Canberra Sinfonia – Apcar’s Holland

Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
5pm, Sunday 19 June 2022
Featuring contemporary music specialist, pianist Ronan Apcar

The Canberra Sinfonia presents two world premieres and one Australian premiere at their next performance, Apcar’s Holland.

Lenny Weiss talks to Barbie about Apcar’s Holland

The concert opens with the Australian premiere of The Light that Breaks Through, written by Chinese-American composer Bobby Ge. For solo piano and strings, this piece is a meditation on nature.

The Canberra Sinfonia will also present the concert world premiere of Christopher Gordon’s June Again. A veteran composer for film and concert hall, Gordon wrote music for classics such as Mao’s Last Dancer, Master and Commander and Ladies in Black.

Dulcie Holland was one of Australia’s foremost composers and educators in the 20th Century, renowned for her long association with the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and her pedagogy and teaching material, which has until recently overshadowed her important composition output002E.

In preparing this performance, the Canberra Sinfonia has received permission to typeset Dulcie Holland’s work and create a new definitive edition of score and parts that they hope will see the work attract greater attention.

Pianist Ronan Apcar was a Young Artist at the 2021 Canberra International Music Festival. He is one of Australia’s foremost experts in Holland’s music and style, – his debut solo album, Dulcie Holland Crescent, was released last year and quickly became one of ABC Classic’s feature albums.