A Celebration of History and Cutting Edge Creativity


Around the World in 80 Milliseconds

Fri 30 Nov

Performers in five global locations simultaneously create one extraordinary event.The Newcastle Conservatorium (Australia) connects with Ars Electronica and Bruckner University (Austria), the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore) and Central Conservatory of Music (China) live in real time. 

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History Meets Innovation

Sun 2 Dec

History and innovation combine to challenge musical tradition and propel the concerto form into the 21st century. Virtuoso performances on piano, trombone and violin (accompanied by a full symphony orchestra) of music from Romantic and 20th Century concertos mix with new compositions involving light sculptures, video projections and jazz improvisation.

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Why Space Time?

The title, The International Space-Time Concerto Competition comes via Leonard Bernstein, the great conductor and composer, who said: “Any great art work … readapts time and space.” Music exists in time and space. Time is the backbone of music, separating one note from the next, and marking the points at which individual sounds are brought together to make the whole. Spaces are crucial too. They might be concert halls, church balconies, the position of stereo speakers in a room, or virtual spaces such as the internet. With today’s technology, music can be performed across multiple spaces at the same time.

In 2009 when the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir won Channel Seven’s Battle of the Choirs competition, our wonderful benefactor, Jennie Thomas, started talking of holding an event of similar impact that would reflect the Conservatorium’s music program, one which promotes the future while cherishing musical tradition. It was decided to hold an innovative International Concerto competition that would also help celebrate the Newcastle Conservatorium’s 60th birthday in 2012...

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