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22 Aug 3:30pm 5:00pm

51 newly promoted and recruited Professors are taking part in the 2018 Professorial Inaugural Lecture series at UNSW Sydney to mark their achievement and showcase their specialist knowledge. Please join us for the fourth Inaugural Lecture for the 2018 series.

Professor Brigitta Olubas  
Lecture 1: Reading Australian Literature 

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23 Aug 11:00am 1:00pm

Join us for the opening morning tea of Alun Leach-Jones: A language of his own at UNSW Library with opening remarks by artist Ian Grant.

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28 - 30 Aug 9:30am 11:30am

Business cards are glorious. That name and contact on a small piece of paper is in fact a gateway to creativity.

Our Media Production students are ready to step out into the world beyond UNSW and have business cards to share.

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1 Sep 9:00am 4:00pm

Open Day is your chance to experience life at UNSW, explore the campus and your future study options. The annual event is UNSW’s largest future student event, attracting prospective students, parents, teachers and the broader community. You will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures on all of our courses, ask experts your questions one-on-one, explore the campus with a student led tour or discover your passions by participating in interactive and immersive experiences.

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6 Sep 4:00pm 6:00pm

Words are only music in a language you don’t understand. Meaning changes when you don’t know the culture from which a poem comes from. We often hear the phrase “Lost in Translation” because it is easy to fail a poem, its music and meaning in the act of moving it from one language and culture to another. Hence, a good translation is often a re-creation. But what if we took a poem in its original form and let it inspire us? Take us to a place we might otherwise never go?

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7 Sep 7:00pm 9:00pm

Can literature save the world? According to celebrated 12th century Iranian Sufi mystic poet, Attar, it is not the world that needs saving, rather it is we who are in dire need of rescue—from the clutches of our own ego, that “cyclone of calamities.”

Sholeh Wolpé, accompanied by musician Siavash Sadr on the santoor, presents poems and selections from her translation of The Conference of the Birds in an uplifting performance that moves the soul.

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11 Sep 1:10pm 2:00pm

Bask in the beautiful sounds of one of the country’s leading chamber ensembles, as the Australia Ensemble present a free lunch hour concert.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART | Flute Quartet in D KV285
Paul STANHOPE | All Air and Shadows
Leonard BERNSTEIN| Clarinet Sonata
Franz SCHUBERT | Sonatensatz

Location: John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW (Building G19) Venue Map

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15 Sep 8:00pm 10:00pm

The relationship between Schubert and the guitar may appear tenuous at best, however it forms the basis of a beautiful program, one which draws together music from the nineteenth century with sparkling Australian chamber works for guitar. 

Robert SCHUMANN | Fantasiestücke 
Robert DAVIDSON | Landscape 
Franz SCHUBERT | Serenade from 'Schwanengesang' D957 no.4
Phillip HOUGHTON | From the Dreaming 
Paul STANHOPE | Shards, Chorales and Dances 

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17 Sep 4:30pm 8:00pm

Come and hear the best and brightest UNSW PhD candidates pitch their world-changing ideas. Participants have just three minutes to explain what they are doing, how they are doing it, and why it is important. 

The winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize, and will have the honour of representing UNSW at the 3MT Asia Pacific Final. Additional prizes include runner-up $1,500; third prize $500, the People’s Choice award $1,000, and the $500 ASPIRE prize awarded by high school students.

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19 Sep 7:00pm 9:00pm

The Orchestra’s repertoire is broadly from the Classical (1750-1810) and Romantic (1810-1910) eras. More recent works, especially works by contemporary Australian composers, are well represented in the Orchestra's programs, as is film music from the past four decades. Concertos for various solo instruments figure prominently.

The soloists in these concertos are mostly students from the University’s music department.

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19 Sep 7:30pm 9:00pm

In 2018, the Burgundian Consort will explore the remote realms of the Nordic and Baltic states, with works from Tormis, Gjeilo, Sisask and Pärt, before rounding out the program with some traditional English madrigals from Byrd, Elgar, and Purcell.

The program will also include the premiere performance of the winner of the inaugural Willgoss Choral Composition Prize 2018.

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9 Oct 1:10pm 2:00pm

Bask in the beautiful sounds of one of the country’s leading chamber ensembles, as the Australia Ensemble present a free lunch hour concert.

Maria GRENFELL | Poems of a Bright Moon
Arvo PÄRT | Fratres
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART | Piano Trio in G K 496

Location: John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW (Building G19) Venue Map

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13 Oct 8:00pm 10:00pm

Veering away from the famed Four Seasons of Vivalidi, this program explores composers which have been inspired to embody the rapture of the natural world. 

Maria GRENFELL | Ten Suns Ablaze (2012)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | 'Szene am Bach' from Symphony no. 6 arr. Fischer (1810)
Nigel WESTLAKE | Rare Sugar (2007)
Pēteris VASKS | Landscape with Birds (1980)
Aaron COPLAND | Appalachian Spring ballet suite (1944)

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26 Oct 7:00pm 9:00pm

The UNSW Wind Symphony was founded in 1991 to perform works specially composed for wind ensembles with or without percussion. The Wind Symphony provides repertoire, largely dates from after 1900, with arrangements of works from all eras and styles, including jazz, popular and art-music forms. The Wind Symphony is home to many of the woodwind and brass players on campus, and comprises about 50 players at any one time.

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28 Oct 5:00pm 7:00pm

The Collegium Musicum Choir’s second program for the year includes the liturgical works of Alexander Grechaninov and Anton Bruckner. 

Grechaninov Et in Terra Pax
Arensky Three Quartets 
Bruckner te Deum

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Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW (Building C24) Venue Map

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3 - 4 Nov 10:00am 8:00pm

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas brings together thinkers, writers and culture creators to tackle the deep and challenging questions of our time. It allows us to push ideas to the extreme, disagree in public and shine a light on what is too hard to talk about. Dangerous ideas challenge mainstream thought and opinion, upset the status quo, surprise us and make us think.   

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25 Nov 5:00pm 7:00pm

UNSW's annual Christmas concert begins the festive season with the Collegium Musicum Choir, Burgundian Consort, Handbell Ensemble, student performers, gingerbread, handmade gifts and a Christmas tree. A warm and joyful occasion for all.

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Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW (Building C24) Venue Map

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