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 2021 Concert Series.

Chinese Music Concert

Sunday 24 October, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide

Presented by the Elder Conservatorium of Music in association with OzAsia Festival

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Join us in person or online for 25 Lunchtime concerts and 11 Evening concerts, comprised of exciting and varied programs. Download the concert series program below, or book your Lunchtime Gold Pass, Evening Series Subscription, or individual concert tickets online now. 

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  • Performer Biographies

  • Lunchtime Concerts Season One

    Doors open at 12:30pm. Concert at 1:10pm

    Friday 19 March


    Seraphim Trio

    Haydn Piano Trio in C Major Hob. XV:27
    Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C, Op. 87

    Haydn’s Piano Trio in C Major is full of grace, intimacy and humor, with an especially virtuosic piano part – and still, his role in the early development of the piano trio form is often overlooked. At the other end of the spectrum, Brahms’ Trio in C Major from 1882 is a work of symphonic grandeur that in many ways represents the culmination of the genre’s inspired tradition.

    Friday 26 March


    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
    Luke Dollman

    Beethoven Symphony No. 1
    Connor Fogarty New Work

    Deeply rooted in the eighteenth century’s classical style, Beethoven’s First Symphony pays homage to both Haydn and Mozart. Yet the beginnings of the composer’s unique voice can be heard in the humorous off-key opening of the first movement, and in the lively Menuetto which predates the speed and vigor of the Scherzi that would later come. Also on the program, the premiere of a new work by Elder Conservatorium postgraduate student Connor Fogarty.

    Friday 2 April


    Friday 9 April


    Adelaide Baroque

    Music by Bach, Frescobaldi, Biber, and Schmeltzer 

    Join members of the exciting Adelaide Baroque as they present an innovative program of works highlighting the joy and power of Baroque music. The magical, unrestrained style of stylus phantasticus builds on the foundation of compositional ingenuity with exciting elements of spontaneity and improvisation.

    Friday 16 April


    Benaud Trio

    Beethoven Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2
    David John Lang The Tied Test

    Elder Conservatorium graduate David John Lang’s new work is inspired by the Tied Test of 1960 – one of history’s greatest sporting contests. Beethoven's Op. 1 Piano Trio came just three years after his move to Vienna to study with Haydn in 1792. A decisive moment in the composer’s life perhaps – one that led him to the pinnacle of his craft.

    Friday 23 April


    Friday 30 April


    The 2021 Helpmann Academy Jazz Award winners come together to share the joys and the decadence of 1920’s jazz. Enjoy the music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington while our students show you how they earned their awards! Directed by Dr Lyndon Gray.

    Friday 7 May


    Anita Wardell  voice
    Mark Ferguson  piano

    Mesmerising jazz singer Anita Wardell brings her heartfelt, expressive style to Elder Hall, joined by Head of Jazz Mark Ferguson, in a program of much-loved jazz standards.

    Friday 14 May


    Keith Crellin OAM  viola
    Michael Ierace  piano

    Hindemith Viola Sonata in F, Op. 11 No. 4
    Gaigerova Suite for Viola and Piano, Op. 8
    Enescu Concert Piece for Viola and Piano

    As profound as the viola’s unique timbre, Hindemith’s Op. 11 No. 4 is a cornerstone of the instrument’s repertoire and a key work in the twentieth century’s neoclassical style. Varvara Gaigerova’s Suite for Viola and Piano, filled with lyricism and grandeur, undoubtedly deserves a place in the spotlight. Originally an examination piece for the Paris conservatory, Enescu’s Concert Piece for Viola and Piano is a brilliant and virtuosic work filled with modern harmonic colouring and broad lyrical melodies.

    Friday 21 May


    The Dorrit Ensemble
    Elizabeth Layton 
    Caroline Henbest  viola
    Edith Salzmann  cello
    Konstantin Shamray  piano

    Shield String Trio No. 8 in F Major
    Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60

    A masterful blend of folk elements, operatic lyricism and symphonic-scale grandeur makes the Shield String Trio in F Major a central piece in the English chamber repertoire. Brahms’ mighty Op. 60, a musical illustration of Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, places a sombre shroud over the listener with its fatalistic mood.

    Friday 28 May


    Australian String Quartet

    Graeme Koehne String Quartet No. 3, True History of the Kelly Gang
    Haydn String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4

    Saddle up for an exciting ride with the members of the Australian String Quartet as they gallop and weave their way through Graeme Koehne’s vivid musical tale of Australia’s most famous folk hero. Just as turbulent is Haydn’s Fourth String Quartet in D Minor, described by Hans Keller as “the first great string quartet in the history of music.”

    Friday 4 June


    Elder Conservatorium Chorale
    Bella Voce

    Carl Crossin OAM  conductor
    Karl Geiger & Andrew Georg  accompanists

    Program includes…
    Anne Cawrse How can I keep from singing?
    Jake Runestad Let my love be heard       

    Ēriks Ešenvalds Stars 
    Carl Crossin Jubilate in Musica

    A program of music that revels in the joys, the sonorities, the contrasts and the camaraderie of excellent choral singing – just for the sheer joy of it!

    Friday 11 June


    Joshua van Konkelenberg  organ

    Couperin Selections from Messe pour les Couvents
    Böhm Vater unser im Himmelreich
    Buxtehude Prelude in G Minor
    van Konkelenberg Recit de Tierce en taille
    JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, St. Anne

    The organ is often called the king of instruments for good reason – no other instrument has such a high capacity for dynamic and tone color explorations. This program showcases a development from the profound Couvent Mass by Couperin, passing through Böhm’s and Buxtehude’s prelude settings and an original work by Joshua van Konkelenberg, culminating with the legendary organ master J.S. Bach and his St. Anne Prelude and Fugue.

    Friday 18 June


    Elizabeth Layton  violin
    Mike Bevan  guitar
    Oliver Fartach-Naini  guitar
    Stephen Whittington  piano

    Writer A.F.G. Bell describes the emotion of saudade as “…not an active discontent or poignant sadness, but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.” Listen to saudade turned into musical form with works by Ernesto Nazareth, Darius Milhaud, Stephen Whittington and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

  • Lunchtime Concert Season Two

    Doors open at 12:30pm. Concert at 1:10pm

    Friday 13 August


    Lauren Henderson  voice
    Derek Pascoe  saxophone
    Chris Martin  piano
    John Aué  bass

    An evocative mixture of words and music encompassing jazz, folk and traditional songs in a contemporary setting. Experience the poetry of Robert Burns and A.E. Housman imbued with musical life by four of Adelaide’s most cherished jazz musicians.

    Friday 20 August


    Honours Jazz Ensemble
    James Muller 

    Irving Berlin wrote some of the greatest works in the American Song Book including ‘Blue Skies, ‘Cheek to Cheek, ‘Putting on the Ritz and ‘How Deep is the Ocean?’. Join jazz guitar lecturer James Muller and the Honours Ensemble from the Elder Conservatorium as they bring some of Berlin’s most beautiful works to life with fresh new arrangements.

    Friday 27 August


    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
    Luke Dollman
    Jack Overall  cello

    Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129
    Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

    A short, transparent work, almost Haydenesque in character, Shostakovich’s Ninth sits lightly between such giants as his tragic Eighth and Tenth Symphonies. Schumann’s cello concerto has recently become a staple piece of the romantic cello repertoire after a century of obscurity. It’s a work that combines the composer’s most unique and personal qualities – intense lyricism, rhythmic vigor and a fair amount of ambiguity.

    Friday 3 September


    Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
    Bryan Griffiths
    Amelia Wang  flute*

    Lowell Liebermann arr. Keiichi Kurokawa Piccolo Concerto Op. 50*
    Bernstein Symphonic Dances from Westside Story

    A staple of the twentieth-century piccolo repertoire, Lowell Liebermann’s entry into the genre is an exquisite piece of modern music with a wide array of influences and an accessible harmonic style. Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story synthesize everything great about the original score – jazzy licks, Latin dance rhythms, complex modern harmonies, and operatic melodies.

    Friday 10 September


    Rob Nairn bass
    Heidi von Bernewitz  viola

    Featuring the music of Beethoven and his circle, together with extraordinary new music from Australia and the US.

    Friday 17 September


    Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra
    Elizabeth Layton
    Connor Whyte  guitar*

    Holst St Paul’s Suite in C Major
    Carulli Concerto in E Minor for Guitar and Orchestra, Op. 140*
    Nielsen Little Suite for Strings, Op. 1

    Gustav Holst’s C Major Suite is a light-hearted piece composed for his students in the St Paul’s Girls’ School. Carulli’s Guitar Concerto in E Minor is a milestone of the repertoire and an exceptionally balanced and refined work of the Classical period. From the elegiac opening to the heroic final movement, Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings is a great collection of human emotions.

    Friday 24 September


    Rosalind Martin  voice
    Jamie Cock  piano

    Hugo Wolf Eichendorff Lieder (selections)
    Robert Schumann Eichendorff Liederkreis, Op. 39

    These musical settings of colossal figures of German romantic poetry like Eichendorff, Heine, Geibel and Goethe explore the feelings of melancholy, unrequited love and the transcendental beauty of nature.

    Friday 1 October


    Paul Stanhope String Quartet No. 1, Elegies and Dances
    Brahms String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op 67 

    The acclaimed perfomances of the Australian String Quartet are an everlasting highlight of the lunchtime concert series in Elder Hall. Join us for another eagerly anticipated appearance by the highly regarded ASQ.

    Friday 8 October


    The Adelaide Connection Jazz Choir

    Luke Thompson  director

    Join the Adelaide Connection, Australia’s first jazz choir, and its acclaimed director Luke Thompson, for a celebration of vocal jazz. Featuring songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Jazzmeia Horn, Gretchen Parlato, Cécile McLorin and more.

    Friday 15 October


    Helen Ayres violin
    Lucinda Collins piano

    Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 21 in E minor KV 304
    Brahms Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 for Violin and Piano 

    * The Kristian Chong / Sophie Rowell concert has been postponed to 2022 *

    Friday 22 October


    Lachlan Bramble violin
    Helen Ayres violin
    Michael Robertson viola
    Heidi von Bernewitz viola
    Simon Cobcroft cello
    Thomas Marlin cello
    Rob Nairn double bass

    Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36
    Bottesini Elegie No. 1 in D Major

    * The Andrew Haveron and Anna Goldsworthy concert has been postponed to 2022 *

    Friday 29 October


    In what has become an annual tradition we bring you the next generation of classical music talent. Top performing students of the Elder Conservatorium make their mark on the Elder Hall stage in our final concert of the year.

    Friday 5 November


    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
    Luke Dollman
    Shawn Hui  piano

    Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
    Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, Op.23 

  • Evening Concerts

    Saturday 23 October, 6:30pm


    Elder Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble and Classical Guitar Students

    Phillip Houghton (1954–2017)  Ophelia... a haunted sonata
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) From Violin Partita No.2 in D minor: V. Ciaccona
    Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) From Histoire du Tango: CaféNightclub
    Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806–1856) Tarantelle TrauermarschUnruhe                
    Gary Ryan (*1969) Hot club Francais 
    Bryan Johanson (*1951) Quartet No. 6 (World Premiere)
    Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) Whisky arr. Leonardo Bravo

    Curated by Oliver Fartach-Naini, this annual concert showcases the talented Elder Conservatorium guitar students. Featuring a mixture of solo and chamber works sure to delight lovers of guitar.

    Friday 29 October, 7pm


    Verdi String Quartet in E minor
    Beethoven String Quartet in C major, Op. 59 No. 3, Razumovsky

    What better way to bring the 2021 Evening Concert Series to a close than with a performance by the outstanding Australian String Quartet. 

Coming up



Lunchtime Concert - Celebration

Join the Adelaide Connection, Australia’s first jazz choir, and its acclaimed director Julian Ferraretto, for a celebration of vocal jazz. Featuring songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Jazzmeia Horn, Gretchen Parlato, Cécile McLorin and more.



Evening Concert - Songs and Stories of the Cabaret

Vocalist Stephanie Acraman and pianist Liam Wooding take the stage for an evening of songs and stories by the extraordinary collaborative combination of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein.



Lunchtime Concert - Brilliant Brahms

Brahms' String Sextet No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 36, with Lachlan Bramble violin, Helen Ayres violin, Michael Robertson viola, Heidi von Bernewitz viola, Simon Cobcroft cello, Thomas Marlin cello, and Rob Nairn double bass



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