Play On - Series Six
8:00 PM20:00

Play On - Series Six

Thea Rossen + Ad Lib Collective / Sleep D

In a first for Play On, classical percussionist Thea Rossen and her ensemble, the Ad Lib Collective, join forces with Melbourne dance music royalty Sleep D for a world premiere live improvised collaboration.

To begin, Rossen and her group present a program for mixed ensemble specially curated to take advantage of the unique concrete resonance and long natural reverb of the underground car park. Featuring works by Andy Akiho and the breathtaking ‘Ming Qi’ by beloved Melbourne composer Liza Lim, the program is unified by the haunting and fragile ‘Postludes’ for bowed vibraphone by contemporary American composer Elliot Cole.

 Following this program, Sleep D join the group on stage for a 15-minute live improvised collaboration before taking over and going on a deep electronic journey, performing a 1.5hr dance set using sounds and ideas developed in and departed from the collaboration.

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to Feb 2

Homophonic @ Midsumma Festival


A night of fabulous new classical music by LGBTIQ composers.

Homophonic! is back for it’s 8th fabulous year. Come join us at La Mama Courthouse for an evening of new classical music by queer composers. Celebrating Sapphic symphonists, homosexual harmonies, and the long and proud tradition of composers being as gay as the day is long.

Classical music has a rich heritage of LGBTQ+ composers and performers, and Homophonic! is celebrating their legacy in style by performing outlandishly fabulous new music! Featuring: Life Story by Thomas Adès, with Judith Dodsworth, Soprano. Neon by Tansy Davies, and I Cannot Attain Unto It by Nico Muhly alongside new works by Australian composers Peter Wilson, Naima Fine, and Louisa Trewartha; in an exciting and diverse program that brings the disco ball to the concert hall!

3 Shades Black: Jacob Abela, Merewyn Bramble, Emily Clarke, Natasha Conrau, Judith Dodsworth, Laila Engle, Phoebe Green, Karen Heath, Robin Henry, Miranda Hill, Matthew Horsely, Zachary Johnston, Jennifer Mills, Katherine Philp, Thea Rossen.
Consort of Melbourne: Directed by Steven Hodgson. Leonie Thomson, Kristy Biber, Jenny George, Christopher Roache, Ben Owen.

Directed and presented by Miranda Hill.

Homophonic! is supported by the Victorian Government through City of Melbourne and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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6:00 PM18:00

Music For Our Changing Climate

An immersive performance experience designed and performed by the Ad Lib Collective that asks the listener to consider what climate change sounds and feels like.

Recently workshopped on a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, the program features a collaboration with the Penny Quartet in a brand new work for soprano, strings and percussion and is framed by an ice installation that permeates the performance.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre

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8:00 PM20:00

Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony - AWO and ANAM with Simone Young

The performance will be the culmination of a unique artistic collaboration between the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) and ANAM where Australia’s next generation of musical talent are mentored by Australia’s finest musicians from both home and abroad. For this one time only spectacular performance, Australian conductor and ANAM audience favourite, Simone Young AM, leads AWO and ANAM in Messiaen’s mammoth Turangalîla-Symphonie.

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6:00 PM18:00

Inventi Ensemble at the Athenaeum Library

Join members of the Inventi Ensemble in a performance of a newly arranged chamber version of the Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens. 

Ben Opie (oboe), Melissa Doecke (flute), Paul Zabrowarny (cello), Jenny Khafagi (violin), Thea Rossen (percussion). 

Bookings essential on 9650 3100 or

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WA Day of Percussion 2017
10:00 AM10:00

WA Day of Percussion 2017

Join Thea Rossen and Hamish Upton from the Ad Lib Collective as they present a lecture recital on the duos and solos of Steve Reich. The pair will present Nagoya Marimbas, Clapping Music for one player and a new version of Electric Counterpoint, while discussing the context of the pieces and their methods for approaching the works.

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7:30 PM19:30

Cosmic Mechanics

Cosmic Mechanics is a celestial reflection on the eternal recurrence of time and cyclical nature of life. Conceived as a five-hour long performance event beginning at dusk on the load of the iconic South Melbourne Town Hall building, Cosmic Mechanics is a curated, multimedia work that presents the four books of George Crumb’s visionary and ground-breaking Makrokosmos in a unique and imaginative way. Directed by internationally-acclaimed virtuoso pianist Sonya Lifschitz and supported by the Australian National Academy of Music, this site-specific event brings together music, lighting design, improvisation, and experience design to amplify the mystical, otherworldly quality of Crumb’s music, and to illuminate the South Melbourne Town Hall, and its unique position in Melbourne’s cultural landscape, into vivid pulsing life. 

BOOK I Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac
BOOK II Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac
BOOK III Music for the Summer Evening
BOOK IV Celestial Mechanics

Percussion - Thea Rossen, Hamish Upton

Piano - Sonya Lifschitz, Tim Young, Alex Ranieri, Alex Waite, Adam McMillan, Andrew Leathwick

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to Oct 9

Ballet Mecanique

Rhythm, rhythm, and more rhythm! George Antheil’s Ballet mécanique for 16 player pianos, airplane propellor and gigantic percussion section started a riot at its Paris premiere in 1925. He later revised the scoring so that audiences could discover the wonderful music behind the novel façade. Sharing the stage is that other great Paris riot, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, heard in a sensational new arrangement by Timothy Young. Justine Anderson sings Ginastera’s magical evocation of ancient central America.

GINASTERA Cantata para América Mágica op. 27
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring (arr. Young for two pianos and percussion)
ANTHEIL Ballet Mécanique (1923-25 version)

For tickets and more information click here

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6:00 PM18:00

Sounds of the Reef Music for our Changing Planet

Australian National Academy of Music - 210 Bank Street - South Melbourne 

Thea's final recital at ANAM features 3 new commissions that capture the science, politics and emotion of climate change and it's effects on the planet and humanity.

"The works will bring a new understanding to the audience about the scientific, political and social challenges that we face as our planet begins to change forever with rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns. The message will be one of urgency, hope and positive change rather than fear and desperation. This is the greatest challenge the human race has ever faced and we can only tackle it together with a common understanding of the facts and what we stand to lose." - Thea Rossen  


Below This Line - Nate May (World Premier)

The Settled Science - Tim Newhouse (World Premier)

Sounds of the Reef - Thea Rossen (World Premier)

Dmaathen - Iannis Xenakis

To the Earth - Frederick Rzewski

Tickets are $5 at the door.


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3:30 PM15:30

Elision at BIFEM

To celebrate Liza Lim’s 50th birthday and as part of their 30-year anniversary, ELISION teams up once again with students from the Australian National Academy of Music to present Machine for contacting the dead for 27 musicians. Inspired by Chinese archaeological treasures excavated from the 433 BCE tomb of the Marquis Yi of Zheng, Machine for contacting the dead is a seminal work by an Australian composer of unparalleled international reach and gravitas. Originally commissioned by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and premiered in Paris in 2000, the well-overdue Victorian début of this piece will be exclusive to 2016 BIFEM.

The Capital
50 View St
BENDIGO Victoria

For Tickets and more information about the festival.



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6:00 PM18:00

East to West - Inventi at MRC

Thea Rossen, Peter Neville and Marshall McGuire join Inventi Ensemble Ben Opie and Melissa Doecke for a performance of works combining the traditions from the east with western classical music.

Melbourne Recital Centre - The Salon - Local Heroes Series 


Toru Takemitsu - Eucalypts No.2 / Tan Dun - In Distance / Iannis Xenakis - Dmaathen / Morton Feldman - Instruments III

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to Jul 24

Australian Percussion Gathering

Thursday 21st July 9:30am - Thea Rossen - Lecture Recital - Theatre and Vocalisation in Percussion featuring performance of excerpts from the Earth Only Endures - Jerome Kitzke

Friday 22nd July 1:45pm - Performance of Mallet Quartet by ANAM percussion quartet - James Townsend, Hamish Upton, Thea Rossen and Peter Neville

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6:00 PM18:00

Australian Voices - Damien Ricketson

ANAM Musicians, led by Ensemble Offspring Artistic Director and percussionist Claire Edwardes, perform works by Damien Ricketson and his mentors Louis Andreissen and Bozidar Kos.

ANDRIESSEN Klokken voor Haarlem
RICKETSON Not by Halves  
KOZ Fatamorgana
RICKETSON Heaven Only Empty


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6:00 PM18:00

Bloom -Thea Rossen Percussion Recital

Last year I spent an incredible 2 weeks studying with So Percussion at Princeton University in the US. The camp featured collaborations with composers, choreographers, dancers and directors. We worked intensively on works that blurred the lines between theatre, dance and music and presented 11 concerts in the space of a fortnight. 

This recital presents some of the composers and works I discovered there. 

Bloom Suite for Marimba - Elliot Cooper Cole
Ursonate - Kurt Schwitters
Vicious Children - Wally Gunn
Clapping Music (for 1) - Steve Reich
Postludes for Vibraphone - Elliot Cooper Cole

I will be joined by the all star cast Hamish Upton, Matthew Horsley, Zela Papageorgio, Jonathan Griffiths, Kaylie Melville, James Townsend. 

Entry is $5 at the door.

Photo Credit: Pia Johnson

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5:00 PM17:00

Theatre and Gesture in Percussion

Thea Rossen brings some of the most exciting and diverse repertoire she has performed in her time at ANAM to the Callaway Auditorium at the University of Western Australia. 

Program includes The Earth Only Endures by Jerome Kitzke and Aphasia by Mark Applebaum.

Tickets are free and seating is unreserved so come early to secure a seat.

For more information please see the UWA School of Music website

or contact Thea at

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2:40 AM02:40

Ad Lib at White Night

St Paul’s Cathedral – Flinders Ln and Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

2:40 – 3:10 Ad Lib with Tim Overton on Baritone Saxophone

Funk, Tango and Bach in the beautiful St Paul’s cathedral

Presented by Classical Revolution

For more information, including a full set list follow the link below


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8:00 PM20:00

Water Recital

Reflections on the Nature of Water, Movement I, II, IV - Jacob Druckman

The Drowning Dream - Iain Grandage

Water Concerto - Tan Dun - Arranged for piano, clarinet, cello, double bass and percussion

With Leigh Harrold, Justin Beere, James Townsend, Jovan Pantelich and Kinga Janiszewski.

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