The Canberra International Music Festival has achieved a national reputation for presenting an art music program which is both highly innovative and of exceptional quality. While the festival’s early focus was on chamber music and it remains true to its core, its scope has broadened to include classical, jazz, contemporary and world music.
The 2015 Festival program will mark the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Einstein, one of the greatest physicists of all time, was also a fine amateur pianist and violinist and he maintained that music contributed greatly to his imaginative thinking and his understanding of time and space.
Artistic Director Roland Peelman has developed a program which invites us to explore the relationships between music and science, music and mathematics as well as the time and motion equation. The program commences with music from the classical canon and concludes with the work of contemporary composers who offer a fundamentally changed perspective of time. The program features the music of Philip Glass, composer of the opera Einstein on the Beach; and we will be performing concerts in three of Canberra’s notable sites of science, the National Botanic Gardens, the Shine Dome and Mt. Stromlo. Eminent scientists will be invited to give pre-concert talks at these venues.
The CIMF runs from May 1st through to the 10th.