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Upcoming events

Previous events

Apr9

Omega Ensemble - Grand Mozart

City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, AU

Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds Mozart Grand Partita

Feb27

Brandenburg Concertos

City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, AU

Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in concert with Dorèe Dixon as the other horn player and the wonderful Australian Brandenburg Orchestra under the direction of Paul Dyer. All on period instruments.   Also March 1, 2 4 (in Parramatta), 6, 8 then March 9 and 10 in Melbourne.

Sydney MicroFest 2

East Sydney Community Arts Centre, 34-40 Burton St, (cnr of Burton and Palmer Streets) DARLINGHURST, NSW 2010, Sydney, NSW

Over 2 performances of 90 minutes each, Sydney MicroFest 2 present a diverse range of wonderful musicians. Clocks and Clouds http://anaphoria.com/clocksclouds.html will fill the ambient space with wondrous cascades of pitch and texture from their new work Anaphorian Shadow Theatre Music Jack Tickner https://www.facebook.com/JackETickner/ will delight with his microtonal guitar and singing, Greg Schiemer's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Schiemer Satellite Gamelan will be a treat with audience participation using a new mobile phone app as the sound source. Donald Bousted's https://donaldbousted.com new work to observe sea and sky is for flute in standard tuning and horn in 19 equal divisions of the octave, Michael H Dixon having acquired an instrument to achieve this clearly. Terumi Narushima https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/3d-printing-creates-a-flute-which-makes-beautiful-sounds-20150605-ghhd68.html has written a new quartet titled Sundew to be performed by LOCANA (Janine Grantham - flute, Rachel Westwood - violin, Michael H Dixon - horn, Matthew Farrell - cello). LOCANA will also perform the beautiful Toivo by Juhani Nuorvala https://core.musicfinland.fi/composers/juhani-nuorvala  Greg van der Struik - trombone, will perform stillness of unceasing activity by Michael and join him and Ed Diefes - tuba in the trio Chaconne by Ron Nagorcka. Wendy Dixon will join these six musicians for the aria The Wound, a commentary on the need for healing between Indigenous people and the 'immigrants' post 1770. See our facebook page for the program order of each concert: https://www.facebook.com/sydmicrofest/    

$20/$15 - 2 concert deal $30/$20

Michael Hugh Dixon

Born in New Zealand in 1961 Michael learnt piano with his grandmother and horn with his father. Michael has held full-time positions with a number of Australian orchestras including that of Principal Horn in the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael is now a regular with the Opera Australia Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with most orchestras in Australia including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Ludovico’s Band on natural horn. Chamber music credits include his ensemble LOCANA and Omega Ensemble.

Teaching is an important part of his work, currently including Inaburra School, Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. In 2011 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong after having previously been awarded an MPhil in composition from the University of Queensland and MMus in Musicology from Griffith University. 

Composition is a significant part of his musical life. He has written for a variety of ensembles along with songs and percussion works. A considerable number of his compositions include intervals from the harmonic series, extended just intonation. His music is published by Wirripang Pty Ltd (www.australiancomposers.com.au). In 2017 Michael performed in EUROMicroFest2017 and later that year co-curated SydneyMicroFest1.