - Molto vivace – Allegro
Chen Yi, Qi for flute, cello, percussion and piano (AP)
Mary Finsterer, Silva for sextet (2012)

Durations: 10' – 9' – 7' – 5' – 10' – 5' – 5' – 9' – 12' – 15'


Claire Edwardes, percussion – Artistic Director
Blair Harris, cello
Zubin Kanga, piano
Lamorna Nightingale, flute
Jason Noble, clarinet
Veronique Serret, violin



Featured non-Australian music: Kaija Saariaho, Natacha Diels, Joyce Tang, Chen Yi

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 6230 5880 or by email to info@cimf.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Glocken blocken : percussion by Amanda Cole
— performed by Claire Edwardes
Little suite (trios: flute, clarinet, bassoon) (1960) by Margaret Sutherland
— performed by Jason Noble, Lamorna Nightingale and Ben Hoadley
People of this Place : bass clarinet solo (2016) by Felicity Wilcox
— performed by Jason Noble
Digital sheet music sample Re-echo : for vibraphone and cello (2015) by Katy Abbott
— performed by Blair Harris and Claire Edwardes
Silva : percussion concerto (2012) by Mary Finsterer
— performed by Ensemble Offspring and Claire Edwardes
Digital sheet music sample Three step : Trio for horn, violin, violoncello (2010) by Cathy Milliken
— performed by Blair Harris, Darryl Poulsen and Veronique Serret
 Avialae by Cassie To

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