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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Australian composers CD-set launch

Media release
31 March 2009
PG 239

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today launched the third volume of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Australian Composer Series.

Mr Garrett said the five-CD box set of orchestral music is an outstanding showcase of orchestral music by Australian composers: Malcolm Williamson, Richard Meale, Gerard Brophy, Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Brett Dean.

The Minister made the announcement as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival in Berridale, Tasmania.

"The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is a leader in championing and promoting Australian music and composers," Mr Garrett said.

"This is the third volume in the Australian Composer Series which now totals 18 CDs and is a key element of the Orchestra's Australian Music Program alongside a range of other activities including the Australian Composers' School."

Minister Garrett also congratulated the retiring director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Australian Music Program, Dr Richard Mills, for his founding contribution to the program since 2003.

"Dr Mills' contribution comes from a phenomenal career base as both a conductor and a composer which has seen him working with a large number of Australia's music organisations. His music has found wide acceptance and popularity with musicians and the concert-going public alike, and his works are regularly performed throughout the world."

"Under Dr Mills' leadership the Australian Music Program has received praise and recognition. In 2005 it received two APRA awards and the Australian Music Centre's Classical Music Award.

"I am sure that incoming director Lyndon Terracini will continue Dr Mills' fine work and take the Australian Music Program on to further great achievements.

"Mr Terracini has enjoyed a highly successful international opera career as well as receiving critical acclaim for his work as Artistic Director of the Brisbane Festival."

"I encourage Australians to support our composers and musicians and one way we can do this is by listening to this inspiring CD."

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