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Opera: Baritone Morgan Pearse in Octavia
22, 25 and 26 August 2017, 8:00 pm, Innsbruck
Australian Baritone Morgan Pearse from Sydney is set to play Emperor Nero in Reinhard Keiser‘s baroque opera The Roman Unrest, or The Noble-Minded Octavia as part of the 41st Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Based in the UK, Morgan Pearse has worked on some of the world's renowned operatic stages including performing Rossini's Barber of Seville and Mozart's Don Giovanni. Since 1976, the Innsbruck Early Music Festival has drawn fans of early music to attend performances in Innsbruck’s various concert venues.
Innenhof der Theologischen Fakultät (Courtyard of the Faculty of Theology)
Tickets are available here.
Exhibition: The Australindopak Archive by Michal Glikson
Opening on 6 September with exhibition running until 7 October 2017, Vienna
Australian artist Michal Glikson has been exploring peripatetic art practice with a focus on painting as a means of negotiating cross-cultural experience and the uncertainty of transitional life since 2006. The Australindopak Archive is a series of scroll paintings that chronicle the artist’s immersive journeys in Australia, India and Pakistan between 2012 and 2015. The paintings offer her lived experiences of peripatetic life and rich encounters with “extra/ordinary” people. Her scrolls have been exhibited in many international locations including Paris, London, and Dubai.
Opening: Wednesday, 6 September
Exhibition: 7 September - 7 October
Turs - Fri: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Concerts: Earth Plays and Klangspuren Lautstärker Workshop by Cathy Milliken
7 September 2017, Schwaz, Austria - Earth Plays
15 September 2017, Innsbruck - Klangspuren Lautstärker
Australian mezzo-soprano Jessica Aszodi will be performing the award-winning Earth Plays vocal orchestral work by Australian composer Cathy Milliken at the opening of the Klangspuren Schwaz New Music Festival on 7 September. Commissioned by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the four movements of the orchestral work are a tribute to places where sounds, music and words can be imagined to have left acoustic imprints throughout time - from an ancient Greek theatre to New York's Radio City Music Hall. The piece has won the Art Music Awards prize for Best Orchestral Composition at Adelaide Festival in 2016.
In August, as a lead-up to the Festival in September, Cathy Milliken will be directing the Klangspuren Lautstärker (Soundtracks Louder) composition workshop for young talented musicians in Imsterberg. The final composition of the workshop will be performed at the end of the workshop, on 17 August at the Laurentiuskirche am Bergl in Imst , as well as at the Klangenspuren Festival on 15 September in Innsbruck.
Cathy Milliken is an internationally recognised creative director and composer. She is a founding member of the renowned group for contemporary music, Ensemble Modern Germany, and has worked with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Frank Zappa, György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Klangspuren Schwaz Tirol New Music Festival has been dedicated to providing a professional platform for contemporary music and its young pioneers since 1994, and takes place on an annual basis. It is the most important festival for new music in Western Austria.
Thursday, 7 September, 8:00 pm
Silbersaal im SZentrum
6130 Schwaz, Austria
Friday, 15 September, 6:00 pm
Treibhaus, Roter Salon
Exhibition: Artist Jenny Watson Other Lives
Ongoing until 9 September 2017, Vienna
Works by internationally renowned Australian artist Jenny Watson will be on display in Vienna from June through to September 2017. Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann will exhibit paintings and text panel works by Watson alongside works from Viennese artist collective K.U.SCH Renate Krätschmer und Sito Schwarzenberger which examine the relationships between art, text, and lettering or symbols.
Watson is a prominent artist who has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, including exhibiting at the Biennale in Venice in 1993. The Australia-based artist incorporates a number of stylistic approaches in her works – combining painting, language and text and a range of different materials and fabrics, such as velvet and collaged elements. Using simple components – unprimed textiles, figures left in aesthetic rudiments, and hand-written short texts –, Watson creates complex stories from her figurative images, which offer autobiographical insights as well as feminist and social critique.
For further information, please refer here.
Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann
Performance: Elisabeth Kelvin and Lorelei Dowling
10 September 2017, 8:00 pm, Vienna
Australians Elisabeth Kelvin and Lorelei Dowling have teamed up to take their audience on what has been described as a “fantasy voyage through time and fusion” or “composed, improvised music for bass clarinet, saxophone and bassoon and life art performance”. Elisabeth Kelvin is a multi-disciplinary arts practitioner, who currently resides in Vienna. In her work she explores correspondences between contemporary music, modern choreography and abstract art. Her musical practice centres around woodwind instruments as well as original compositions. Lorelei Dowling (bassoon) has been a member of the acclaimed Klangforum Vienna ensemble for many years.
For more information about Elisabeth’s work see here.
Exhibition: Patricia Piccinini and Del Kathryn Barton at Terra Incognita
Opening on 14 September with exhibition running until 28 October 2017, Vienna
Two prominent contemporary Australian artists, Patricia Piccinini and Del Kathryn Barton, will feature in the exhibition aTerra Incognita in Vienna. Curated by one of the leading experts in contemporary Southeast Asian and Australian Art, Matthias Arndt, the exhibition aims to explore the liaison of language and art, the moment of the narrative, and the importance of symbols for contemporary art. Indonesian, Filipino, Pakistani and Cambodian artists will exhibit side by side with Australia’s artists.
Patricia Piccinini works across a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, video, and digital prints. In 2014 she won the Artist Award from the Melbourne Art Foundation’s Awards for the Visual Arts. Her startling pieces of work examine the connections between science and nature, art and the environment. Her equally acclaimed colleague Del Kathryn Barton is known for her vibrant and figurative imagery and her combination of traditional painting techniques with illustrative styles. In 2008 and 2013 she won the Archibald Prize for portraiture.
For further information, please refer here.
Opening: Thursday, 14 September
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Exhibition: 15 September – 28 October
Wed – Sat 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Photography: Lachlan LOX Blair: Wachaufspüren
Opening on 15 September 2017 with exhibition running until 31 October 2017, Weißenkirchen
In his current exhibition, Australian photographic artist Lachlan Blair displays a cross-section of 15 years of photography in the Wachau and seeks to provide unusual insights and perspectives into the Danube’s cultural and historical landscape of the Wachau region. Lachlan Blair was born in Canberra in 1967 and has lived and worked in Vienna and Lower Austria since 2000 with exhibitions both in Australia and Austria. He engages complicated historical processes such as Camera Obscura and photogram, but also analogue and digital photography to produce his works.
For more information about Lachlan Blair and this exhibition see here. http://www.loxpix.com/
Gallery in the Teisenhoferhof
3610 Weißenkirchen in der Wachau
Opening: Friday, 15 September
6:00pm. – 9:00pm.
Exhibition: 16 September– 31 October
Daily but not on Mondays from 10:00am – 12:00am, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm