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Innovative Concert Pairs Internationally Famous Composers and Science Fiction Writers

Four AIM lecturers in composition, have joined forces with an international collection of award-winning writers, composers, performers and a visual artist to produce a unique concert of science fiction and fantasy stories set to music.

AIM Academic Studies lecturer Laura E. Goodin is co-producing the concert with Houston Dunleavy, and has written one of the stories.  “We aimed to put together a performance that would dazzle the audience with utterly new stories and sounds,” she says.  “It’s been hugely exciting to work with such innovative artists – there are surprises, laughs, heartbreak, and stunning beauty from start to finish.”
The composers, including Dunleavy and AIM lecturers Joe Dolce, Joe Giovinazzo, Gary Butler, and Andrew Batterham, were each paired with a writer to jointly produce the works.  The writers include New York Times-bestselling author Sean Williams, as well as World Fantasy Award winner Robert Shearman, Nebula winner Jack Dann, and other widely published authors.

Monash University’s Peter Sheridan with some of the flutes featured in The Cabinet of Oddities.  Photo credit:  Lucia Ondrusova.
Monash University’s Peter Sheridan with some of the flutes featured in The Cabinet of Oddities.  
Photo credit:  Lucia Ondrusova.

The concert, which will be performed on 23 and 24 September as part of the Melbourne Fringe, will involve a range of flutes from piccolo to contrabass flute, a relatively new instrument that is rapidly gaining attention from performers, composers, and audiences.  The instruments will be played by an ensemble led by Monash University’s Peter Sheridan, one of the world’s leading performers on low flutes. The concert will also include artwork by award-winning artist Kathleen Jennings.
The Cabinet of Oddities will be performed at 8 p.m. on 23 September and 2:30 p.m. on 24 September at the Peter Calvo Auditorium, Australian Institute of Music, 120 King Street, Melbourne.  Tickets cost $30 full/$20 concession, and are available at http://melbournefringe.com.au or by phoning (03) 9660 9666.


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