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2014 Festival
 2014 Festival

30 APRIL - 3 MAY



Experience the explosive power and transporting mysticism of Australian music.

In this opening concert, Aurora Festival is bringing together some of Australia’s finest composers and performers, including Australian saxophonist, Jim Nightingale, internationally renowned didgeridoo player, Mark Atkins, along with members of The NOISE and Ensemble Offspring. The concert will feature the World Premiere of ‘Voyage through radiant stars’ by acclaimed Australian composer, Brian Howard.
This will be an unforgettable concert.

FEATURING: Jim Nightingale, Mark Atkins, Roland Peelman, Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble, Daryl Pratt, Claire Edwardes, Ensemble Offspring, The NOISE.

PERFORMING WORKS BY: Brian Howard (WP), Alex Pozniak (WP), The NOISE (WP), Ekrem Mulayim (WP) Xenakis, and more.  
*WP denotes World Premiere

CONCERT CO-PRESENTED BY: Aurora New Music, Riverside Theatres, New Music Network

DATE: 7:30pm, Wednesday 30 April

VENUE: Riverside theatres - Parramatta


TICKETS: Adult $40, Conc. $35, Youth 30&U & F/T Student $25, Child 16&U $20* *Transaction fees may apply

BOOKINGS: 02 8839 3399,



LEADING AUSTRALIAN RECORDER PLAYER ALICIA CROSSLEY and friends present a program of New Australian dance inspired music.

An exciting and special musical experience the entire family will love.

From 4pm, local families and school children will have the opportunity to meet and talk to one of Australia's leading recorder players, Alicia Crossley, along with nationally and internationally renowned collaborators, Melissa Farrow (baroque flute), Ollie Miller (cello) and Mark Atkins (Didgeridoo). The Performers will demonstrate their instruments and answer questions about them for you. 

During the short break, audience members will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and a tour of the Gough Whitlam inspired - 'It's Timely' exhibition.

At 6pm there will be a performance of dance-inspired pieces, including an especially commissioned work by Australian composer Paul Cutlan.


FEATURING: Alicia Crossley (Recorder), Melissa Farrow (Baroque flute), Mark Atkins (Didgeridoo), Paul Cutlan (Composer), Ollie Miller (cello)

PERFORMING WORKS BY: Paul Cultan, Ross Edwards, JS Bach, Ollie Miller, Stephen Yates and more.


DATE: 4pm-7pm, Thursday 1st May (4pm ‘Meet the Artists, 6pm Concert)


VENUE: Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown

TICKETS: $20 Adult, $15 Concession/BAC Friends, Children and young people und FREE 


BOOKINGS: 02 9839 6558,



THE SONG COMPANY feature in a concert celebration of the first musical instrument... the human voice. 


Experience the incredible sounds of Australia's leading vocal ensemble (The Song Company), Estonian 'In Harmony' Choir ('Kooskõlas'), Norwegian folk vocalist (Christine Strandli) and more. And they will all be joining together with singers from the local community in a massed choir ('The Aurora Chorealis'). 


FEATURING: The Song Company, Kooskõlas, Christine Strandli, the Aurora Chorealis, and choral directors Roland Peelman & Rachael Elliott 

PERFORMING WORKS BY: Paul Jarman, Paul Kadak, Kurtag, and more



DATE: 6.30pm, Saturday 3rd May


VENUE: The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 Hight St, Penrith

TICKETS: Joan Member $25, Joan Member Conc. $20, Non-Member $35, Non-member concession $30 *Transaction fees may apply

BOOKINGS: 02 4723 7600,


JOIN IN! - Would you like to

sing as part of Aurora Chorealis?



Then join us for this special day of singing, pop-up performances, living vocal art installations and a glorious final concert.
Participate in workshops on the day, learn two new Australian works & perform in their World Premieres in the evening concert.
Work with The Song Company, their director & SMH Musician of the Year, Roland Peelman, Christine Strandli & voice coach Rachelle Elliott.
Everyone, no matter what level of singing experience, is invited to take part.



DATE: 10.30am, Saturday 3rd May (registration opens 10am)

VENUE: The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 Hight St, Penrith

TICKETS: All day workshop plus concert ticket - $50 *Transaction fees may apply

BOOKINGS: 02 4723 7600,





Campbelltown Arts Centre is proud to present the premiere of The Colour Wheel by Jim Moginie - a new work commissioned by C-A-C -
as part of the 2014 Aurora Festival.


In the early years of the 20th Century there were terrific advances in physics with The Special and General Theories of Relativity
and the advent of Quantum Mechanics, uncovering the very building blocks of matter which totally changed the way in which humans
observed the world. Around the same time, a similar revolution took place in both Music and Art, along with a desire to deconstruct
formality and structure in art and music.


This piece explores the attempts over history to prove the 'connection' between music & colour - examining the art, music,
and theories of Kandinsky, Klee, Schoenberg, & Bowral born artist, Roy De Maistre.


The Colour Wheel will be performed live by Jim Moginie and an ensemble of electric guitar players.



DATE: Saturday 3rd May, 2pm

VENUE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, One Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown


TICKETS: $10 Adults, $8 Concession, $5 Friends of C-A-C


BOOKINGS: 02 4645 4100,