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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CALLING ALL CREATIVE MUSICIANS - $50,000 Prize Money


A NEW CONCERTO COMPETITION TO CELEBRATE MUSICAL VIRTUOSITY AND CREATIVITY

As a celebration of the concerto form (but not as we know it), a new concerto competition with a total prize pool of $50,000 has launched. The International Space-Time Concerto Competition borrows from our rich musical history, embraces the future and promotes the present.

The International Space-Time Concerto competition encourages the involvement of:

§ Budding virtuoso musicians and orchestral players who want to play their favourite concerto or work with composers to perform a new concerto.
§ Unique collaborations and innovative modes of creativity with composers, performers, digital media artists, technology buffs, contemporary musicians, experimental musicians, sound designers and audio engineers working together to produce innovative new works.

The competition includes two categories celebrating both the historical form of the concerto, as well as an innovation category, which will showcase contemporary interpretations of the form.

Entries are welcomed by any undergraduate, postgraduate or international student, or alumni of any Australian tertiary institution, who shares a keen interest in excellent musicianship and cutting edge creativity.

"Any great art work...readapts time and space". Leonard Bernstein

The brainchild of the University of Newcastle, the initiative confirms Australia's identity on the international map as forward thinkers in music.

The competition will culminate in the opportunity for 6 finalists to perform with an accompanying orchestra at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Concert Hall in late 2012. Another two finalists will have the rare opportunity of being accompanied by an international internet-linked ensemble spanning five countries.

The prize money for this competition has been generously sponsored by benefactor Jennie Thomas with further donations from the friends of the University.

Entries for The International Space-Time Concerto Competition will be accepted from April 30 until July 1.

To enter and for additional information, please make your way to  www.spacetimeconcerto.com

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