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Someof the finest melodies, tunes and
voices will spill out of the capital’s
most famous landmarks and into the
ears of anyone willing to listen.
During the upcoming 17th annual
Canberra International Musical Festival, 34
concerts over 11 days will be held in venues
The importance of this year’s theme,
Canberra City of Music, relates to the
celebration of the centenary of Walter
Burley Griffin’s original 1911 design for
It is also commemorating the 100th
anniversary of the creation of the ACT.
Festival director Chris Latham is bubbling
with excitement in the lead up to this year’s
event, which will be the first part of a three-
year-long Griffin celebration.
“This first year, we are focusing on the
centre of the city, next year we will be
looking at Canberra as an international
city and in 2013 we will be talking about
Canberra as a whole,” Mr Latham said.
Walter Burley Griffin was a remarkable
man and a remarkable architect who was
trying to design an ideal city in his concepts
“The city of Canberra is all about
triangles that are joined by the peaks of the
major hills around the city; Black Mountain,
Mount Ainslie and Red Hill,” Mr Latham
“The festival is essentially moving
through these different places so concerts
will actually be performed on the top of the
Mr Latham is also focused on musicians
creating “very beautiful” music that makes
everyone sigh with delight.
Singing will be the main form of
performance and there will also be a wide
collection of string quartets, percussion
ensembles and pianists.
A recurring theme of this year’s event will
be the music of Austrian composer Franz
Schubert who, in Mr Latham’s educated
opinion, was a perfect composer.
Schubert wrote his most famous pieces in
the last few years of his life before dying at
the age of 32.
“There is a sense that Schubert created
his work, wore himself out in the process,
but in the end became immortal in a sense
because he lives forever through his pieces,”
Mr Latham said.
In a similar way, the magnificent city of
Canberra will forever stand as a legacy to
Burley Griffin; his very own perfect piece.
One of the performers at this year’s
festival will be the artistic director of
Synergy Persuasion, Timothy Constable.
Mr Constable, who is a percussionist,
a singer-songwriter and a composer,
previously performed in Canberra in 2009.
This year he will be playing in at least six
different venues across Canberra including
Albert Hall, Fitters Workshop, Llewellyn
Hall and the High Court.
“Percussion has a very long history in all
musical cultures and it is fun to unite the
new and the ancient,” Mr Constable said.
Mr Constable also said that music had a
way of inspiring and touching his art and
while he loves all forms of art, music is the
quickest way to bring a tear to the eye or a
spring to the step.
For Mr Latham meanwhile, music is
nothing less than the very essence of life
and there is rarely a time when music is not
swirling around his home.
“I don’t know anything else that is as good
as music,” he said.
“When people say that you have a
soundtrack to your life, well, I believe we all
Canberra International Music
Where: Various locations around
When: May 11- 21, 2011
Cost: To be advised
Phone: 6230 5880
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