Concert Series

Generations Concert Series

Welcome to Generations, our 2024 Concert Series celebrating an extraordinary tradition of music at the University of Adelaide. 

All pedagogical traditions are about generational transfer, but in music this takes a very personal form, as knowledge is passed literally from one hand to another, from teacher to student, in a constant process of renewal. Generations embodies this process, as we present a star line-up of celebrated staff, students, and alumni. 

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2024 program

  • Lunchtime Concerts, Season One

    Friday 5 April

    Grand Duo

    Anna Goldsworthy & 
    Konstantin Shamray  piano

    Schubert  Sonata in C major for piano four-hands, D 812

    Our 2024 concert series commences with the sublime pairing of Anna Goldsworthy, Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and Konstantin Shamray,  much-loved alumnus and adjunct senior lecturer. In 1824 twenty-seven-year-old Schubert was present at the awe-inspiring premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth symphony in Vienna before returning to Zseliz that summer to work again for the Esterházy family as their music teacher. Whilst there he wrote this extended four movement work, his largest in the genre, in which Robert Schumann immediately sensed the powerful influence of Beethoven, labelling it a “piano version” of a symphony. 

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    Friday 12 April

    Images

    Michael Ierace  piano

    Respighi  Valse Caressante and Notturno from 6 Pieces for Piano
    Grieg  Ballade Op. 24
    Debussy  Images, Book 1

    Neoclassical Respighi drew inspiration from Chopin for his salon-esque waltz (originally for violin and piano) and his most famous piano work, Notturno, has been described as having a “Rachmaninovian” feel.  Grieg’s nine variations on a Norwegian folk theme (plus a coda) embrace a gamut of emotions, whilst Debussy, steeped in impressionism and symbolism and “almost as fond of pictures as of music”, produced dramatic contrasting works with evocative titles in his 1905 Images Book 1. Featuring alumnus and staff pianist Michael Ierace.

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    Friday 19 April

    Sliding Around

    Jasmine Hall  trombone
    Ruby Mensforth  trombone
    Alex Taylor  trombone

    Thomas Voss  trombone
    Mark Ferguson  piano
    Lyndon Gray  bass

    Elder Conservatorium staff and alumni come together for a program celebrating all things jazz trombone!

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    Friday 26 April

    Rhythm Song

    Emma Horwood  pedal/Celtic harps & voice
    Steven Peterka  percussion

    Hildegard of Bingen  O Viridissima Virga
    Anon.  Yo me soy la morenica
    Juan García de Zéspedes  Convidando está la noche

    Alan Stivell  Ys
    Joy Ju Hoffman  Autumn (for double harp) 
    Lori Pappajohn  Girl in the Red Skirt
    Carlos Salzedo  Song in the Night

    Join acclaimed alumna, harpist and soprano Emma Horwood and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra principal percussionist Steve Peterka as they create a unique soundscape with pedal and Celtic harps, voice and percussion (including bells, chimes, cymbals, crotales, castanets, ocean drum, rain stick and cajón). From medieval chant to Spanish Renaissance villancicos, traditional Scottish port à beul, and contemporary works by Carl Crossin, Melisande Wright and Emma Horwood.

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    Friday 3 May

    A Majestic Affair

    Michael Ierace  piano
    Kate Suthers  violin
    Stephen King  viola
    Thomas Marlin  cello

    Brahms  Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

    Brahms drew clear inspiration from Schubert in this four-movement work which is particularly famous for being one of the longest piano quartets ever written. Rather more poised and lyrical than the more commonly played first quartet, it is laid out on a grand symphonic scale with seemingly effortless lyricism. The passionate and yearning slow movement, written when the composer was only twenty eight, anticipated his sweeping second piano concerto by some twenty years. Featuring staff members Michael Ierace, Stephen King and Thomas Marlin, with ASO concertmaster Kate Suthers.

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    Friday 10 May

    Mentorship Series

    Helen Ayres  violin
    Stephen King  viola

    with Elder Conservatorium students

    Dynamic staff members Helen Ayres and Stephen King mentor a select group of classical performance students through a series of tutorials and rehearsals, culminating in today’s much-anticipated lunchtime concert. The opportunity to perform side-by-side with professional musicians launches these stars-in-the-making to new heights.

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    Friday 17 May

    Centennials

    Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
    Lloyd Van’t Hoff  conductor

    Karel Husa  Smetana Fanfare
    Holst  First Suite in E-flat, Op. 28 No. 1
    Natalie Williams  Pendulum
    Alexander Arutiunian  Trumpet Concerto

    Husa quoted Smetana’s little known symphonic poem, Wallenstein’s Camp, in a fanfare commissioned to celebrate the centennial of the important Bohemian nationalist composer’s death, whilst Holst’s cornerstone of band literature passed its own centennial in 2009. Alumna Natalie Williams depicts the arc of a pendulum and the passing of time in her celebration of the Sydney Conservatorium’s 100th birthday, and this concert concludes with Arutiunian’s single-movement virtuosic Armenian-inspired concerto.

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    Friday 24 May

    Journeys and Stories 1

    Elder Conservatorium Chorale
    Carl Crossin OAM  conductor
    Karl Geiger  piano

    Every piece of music is a journey – every song is a story. With music from Ireland, France, Scandinavia, Australia and Central America (to name just a few), Chorale will be your guide as we traverse the physical, cultural and emotional landscapes of our world.

    To illustrate just how far you will travel in 50 minutes, the program includes:

    Arvo Pärt (Estonia)  The Deer’s Cry
    Ben van Tienen (Australia)  White Nights
    Sean Dohety (Ireland)  Snow-Dance for the Dead
    Traditional (Mexico)  El Cascabel
    …and more!

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    Friday 31 May

    She Speaks

    Australian String Quartet
    with Noriko Tadano  shamisen

    Noriko Tadano  Ancient Love Letter
    Noriko Tadano  Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi
    Caroline Shaw  Nimrod from Three Essays
    Fanny Mendelssohn  Romance from String Quartet in E flat major
    Noriko Tadano, arr. Emily Tulloch  Staircase to the Moon
    Alice Chance  Nose Scrunch Reel
    Noriko Tadano, arr. Emily Tulloch  Vertigo

    Our beloved Australian String Quartet join Noriko Tadano, a master of the shamisen; a three-stringed long-necked Japanese instrument derived from the Chinese sanxian, played with a plectrum called a bachi and a traditional instrument of the geisha. Chance described her Celtic inspired quartet written for the ASQ as “slightly psychedelic”. Shaw’s biblically inspired work addresses the power of language (whose loss led to the fall of the tower of Babel), whilst Mendelssohn here constructed a highly original harmonic world of German Romanticism. 

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    Friday 7 June

    Australian Jazz

    Honours Ensemble
    Lyndon Gray  
    director

    The Honours ensemble play from the Australian Jazz Real Book, with works by noted Australian jazz writers including alumni Jo Lawry, Michelle Nicole, Matthew Sheens and Lauren Henderson, alongside songs by Vince Jones and other Australian jazz greats.

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    Friday 14 June

    Elder Conservatorium Woodwinds

    Lloyd Van’t Hoff  clarinet
    Emma Gregan  horn
    Joshua Oates  oboe
    Jack Shiller  bassoon

    with Elder Conservatorium students

    Françaix  Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano 
    Cawrse  Lullabies and Crooked Dances
    Mozart  Serenade in C minor, K.388

    Jean Françaix's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano is a lively and engaging chamber music piece that showcases the composer's characteristic wit and playful style. Alumna and lecturer Cawrse here offers a study combining elements of both dance and lullabies, whilst Mozart’s unrelentingly serious work (until the C major finale), not often performed, is far from the typical background “serenading” music. Featuring staff members Lloyd Van’t Hoff and Emma Gregan, and alumni Joshua Oates and Jack Schiller, alongside students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

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    Friday 21 June

    Elegance to Ecstacy

    Sophie Rowell  violin
    Kristian Chong  piano

    Schubert  Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G minor, D384
    Paul Stanhope  Agnus Dei (After the Fire)
    Ravel  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2

    In this charming sonata (now usually called a Sonatina) the nineteen-year-old Schubert appears to have been channelling the style of Mozart rather than that of his contemporary hero, Beethoven. The silent desolate landscape of Stanhope builds to an intense climax before returning to a renewed and altered form of stillness, and we conclude with Ravel’s highly original work in which he accentuated what he considered to be the essential “incompatibility” of the violin and piano, using new-to-Paris American blues and jazz inspirations.

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    Friday 28 June

    A Poet’s Love

    Kyle Stegall  tenor
    Anna Goldsworthy  piano

    Robert Schumann  Dichterliebe, Op. 48
    with selected lieder from Clara Schumann

    A poignant and enduring work exploring themes of love, longing, and heartbreak, Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe, composed in 1840, sets 16 poems by Heinrich Heine to music. Exciting tenor, Yale graduate Kyle Stegall is joined by pianist Anna Goldsworthy for a program that also features songs from Clara Schumann.

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    Friday 5 July

    Percussion Miniatures

    'Crash Collective'
    Sami Butler, Andrew Penrose, Jack De La Lande, Max Ziliotto and Ryan Grunwald
    percussion

    Nigel Westlake  Omphalo Centric Lecture
    Philip Glass arr. David Skidmore  Mandiera River
    Elena Kats-Chernin arr. Andrew Penrose  Eliza Aria from Wild Swans
    Mark Ford  CABASA!
    John Psathas  Kyoto
    Mozart arr. Andrew Penrose  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement)

    Five outstanding percussion graduates of the Elder Conservatorium come together to perform a gripping program of percussion music.

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  • Lunchtime Concerts, Season Two

    Friday 2 August

    ASQ’s Open House

    Australian String Quartet

    Mark Ferguson  new work
    Thomas Gray  new work

    Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Adelaide, the Australian String Quartet perform a new work written by Head of Jazz Mark Ferguson, alongside a new work by composition student Thomas Gray, and one other piece to be announced.

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    Friday 9 August

    Shadows to Light

    Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra
    Elizabeth Layton  director/violin
    Tim Tran  viola

    Mendelssohn  String Symphony No. 6  in E flat major
    Kristopher Man  String Suite (Premiere)
    Hindemith  Trauermusik for viola and strings
    Elgar  Serenade for Strings, Op. 20

    Imagine the drama when George V died hours before Hindemith was due to premiere his viola concerto in London. Adrian Boult instead asked him to contribute to a commemoration concert, so Hindemith wrote Trauermusik in six hours before the BBC live broadcast that evening. Despite the inauspicious premiere of Elgar’s Serenade by the “Worcester Ladies Orchestral Class”, it’s a piece full of poignant lyricism and one of the composer’s own personal favourite works. A new work by teenage Conservatorium student Kristopher Man is premiered. And Mendelssohn’s string symphonies were all written before the age of fourteen.

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    Friday 16 August

    Cinderella

    Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov  piano duo

    Prokofiev / Pletnev  Cinderella Suite

    This two-piano version of Prokofiev’s 1945 Cinderella Suite premiered in 2002 in Lugano to rave reviews. The arranger, celebrated pianist Mikhael Pletnev, more than held his own with his virtuosic duo partner, Martha Argerich, in this interpretation of the ballet score. Prokofiev wrote of the difficulties he faced in expressing “the poetic love of Cinderella and the Prince, the birth and flowering of that love, the obstacles in its path and finally the dream fulfilled”, and Pletnev more than successfully took up the challenge.

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    Friday 23 August

    Shining Septet

    Lloyd Van’t Hoff  clarinet
    Emma Gregan  horn
    Mark Gaydon  bassoon
    Elizabeth Layton  violin
    Steven King  viola
    Thomas Marlin  cello
    Rob Nairn  double bass

    Beethoven  Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20

    An all-star ensemble of Elder Conservatorium staff performing one of Beethoven’s most popular works. “That damned thing… I wish it were burnt” – Beethoven fumed over this septet, not from lack of audience appreciation but because it was such a hit he felt that it was overshadowing his more ground-breaking works. Although written with a strong eye to commercial success, he was still somewhat revolutionary here, featuring more than one wind instrument with strings and allowing them all (apart from the bass) solo passages.

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    Friday 30 August

    Restless Spirit

    Timothy Young and Paavali Jumppanen  piano duo

    Liszt  Faust Symphony

    Liszt wrote A Faust Symphony; Three Character Pictures, Faust, Gretchen and Mephistopheles, after Goethe in 1854, adding a triumphant choral finale later. His version for two pianos appeared eight years later. Faust’s first theme employs one of the earliest 12-tone rows in history; the second movement portrays Faust’s yearning for Gretchen; whilst the third characterizes Mephistoles as a spirit of negation with no themes of his own – just transformations and distortions from the first two movements.

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    Friday 6 September

    Triumph and Tragedy

    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

    Luke Dollman  conductor
    Haowei Yang  piano

    Ravel  Piano Concerto for the Left Hand  
    Tchaikovsky  Romeo and Juliet
    Kristopher Man  new work

    Ravel was at the height of his powers when he acceded to a request from Paul Wittgenstein, a pianist who lost his right arm during WWI. Dark-hued sonorities in the piano combine with astonishing orchestral effects from unusual instrumental combinations. Balakirev suggested Tchaikovsky write a work based on Romeo and Juliet, and after much typical soul searching, criticism and reworking he finally received praise from the Kutchka and growing audience appreciation. Today, the love theme could hardly be more familiar after multiple screen appearances. Also featuring another premiere for Conservatorium student Kristopher Man.

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    Friday 13 September

    Romantic Resonance

    Lucinda Collins  piano
    Helen Ayres  violin

    Stephen King  viola
    Sharon Grigoryan  cello

    Harry Sdraulig  Piano Quartet, New Australian Commission 2023
    Schumann  Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

    Melbourne University graduate Sdraulig is a successful composer, doctoral student and lecturer in Sydney. His Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda, commissioned by Yo Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott, brought him international recognition. This new quartet is in seven parts with contrasting lyricism, intricate rhythmic and motivic drive and harmonies inspired by classical and jazz genres. Schumann’s 1842 quartet followed just weeks after his piano quintet and the four movements formed a culmination of the genre that would influence all who followed.

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    Friday 20 September

    Whispers of Wind and Strings

    Kathryn Moorhead  flute
    Aleksandr Tsiboulski  guitar

    Castelnuovo-Tedesco  Sonatina, Op. 205
    Telemann  Fantasia in A major for solo flute
    Joan Tower  Snow Dreams
    Kate Moore  Blue Cobalt

    Piazzolla  Histoire du Tango (selections)
    Paganini  Cantabile in D major, Op. 17

    Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s lively duo includes one of his most exquisite melodies in the second slow movement. It was mainly Telemann’s 12 Fantasias that enriched the solo flute repertoire in the first half of the 18th century, profoundly influencing the development of the instrument. Histoire du tango is now heard in many instrumental combinations but was originally written for this precise pairing. The first two movements precede a finale of Paganini’s only violin and piano composition in which he abandons acrobatics in favour of soulful operatic lines. Featuring flute lecturer Kathryn Moorhead and alumnus Aleksandr Tsiboulski.

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    Friday 27 September

    Welcome Winds

    Special guests from the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
    with Elder Conservatorium students

    An outstanding opportunity to hear some of the world’s best wind players performing side-by-side with our own Elder Conservatorium students. Featuring decorated alumnus Andrew Bain, principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and four of his esteemed colleagues from the LA Phil, in a program presenting highlights from Dvořák, Gounod, and Jean Françaix.

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    Friday 4 October

    Untrodden Waves

    NZTrio

    Jennifer Higdon  Piano Trio
    Reuben Jelleyman / J.S. Bach  Büchlein Reimaginings (selections)
    Arno Babadjanian  Trio in F-Sharp minor

    Welcome to our friends from across the Tasman! Higdon here explored the relationship of colours, mood and music which resulted in two movements entitled “Pale Yellow” and “Fiery Red.” Meanwhile, New Zealand composer Jelleyman, renowned for inventive melodies and harmonies, took his inspiration from Bach chorales, and lastly the deep emotions of Armenian culture shine through in Babadjanian’s compelling Trio. The latter was a contemporary of Prokofiev, Shostakovich and fellow Armenian Khatchaturian and avoided censure under Stalin, presumably due to his enthusiastic use of folk idiom and strong pride in his native land.

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    Friday 11 October

    Blue Rose

    Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
    Lloyd Van't Hoff 
    conductor

    Vaughan Williams  Toccata Marziale
    Matthew Taylor  Blasket Dances
    Jan Sweelinck  Variations on 'Mein Junges Leben Hat Ein End'
    Grainger  Molly on the Shore
    Frank Ticheli  Blue Shades

    Vaughan Williams’s vigorous second work for band was written for the 1924 commemoration of the British Empire exhibition. Bernstein’s English protégé, Taylor, was inspired by traditional music from the Blasket Islands off the coast of Ireland, whilst Ricker transcribed Sweelincks’ baroque pipe organ work in 1975. Rose, the formidable mother of Grainger, received Molly on the Shore as a birthday gift from her son. This lively concert concludes with blues harmonies, rhythms and idioms in Ticheli’s work that offers strong nods to the styles of Bernstein and Gershwin.

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    Friday 18 October

    The Adelaide Connection

    Lauren Henderson  director

    Hear the Adelaide Connection choir, directed by Julian Ferraretto, sing jazz standards arranged by Adelaide Connection alumni, including Ross Burford, Naomi Crellin, Ciara Ferguson, Jo Lawry, Sally Luke Thompson, Mark Ferguson, and Ferraretto.

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    Friday 25 October

    Top Class

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

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    Friday 1 November

    Mountains, Clouds, Streams

    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

    Luke Dollman  conductor
    Loo Sze-wang  sheng

    Stephen Whittington  Mountains, Clouds, Streams

    Inspired by the subtle colours and tonal gradations of Chinese inkbrush landscape painting, Stephen Whittington’s new work Mountains, Clouds, Streams combines a Western orchestra with traditional Chinese instruments to evoke the mystery and profundity of the natural world and the place of humans within it – themes that have featured in Chinese poetry, art and music for millenia.

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    Friday 8 November

    The Ringtone Cycle

    Seraphim Trio 
    Lorina Gore 
    soprano

    Graeme Koehne  The Ringtone Cycle

    This 2010 commission from the Seraphim Trio has a libretto from the Australian author Peter Goldsworthy. Subtitled a “cabaret quintet for soprano, violin, cello, piano and iPhone”, it is a mini-operetta that tells of a love affair starring a modern-day Brunnhilde and her phone. Koehne’s continuous flow of music recalls Wagner’s revolutionary “speech-song”, and members of the audience might need to brush up on tech jargon to fully appreciate the text! The score is also dotted with references to famous ring tones.

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    Friday 15 November

    In Honour of Beryl Kimber (Leske)

    Niki Vasilakis  violin
    Clemens Leske  piano

    Schubert  Fantaisie in C major, D 934
    Brahms  Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78, Regensonate

    Beryl Kimber (Leske) OBE was one of Australia’s finest violinists and much-loved Associate Professor of violin at the Elder Conservatorium, where she taught for over 30 years. Here, her son Clemens and student Niki Vasilakis pay her tribute with a touching program. Schubert’s late Fantaisie explored new harmonic territory and by incorporating thematic material from one of his many songs, he shifted between virtuosic and lyric moods, fully justifying his rare use of the title.  Self-critical Brahms discarded five violin sonatas before deeming this one more worthy – Clara Schumann agreed, writing that her first play through had made her burst into tears of joy. Brahms joked about a 25% reduction in his fee as it had three not four movements but it is one of the most beautiful of all his works, clearly worth 100%! 

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  • Elder After Hours Series

    Friday 19 April, 7:30pm

    Elder Music Lab

    Esmond Choi  piano

    George Crumb  Metamorphoses, Book II

    A series of solo-piano miniatures with a rich sound world inspired by classic paintings, ranging from Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 The Starry Night to Simon Dinnerstein’s 1991 Purple Haze. A free concert performed by Elder Conservatorium Masters student Esmond Choi.

    Free concert, bookings not required.


    Saturday 27 April, 6:30pm

    Matthew Sheens Solo

    Matthew Sheens  piano

    One of the Con’s most successful jazz graduates, New York-based Matthew Sheens returns to Elder Hall for the first time in over a decade to perform music from his recent albums, including his latest “Written in the Dark”. Don’t miss this evening of innovative jazz!

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    Wednesday 15 May, 6:30pm

    Future Memories
    Gala Concert

    Beethoven  Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
    Poulenc  Sextet for Piano and Winds, Op. 100
    Keith Crellin  Piano Trio
    Mendelssohn  Octet for Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20

    A stellar assembly of Conservatorium staff and alumni gather for a special gala concert, at once demonstrating the artistry and collegiality of our community, while raising funds to support our ongoing mission. Beethoven’s Gassenhauer Trio displays a rare combination of clarinet, cello and piano. Good-humoured Poulenc produced his light-hearted, satiric sextet whilst a member of Les Six and by sixteen Mendelssohn was already a highly experienced composer when this “miracle of the 19th century” flowed from his pen as a birthday present for a violinist friend. Crellin is widely known as a leading Australian solo and chamber violist, as well as for his long-term teaching at the Elder Conservatorium, but here demonstrates another string to his bow.

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    Saturday 25 May, 6:30pm

    Homegrown Jazz

    University of Adelaide Big Band and Latin Ensemble

    Dustan Cox and Mark Ferguson  directors
    Lauren Henderson  voice

    Songs and instrumental works by alumni Lauren Henderson, Jo Lawry, M.S. Ferguson, Christina Guala-Goodwin, Jasmine Ferguson, and Thomas Voss.

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    Friday 5 July, 7pm

    ASQ in Concert: Vanguard

    Australian String Quartet

    Beethoven  String Quartet in E-flat major, Op.127
    Harry Sdraulig  new work
    Korngold  String Quartet No.2 in E-flat major

    The first under-rehearsed performance of Beethoven’s Op. 127 by the Schuppanzigh group was poorly received, but it fared better in the hands of Joseph Böhm who reported that Beethoven keenly attended rehearsals and despite his deafness, managed to follow the bowing so intently that he corrected tiny errors in tempo and rhythm. Australian composer Sdraulig offers a new work (his 2023 piano quartet is scheduled in the Lunchtime series in September) before Korngold’s second quartet. Whilst best known now for his film music, Korngold was also an anti-serialist classical composer and this work is full of Viennese imagery with the waltzes of Johann Strauss II and lyricism of his namesake Richard coming to mind.

    Bookings via ASQ


    Sunday 11 August, 2:30pm

    When Worlds Collide

    Elder Conservatorium Studio Orchestra with Big Band

    A long-awaited collaboration between the jazz and classical areas of the Elder Conservatorium. Featuring new works for Studio Orchestra, Big Band, and smaller ensembles by alumni M.S. Ferguson, Thomas Voss and Christina Guala-Goodwin.

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    Sunday 1 September, 3pm

    Journeys and Stories 2

    Elder Conservatorium Chorale

    Carl Crossin  conductor
    Karl Geiger  piano
    Jack Overall  cello

    Eric Whitacre  The Sacred Veil    

    Powerful, moving, lyrical, striking… This is a story of love and loss, of coping and, ultimately, of moving forward. With texts by Eric Whitacre’s long-time friend and librettist Charles Anthony Silvestri, the twelve stunningly beautiful movements of The Sacred Veil chronicle a very personal story of one family’s journey through cancer.

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    Sunday 6 October, 2:30pm

    Bach and French Romanticism

    Eva Schad  organ

    JS Bach  Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552
    JS Bach  Trio Sonata No. 4 in G major
    JS Bach  Concerto in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV 593
    Léon Boëllmann  Suite Gothique
    Louis Vierne  selected works
    Jehan Alain  Deuxième fantaisie
    Marcel Dupré  Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Op. 7 No. 3

    Bach was distinctly more famous as an organist than a composer during his lifetime. At age eighteen he went to Arnstadt to take up the position of organist at St Boniface from where he made his 200-mile trek to hear Buxtehude play. France’s great organ tradition dates back to Titelouze in the early 1600s, progressing from polyphony to the ornamented style for which Couperin was renowned. César Frank later inspired a new generation of stars, teaching Vierne (Notre Dame’s almost blind organist for 37 years)  and inspiring Boëllmann. The hugely virtuosic Dupré studied under both Widor and Vierne then in turn taught Jehan who was playing professionally at St Germain-en-Laye by the age of eleven.

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    Friday 18 October, 7:00pm

    David Shifrin and Friends

    David Shifrin  clarinet
    with Elder Conservatorium students and guests

    Legend of the clarinet and winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, Mr David Shifrin will visit the Elder Conservatorium as part of the EMR Distinguished Visiting Artist program. Working closely with students for an intensive period of workshops and tutorials, Mr Shifrin’s visit culminates in this exciting concert, with both students and the master himself taking turns centre stage.

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    Saturday 26 October, 6:30pm

    Guitarissimo

    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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Coming Up

24

May

Lunchtime Concert - Journeys and Stories 1

Every piece of music is a journey – every song is a story. Elder Conservatorium Chorale performs works from Ireland, France, Scandinavia, Australia and Central America.

25

May

Elder After Hours - Homegrown Jazz

Songs and instrumental works by alumni Lauren Henderson, Jo Lawry, M.S. Ferguson, Christina Guala-Goodwin, Jasmine Ferguson, and Thomas Voss.

31

May

Lunchtime Concert - She Speaks

Our beloved Australian String Quartet join Noriko Tadano, a master of the shamisen; a three-stringed long-necked Japanese instrument derived from the Chinese sanxian, played with a plectrum called a bachi and a traditional instrument of the geisha.

07

Jun

Lunchtime Concert - Australian Jazz

The Honours ensemble play from the Australian Jazz Real Book, with works by noted Australian jazz writers including alumni Jo Lawry, Michelle Nicole, Matthew Sheens and Lauren Henderson, alongside songs by Vince Jones and other Australian jazz greats.

14

Jun

Lunchtime Concert - Elder Conservatorium Woodwinds

Featuring staff members Lloyd Van’t Hoff and Emma Gregan, with alumni Joshua Oates and Jack Schiller, alongside students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, performing works by Françaix, Cawrse and Mozart.

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Contact

For bookings and enquiries:

Tel: +61 8 8313 5925
Email: concertmanager@adelaide.edu.au