Festival time in full swing at the Uni of Adelaide
Friday, 19 February 2010
The University of Adelaide is once again making a major contribution to Adelaide's festival month with a variety of events to be performed at the University's North Terrace Campus.
Staff, students, graduates and volunteers are playing key roles in helping ensure South Australia lives up to its reputation as the Festival State. University venues are also being used for rehearsals, including the choral component of Mahler 8 - Symphony of a Thousand.
University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor McWha said the University was proud to be able to support the festivals in such a significant way.
"There are numerous ways the University of Adelaide encourages arts on campus for its students, staff and the community of Adelaide," Professor McWha says. "Adelaide's festival season is a wonderful showcase for our thriving tradition of arts on campus."
Events over the month include:
The Sapphires: Through the hot hits of Motown, The Sapphires traces the ups and downs of showbiz and family, following four wide-eyed girls on their journey of discovery from Melbourne to the Mekong in the swinging sixties. In the University's Scott Theatre for 20 performances throughout 25 February-14 March.
Northern Lights: The University's Mitchell Building, Elder Hall and Bonython Hall will be among the city's historic architectural icons on North Terrace painted with light. From dusk until 1.00am, 26 February-5 April.
Writers' Week (daily from 28 February to 5 March from 9.30am): This year's Writers' Week is dedicated to author Thomas Shapcott, who was the inaugural Chair of the University of Adelaide's Creative Writing program. The week features a dedication to Shapcott and includes launches of two of his books. Current University of Adelaide staff feature prominently in the Week, with the Head of Creative Writing, Professor Brian Castro, and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Jill Jones taking part in panel discussions. Graduates of the University's Creative Writing program continue to be strongly represented at Writers' Week on panels, through book launches and in award nominations.
TaikOz: Drumming sensation TaikOz will give one performance only during the Adelaide Fringe at the University's Elder Hall on Sunday 21 February.
Dualities: The University's Elder Hall will host a remarkable, dual series of concerts - with one series at Lunchtime and another at Twilight ('Illuminations of the Heart'). Dualities will explore the ancient and new, East and West, darkness and light. Lunchtimes 1-5 March at 1pm and Twilights 3-5 March at 6pm.
WOMADelaide: The University of Adelaide's community radio station, Radio Adelaide (101.5fm) sends out special WOMADelaide broadcasts to community and indigenous radio listeners right round the country, and to online listeners anywhere in the world. For more information go to www.womadelaidelive.com
Flight: The University's Quartet-in-Residence, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ), opens its 2010 season with a performance as part of the official Adelaide Festival program, featuring the superb musicianship of pianist Lucinda Collins. The concert, in Adelaide Town Hall, features works by Haydn, Stanhope and Brahms.
Mahler 8 - Symphony of a Thousand: The Director of the University's Elder Conservatorium of Music, Carl Crossin, is the Chorus Director for this audacious finale to the 50th anniversary Adelaide Festival.
The event features the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, backed by massed choirs from across Australia, plus eight international soloists.
The University of Adelaide's Elder Hall has played an all-important role as a rehearsal space for the choirs involved in this major musical event. On at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 13 March.
Radio Adelaide - The Big F: The Big F is Radio Adelaide's major contribution to festival time in Adelaide,
this year with more than 50 hours of dedicated coverage of the Adelaide Festival, Fringe, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Writers' Week, WOMAD and Future Music Festival. The Big F takes over the airwaves from 15 February-6 March on: Breakfast with Peter Godfrey (8.40am weekdays); The Range (4.00pm-5.30pm weekdays); and Arts Breakfast (9.00am-11.00am Saturdays). For more information visit: www.radio.adelaide.edu.au
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