2017 Art Talks

Building on our collaboration with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra we continue our Art Talks Series to give you the chance to hear directly from the artists:

Neil Armfield AO, 
Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival
in-conversation with Vincent Ciccarello,
ASO Managing Director

Thursday 9 February 2017

Podcast available HERE

Hear ASO Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello speak with Adelaide Festival Artistic Directors Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield AO about the ecology of the arts: how orchestras and festivals underpin each other's creative work.

Neil Armfield AO is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s greatest theatre, opera and film makers. He was Artistic Director of Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney from 1994 to 2010. He has directed for all of Australia’s state theatre companies, Opera Australia, The Welsh National Opera, The Bregenz Festival in Austria, Zurich Opera, Canadian Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, The Lyric Opera in Chicago and the Royal Opera House, London. He was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the arts, nationally and internationally.

Adelaide Festival  

Press: “It’s About Providing A Canvas For Epic Ambition”: New Adelaide Festival Directors
Press: Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy named Adelaide Festival co-artistic directors

Paul Rissmann, Composer, Pedagogue and Performer

Thursday 25 May 2017

Register here    Allan Scott Auditorium, 6.00pm 

A unique Art talk that will feature Paul Rissmann with other specialists exploring creativity in arts education. Discussion coincides with UNESCO Arts Education Week (May 22 – 27), DreamBIG Children's Festival (18 – 27 May) and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Festival of Learning & Participation. 

Paul Rissmann is a composer, presenter and music educationalist. He currently holds the position of Animateur with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and is Children’s Composer in Residence for Music in the Round.

Paul is passionate about music education. His work in this field has received awards from both the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Royal Television Society. Paul has produced a series of highly interactive works that enable thousands of people to perform as equals with professional musicians. 

As a concert presenter, Paul has performed with many leading orchestras in America, Australia, Europe, India, Malaysia and the Middle East. More

Paul Rissmann, Music in the Round's Children's Composer in Residence
Paul Rissmann talks about Incredible Adventures: A Family Concert for Young Children
Addicts' Symphony: Rhapsody for the Tamed

Geordie Brookman, Artistic Director State Theatre Company

Monday 4 September 2017

 Register here    Bradley Forum, 6.00pm 

In conversation with Nicholas Carter, ASO Principal Conductor

As a prelude to the ASO’s collaboration with State Theatre Company of SA on Romeo and Juliet, ASO Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter and State Theatre Company Artistic Director Geordie Brookman will speak about how to marry the two art forms. 

Geordie Brookman is the Artistic Director and co-CEO of State Theatre Company. Since graduating from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2001 Geordie has directed work around Australia, the UK and Asia. 

His State Theatre Company directing credits include Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company), Machu Picchu (Sydney Theatre Company and State Theatre Company), Betrayal, and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

His productions have won or been nominated for Helpmann, Greenroom, Sydney Critics Circle, Adelaide Critics Circle and Curtain Call awards. 

ABC Midday Interview with Geordie Brookman


Genevieve Lacey, Artist in Association

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Register here    Allan Scott Auditorium, 6.00pm 

A unique in-conversation with Genevieve Lacey, recorder virtuoso and artistic director in which she’ll talk about the art of programming and the collision of musical worlds.

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist. She has created a substantial body of large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, theatre, public art and performance, and has also premiered scores of new works, written especially for her. 

Genevieve has won two ARIAs (Australian Recording Industry Awards), a Helpmann Award, and the Outstanding Musician, Melbourne Prize for Music. More 

Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb: Mary Scott, the Flower of Yarrow
Genevieve Lacey - Pleasure Garden 







Art Talks presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

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