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From Start to Finnish

Two of Australia’s finest chamber musicians grace the stage in the opening concert of the season.

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Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

The shimmering arpeggios of Glière's harp concerto are the calm before the storm, prior to fate knocking at the door with the ominous first four notes of Beethoven’s fifth symphony.

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A Quatre Mains

Pianists Konstantin Shamray and Michael Ierace bring Petrushka to life once again in this fiery version for piano four hands.

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She gave him Oleander

An evocative mixture of words and music encompassing jazz, folk and traditional songs in a contemporary setting. Four experienced musicians bring poetry from the likes of Robert Burns and A.E. Housman to life.

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A Grand Crossroads: The Glory of the English Baroque

Music by Handel, Purcell, Avison, Hellendaal and more. The elegance of the late 17th century permeates this exciting program of baroque gems from the land of the rose.

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Intimate Beethoven: Elder mini-festival

Welcome to the inaugural Elder Mini-Fest Intimate Beethoven.

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Australian String Quartet

In the year of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary the Australian String Quartet look back to the composer’s early works.

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Songs of the cabaret

A result of over twenty years collaboration between himself and poet Arnold Weinstein, Bolcom’s Cabaret Songs draws inspiration from a plethora of musical styles and forms, representing the melting pot which is American culture and vernacular.

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Jazz Award Winners

The 2020 Helpmann Academy Jazz Award winners come together to share the joys, the jazz and the decadence of 1920’s jazz.

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Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra

A chamber orchestra is a versatile ensemble, lithely dancing across a range of repertoire and styles. In this concert the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra tackle Handel’s Concerto Grosso, Mendelssohn’s lush String Symphony and Nielsen’s more sombre Little Suite.

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Sketches of Spain

Inspired by Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto de Aranjuez, Miles Davis’ and Gil Evan’s masterful work Sketches of Spain takes centre stage in this program celebrating the evocative sounds of the wind orchestra.

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Natural music: Elder Conservatorium Chorale

…and other inspiring choral music that explores the beauty of nature – and the nature of beauty!

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Violin duo

Leclair’s sonata for two violins in A major contains all the expressiveness you’d expect from the founder of the French school of violin, while Prokofiev’s opus 56 flaunts bold contrasts – lyrical one moment, acerbic the next. Bach’s Double Concerto is a masterful example of music from the late baroque period.

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Many will know the name Kreutzer from the dedication of Beethoven’s prodigious violin sonata. One of the finest violinists of his day, Kreutzer was also a prolific composer who wrote over 40 operas. Here, his La Molinara variations feature alongside the grand work by Beethoven that bears his name.

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Brilliant young violinist Tianyou Ma takes on Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic violin concerto with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, conducted by Keith Crellin OAM.

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Michael Cox is one of Britain’s foremost flute players, performing regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta.

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The Australian String Quartet spend the day in Elder Hall working with local up-and-coming performers, culminating in a combined evening concert.

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Shades of blue

The Adelaide Wind Orchestra conjures up George Gershwin’s bustling Brooklyn with a program of works inspired by the Jazz Age, including Joan Tower’s Fascinating Ribbons and Frank Ticheli’s Blue Shades.

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Chopin Etudes

Keyboard Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Roy Howat has recently edited a selection of Chopin Etudes for renowned publisher Edition Peters.

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Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

The spectre of Stalinist Russia looms over this mighty work premiered in the year of the dictator’s death.

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My Funny Valentine

Join our Jazz Honours students as they celebrate the works of one the greatest songwriting teams of all time – Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

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The boundaries between classical and jazz are broken down in an innovative and thrilling program from virtuoso violinist Zo. Black and one of Australia’s greatest jazz pianists, Joe Chindamo. Featuring original compositions by Joe Chindamo.

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Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra

Giovanni Bottesini earned himself the nickname “the Paganini of the double bass”, and while his double bass concerto does contain challenging technical elements, the work is also full of warmth and feeling.

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Songs from the Great Southland

Originally developed as a piano trio concert for the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference, Songs from the Great South Land is Mark Simeon Ferguson’s tribute to the great pop, rock and light classical songs of Australia.

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Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra

Two cornerstones of the wind band repertoire, and perhaps a third in the making! Holst’s jaunty First Suite will have you tapping your toes in accompaniment.

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Catherine Fraser Trio

The Catherine Fraser Trio are steeped in the Scottish fiddle tradition, performing repertoire from the wealth of Scottish collections, some dating as far back as the 1690s, as well as writing and arranging their own contemporary compositions.

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Faust: A Mortal’s Tale

A selection of works inspired by the 1926 silent film Faust, reflecting the story of the alchemist Dr Faust, his struggle with mortality, his encounter with the demon Mephistopheles and his journey into the unknown.

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Suite Latina

Written as a tribute to the city of Adelaide after the composer’s visit in 2014, the beautiful Suite Adelaires looks at the city through a Latin-American lens; and in a work dedicated to Oliver Fartach-Naini, Richard Charlton turns an antipodean eye to the music of South America.

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Brought to light

Alexander Siloti was a Russian pianist, conductor and composer who studied under Tchaikovsky and Liszt. His artful transcriptions of these Bach sonatas were only recently discovered.

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Keep the music playing

The Adelaide Connection’s SATB and SSAA choirs present some of their favourite jazz choir music with arrangements by Phil Mattson, Paris Rutherford, Kerry Marsh and more!

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Guitarissimo is an important and treasured event for Adelaide’s music lovers and guitar aficionados. Directed by Oliver FartachNaini, the classical guitar students of the Elder Conservatorium will present a stylistically diverse program of solo and chamber music ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque through to modern times.

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Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

Old and new collide in Lukas Foss’ Renaissance Concerto for flute and orchestra – the composer describing the 1985 work as “a handshake across centuries”. John Polglase’s with waves written is a fantasia.

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Top Class

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.

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Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra

International conductor and founder of the Beijing Wind Orchestra, Li Fangfang, leads the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra in a performance centred on Maslanka’s vast Symphony No. 9.

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