Concert Series

Continuing a 138 year tradition of bringing great music to the community of South Australia, the faculty and students of the Elder Conservatorium of Music welcome you to our Concert Series.

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2022 program

  • Lunchtime concerts season one

    Friday 11 March

    Australian String Quartet

    Aaron Pelle Anhedonia
    Tchaikovsky String Quartet in D major, Op. 11 No. 1

    Quartet-in-residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, the Australian String Quartet brings the 2022 Lunchtime Concert Series to life with a fundamental work of Russian chamber music – Tchaikovsky’s first string quartet. Also featured is a new work from Elder Conservatorium PhD student Aaron Pelle. 


    Friday 18 March

    Bowerbird Ensemble

    Brendan O’Donnell  recorders
    Simone Slattery  violin
    Jackie Hansen  bassoon
    Glenys March  harpsichord

    Vivaldi Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 84
    Locatelli Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 8 No. 1
    Vivaldi Chamber Concerto in A minor, RV 86
    Sieber Recorder Sonata I in A minor
    Vivaldi Chamber Concerto in G minor, RV 106

    Exploring the vast world of Baroque music, the Bowerbird Ensemble will transport listeners back in time with their performance of well-loved concertos by Vivaldi and sonata gems by Locatelli and Sieber.


    Friday 25 March


    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
    Luke Dollman  conductor
    Lauren Borg  flute

    Rossini The Barber of Seville Overture
    Carl Reinecke Flute Concerto, Op. 283
    Haydn Symphony No. 88

    "I was cut off from the world, there was no one to confuse or torment me, and I was forced to become original.” Haydn used these words to explain the development of his  compositional style; and his originality shines in his 88th Symphony. Originality also permeates the drama-filled overture from the Barber of Seville, displaying the wit and inventiveness typical in Rossini’s operas. Reineke’s flute concerto, an integral piece in the romantic repertoire, showcases the extraordinary capabilities of the flute – virtuosic, fluent, and lyrical. 


    Friday 1 April

    Still Falls the Rain

    Celia Craig  oboe
    Michael Ierace  piano

    Lutoslawski Epitaph
    Dutilleux Sonatina
    Miriam Hyde Nightfall and Merrymaking
    Resphighi Nocturne
    Britten Two Insect Pieces
    Hindemith Sonata

    An important and pronounced program of works for oboe and piano, presented by two of Adelaide’s finest musicians, Celia Craig and Michael Ierace. 


    Friday 8 April

    Jazz Award Winners

    All jazz is cool, but for a period in the 1950s the dominant style of jazz was actually known as ‘Cool Jazz’. Under the direction of Dr Lyndon Gray, the 2022 Helpmann Academy Jazz Award winners come together to play ‘Cool Jazz’ celebrating music made famous by Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and the Modern Jazz Quartet.


    Friday 22 April

    The Viennese Connection

    Yuka Eguchi  violin
    Kemp English  fortepiano

    Koželuch Keyboard Sonata in G, P.XII:50
    Mozart Violin Sonata in C, KV.296
    Kreisler Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for solo violin, Op. 6
    Schubert Violin Sonata in G minor, D.408

    Koželuch’s short sonata in G represents just a snapshot of his 50 solo keyboard sonatas, which rank alongside those of Haydn and Mozart. While most late eighteenth-century duo sonatas were conceived for solo keyboard with a violin accompaniment, the sonatas here by Mozart and Schubert place both instruments on a much more level footing.


    Friday 29 April

    Harmonic Inspiration

    Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra
    Elizabeth Layton

    Vivaldi Concerto for 4 violins in B minor
    Peter Warlock Capriol Suite
    Lutoslawski Musique funèbre
    Bartok Romanian Folk Dances

    Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor was written as a concerto grosso – a concerto with multiple solo instruments. In this case, four violinists share the solo line. The excitement and vigour continue as we head through Warlock’s characterful suite, Lutoslawski’s intense work full of suspenseful harmonies, and Bartok’s iconic Romanian Folk Dances.


    Friday 6 May

    Mythic Proportions

    Sophie Rowell  violin
    Kristian Chong  piano

    Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin in E-flat Major, K380
    Szymanowski Myths: Three Poems for Violin & Piano, Op. 30

    Mozart’s extroverted K380 Sonata provides a delightful example of the composer’s mature large scale works for chamber formations in which the role of both piano and violin are completely developed into equal parts. Free from the formal constraints of the sonata and concerto, Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s Myths is among the twentieth century’s most innovative pieces for violin and piano. The collection of poems features delightfully colourful musical depictions of ancient Greek myths as seen through a modern lens.


    Friday 13 May

    Karen De Nardi and Mike Bevan

    Karen De Nardi violin
    Mike Bevan guitar

    Join Karen De Nardi and Mike Bevan for a program of classical, original and Brazilian works for violin and guitar. Note, the performance of "A Far Different World", with Robert MacFarlane and Stephen Whittington, has been postponed.


    Friday 20 May

    The Music of Rodgers and Hart

    Honours Jazz Ensemble

    Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote some of the most memorable songs in the American Song Book including ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘Isn’t it Romantic’, ‘This Can’t Be Love’ and ‘Blue Moon’. James Muller directs the Honours Ensemble from the Elder Conservatorium as they bring some of Rodgers and Hart’s most beautiful works to life with fresh new arrangements.


    Friday 27 May

    Journeys 1

    Elder Conservatorium Chorale & Bella Voce
    Carl Crossin  
    Karl Geiger  piano

    Eric Whitacre Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
    Joe Twist The Night Train
    Carl Crossin The Road Not Taken
    Paul Smith (Voces8) Edo Lullaby

    …and other magnificent choral music of travel – real or imagined!


    Friday 3 June

    Beauty and Tragedy

    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
    Luke Dollman  
    Natalia Beos  violin

    Wagner Lohengrin, Prelude to Act 3
    Wagner Träume (from Wesendonck Lieder for solo violin)
    Brahms Symphony No. 4

    Wagner’s operatic influence pervades his music; these two short pieces taking the listener on a journey through excitement, love, and loss. In similar fashion, Brahms’ final symphony is a conduit to places of severity, solemnity and exuberance.


    Friday 10 June

    Celestial Worlds

    Claire Edwardes percussion
    Emily Granger harp

    Neighbours, Claire Edwardes and Emily Granger join forces on stage with their two unique and monolithic instruments – the marimba and the harp! This program of solos and duos, featuring arrangements alongside works by living composers from home and abroad explores the sonic glory of our natural and celestial worlds, showcasing two of Australia’s most exciting performers who will delight and enthral an audience of all ages!


    Friday 1 July


    Elizabeth Layton  violin
    Michael Ierace  piano
    Dean Newcomb clarinet
    Helen Ayres violin
    Steve King viola
    Simon Cobcroft cello
    Julia Grenfell flute

    Missy Mazzoli Lies You Can Believe In
    Natalie Williams Letters to Clara
    Margaret Sutherland Violin Sonata

    ‘Inspired as much by modern gypsy music, punk, and electronica as it is by traditional Bulgarian and Romanian folk music’ says Missy Mazzoli of her high-octane string trio. SA-born Natalie Williams pays tribute to one of music’s pioneering women, Clara Schumann, before the haunting Violin Sonata by one of Australia’s most significant musical trailblazers, Margaret Sutherland.

    Trailblazers is part of She Speaks 2022, presented by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

    Gold Pass subscribers receive free entry, but seats must be booked.


  • Lunchtime concerts season two

    Friday 12 August

    Schubert: The Poet's Poet

    Stephen King  viola
    Anna Goldsworthy  piano

    A selection of Schubert’s lieder transcribed for piano and viola

    Schubert used many of the themes from his lieder to inspire his own instrumental music, such as the Trout Quintet and Death and the Maiden String Quartet. The great pianist Franz Liszt made many arrangements of Schubert’s 600 Lieder, proclaiming that “Schubert was the most poetic musician, who has ever lived.”


    Friday 19 August


    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
    Luke Dollman 
    Mattea Osenk  viola

    Graeme Koehne Powerhouse
    Hannah Wilkinson New work
    Walton Viola Concerto

    Playing the works of great masters is undoubtedly an important part of concert performance, but just as important is showcasing modern works. The Walton Viola Concerto, written in 1929, highlights the abilities of the viola – lyrical, with the potential to be incredibly virtuosic. Also featured in the program – works by Hannah Wilkinson, a current composition student at the University of Adelaide, and Graeme Koehne AO, Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music.


    Friday 26 August

    Where Emus Roam the Streets

    Mark Ferguson  piano
    Ciara Ferguson  vibraphone/voice/recorder
    Kyrie Anderson  drums
    Bonnie Aué  double bass

    New lyrical contemporary jazz from Mark Ferguson’s ABC Jazz Composer Commission, Where Emus Roam the Streets, inspired by the dramatic vistas, the ‘ghost towns’ and the extraordinary people of the Northern Flinders Ranges on Adnymathanha country.


    Friday 2 September

    'Little Ripper': In Memoriam Robert Carlton Hower

    Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra &
    Band of the SA Police
    Bryan Griffiths  conductor
    David Polain  conductor

    David Stanhope The ‘Little Ripper’ March (1989)
    Warren Benson The Leaves are Falling (1964)
    Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy (1937)
    Eric Whitacre Sleep (2000)

    A tribute to the late Robert “Bob” Hower, regarded as an international force in the world of wind band music. Among his myriad achievements and contributions to the Adelaide music scene, Bob is fondly remembered as the director of the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra for more than 20 years.


    The Adelaide Wind Orchestra presents its own tribute concert to Bob Hower in Elder Hall on Saturday 3 September.

    Friday 9 September

    Spanning Centuries

    Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra
    Elizabeth Layton  violin/director
    Tom Marlin  cello

    Mozart Divertimento in D major, KV 136
    Elgar Serenade for Strings
    CPE Bach Cello Concerto in A major

    CPE Bach was the most successful of JS Bach’s children, his style bridging the baroque and classical periods, drawing influences from both. The concerto in A major is perhaps the most popular cello concerto that he wrote, incorporating long lyrical lines, driving scale figures, and urgent rhythmic sections.


    Friday 16 September

    Horn Trio

    * Unfortunately the planned Piano Duo concert has been postponed. The program is replaced by the Horn Trio program below. All tickets purchased for Piano Duo are valid for Horn Trio. Patrons may also request a refund or an exchange if preferred *

    Alison Heike violin
    Philip Paine horn
    Michael Ierace piano

    Don Banks Horn Trio
    Brahms Horn Trio in E-flat major Op.40


    Friday 23 September

    The Meaning of all That

    Zoe Black  violin
    Joe Chindamo  piano

    A celebration of the audaciousness, urbanity, sophistication and energy of the 20th century, through original works by Chindamo, Lutoslawski and Gershwin.


    Friday 30 September

    Reviving Bach

    Austral Harmony
    Jane Downer
     baroque oboe, oboe d’amore & oboe da caccia

    David Macfarlane  harpsichord

    BWV 894 Prelude in A minor – BWV 564 AdagioBWV 894 Fugue
    BWV 1030b  Andante from Sonata in G minor for oboe & obbligato harpsichord
    BWV 528 Organ Trio in E minor for oboe d’amore & harpsichord
    BWV 525 Organ Trio in Eb major for oboe da caccia & harpsichord
    BWV 508 Bist du bei mir

    Music by JS Bach re-fashioned to exist in fresh versions, including an oboe sonata movement conceived from two manuscript sources, a solo keyboard work later remodelled by the composer into a concerto, Organ Trio arrangements involving the unique sounds of baroque oboe d’amore and oboe da caccia, instruments essential to Bach’s orchestra, and Bach’s arrangement of a sublime aria from an opera by GH Stölzel.


    Friday 7 October

    Violin Duo

    Adam Chalabi  violin
    Elizabeth Layton  violin
    Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra

    Leclair Sonata for Two Violins in A Major
    Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56
    JS Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043

    One of the composer’s most famous works, the “Double Concerto” dates from around 1730. It’s renowned for the liveliness of the first and third movements, coupled with the sublimely beautiful and expressive second movement.


    Friday 14 October

    Vanessa Perica and the University of Adelaide Big Band

    Join our Artist in Residence composer, conductor, and arranger Vanessa Perica as she presents a concert of her award-winning music with the University of Adelaide Big Band (directed by Dusty Cox) alongside works by other celebrated female jazz composers. Among her numerous 2021 accolades Vanessa received an APRA Art Music Award and her Vanessa Perica Orchestra collaborated with the MSO for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s opening Gala. 


    Friday 21 October

    Top Class

    Our annual showcase concert featuring the top student performers of the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Supported by the Peter Brooker Prize for Musical Excellence.


    Friday 28 October

    Swan Song

    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
    Luke Dollman 
    Dylan Henderson  piano

    Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
    Lutoslawski Symphony No. 4

    Chopin’s Second Concerto is the work of a young, yet profound, artistic spirit reaching deeply into his own soul, finding moments of poetic lyricism contrasted with rapturous passages of virtuosity. In many ways, Lutoslawski’s Fourth Symphony is his swan song – being his last work in the genre and his final large-scale piece. It’s a synthesis of the composer’s life’s work, featuring many of Lutoslawski’s characteristic features, such as sweeping melodies and sharp dissonances.


    Friday 4 November

    Australian String Quartet

    Beethoven String Quartet in C sharp minor Op. 131

    This string quartet, undoubtedly a highlight in Beethoven’s oevre, was initially intended to be played without pause. Beethoven’s creativity and ability to encompass emotion is showcased throughout – the deeply emotional opening, the light and joy-filled second section, the charm-filled andante, the energetic presto, before finishing on an intense allegro, in which we finally return to the original minor key.


  • Evening concerts

    Friday 20 May, 7pm

    Back to Baroque

    Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
    Bryan Griffiths 

    JS Bach (transcribed Goldman and Leist) Fantasia in G major
    Reynaldo Hahn Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este
    Percy Grainger (transcribed Jager) Blithe Bells (after J.S. Bach BWV 208)
    JS Bach (transcribed Cailliet) Fervent is My Longing — "Little" Fugue in G Minor
    Stephen Montague Intrada 1631 (after Juan Pérez Bocanegra)

    Join Bryan Griffiths and the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra for a program of works inspired by early music and the Baroque period.


    Saturday 28 May, 6:30pm

    Australian String Quartet

    Beethoven String Quartet in A Major Op. 18 No. 5
    Debussy String Quartet in G minor Op. 10

    The String Quartet in A major is the fifth of six string quartets written by Beethoven between 1798 and 1800. It’s best described as a work full of grace and eloquence, occasionally interrupted by bursts of Beethoven’s humour. Debussy’s quartet in G minor appears in a traditional four-movement form – the first movement in sonata form, the second a scherzo, the third slow and lyrical and the finale energetic and driving. However, interlaced in this traditional form Debussy has laid his personal mark; using non-traditional scales and chords, unexpected key transitions, and more.


    Saturday 11 June, 6:30pm

    Taneyev Ensemble

    Elizabeth Layton  violin
    Stephen King  viola
    Thomas Rann  cello
    Konstantin Shamray  piano

    Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major K 493
    Schubert String Trio movement in B flat D 471
    Taneyev Piano Quartet in E major Op. 20

    Sergei Taneyev was perhaps one of Russia’s most influential and important composers of the late 19th and early 20th century. His piano quartet, written for violin, viola, cello and piano, features key elements of his compositional style – passion in the first movement, the highlight of melodic writing in the second, and an exquisite understanding of counterpoint in the third.


    Saturday 25 June, 6:30pm

    Upon a Ground

    Adelaide Baroque

    Emma Horwood soprano, harp
    Ben Dollman violin
    Thomas Marlin violoncello
    Robert Nairn violone
    Katrina Brown harpsichord

    Program to Include
    Henry Purcell Dido’s Lament
    Claudio Monteverdi The Lament of the Nymph
    Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Passacaglia in G minor

    From the earth springs all manner of creation, rich and varied in its beauty. So it is in the flowering of the art of music over a ground bass or ostinato. The outstanding musicians of Adelaide Baroque celebrate this tradition in this vibrant and passionate concert, featuring the music of Monteverdi, Biber, Purcell and a host of others.


    Saturday 6 August, 6:30pm

    Lyrebird Trio

    Glenn Christensen  violin
    Simon Cobcroft  cello
    Angela Turner  piano

    Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 3 in C minor
    Catherine Likhuta Tangle and Tear
    Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, D. 898

    Beethoven’s first opus was a set of 3 piano trios. After their premiere performance, Haydn advised Beethoven to hold off publishing the third in the set – the trio in C minor – on account of its ‘boldness’. In spite of the advice, Beethoven published the sonata along with the others and it was a hit with the public. This concert also features a work by Australian-based pianist and composer, Catherine Likhuta, who holds a PhD in composition from the University of Queensland.


    Saturday 27 August, 6:30pm

    Ella Sings, Basie Swings

    University of Adelaide Big Band
    Dustan Cox

    Adelaide Connection
    Julian Ferraretto director

    The University of Adelaide Big Band recreates the vibe of the swingin’ Big Bands of the 30s, 40s and beyond. Featuring the Adelaide Connection jazz choir, with stand-out vocalists from the Elder Con jazz program filling the role of Ella Fitzgerald, singin’ and swingin’ out the front of the band.


    Saturday 10 September, 6:30pm

    Journeys 2

    Elder Conservatorium Chorale & Dusk Vocal Trio
    Carl Crossin 
    Karl Geiger  piano

    Paul Stanhope Ban.Garay!
    David Hamilton Una Noche de Verano
    Eric Whitacre Cloudburst
    Carl Crossin Winter Stars

    …and more inspired music of passage and place.


    Elder Music Lab

    A free concert following Journeys 2, pianist Esmond Choi performs Book I of George Crumb's Metamorphoses. 

    Performance begins at 8pm. Approximate duration 40 minutes. Free entry - bookings not required.

    Sunday 2 October, 2:30pm

    Academy Trio

    Madeline Melrose  violin
    Joseph Freer  cello
    Kenan Henderson  piano

    Haydn Piano Trio No.44 in E major, Hob.XV/28
    Smetana Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15

    When composing a piece of music, one of the hardest questions to answer is: how do I start? In Haydn’s piano trio, he answers this question in a peculiar way – starting with pizzicatos in the strings. The melodic lines between the strings and piano then develop throughout, resulting in an exuberant piece of music. Smetana’s piano trio, in which all three movements are unusually in G Minor, was inspired by tragedy. In the year 1855, he celebrated the birth of his third daughter, but also found himself mourning the deaths of his first daughter in 1854 and second daughter in 1855. The work was dedicated to his eldest daughter – it is filled with nostalgia and deep emotional longing.


    Saturday 22 October, 6:30pm


    A delight for lovers of classical guitar, this annual showcase concert features an array of works for solo guitar and small chamber groups, culminating in a performance by the heralded Elder Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble. Curated by Dr Oliver Fartach-Naini.



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