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Lunchtime Concert - Monuments

The Elder Conservatorium Lunchtime Concert Series gets under way for 2021 with a perfomance by the renowned Seraphim Trio.

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Lunchtime Concert - Viennese Tradition

The Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Luke Dollman, perform Beethoven's Symphony No.1 and a new work by Connor Fogarty.

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Evening Concert: Baroque Music Today

Music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and more.

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Lunchtime Concert - Stylus Phantasticus

Join members of the exciting Adelaide Baroque as they present an innovative program of works highlighting the joy and power of Baroque music.

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Evening Concert: Baroque Beasts and Battles

Music by Biber, Telemann, Handel and Corelli.

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Lunchtime Concerts - Decisive Moments

The exciting Benaud Trio perform one of Beethoven's earlier works, the Piano Trio in G major Op. 1 No. 2, along with a new work by David John Lang, The Tied Test

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CABARET: Music Theatre's First Graduation Production

The graduating musical theatre students of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide present the Kander & Ebb classic.

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Lunchtime Concert - Jazz Award Winners play the Roaring Twenties

The 2021 Helpmann Academy Jazz Award winners come together to share the joys and the decadence of 1920’s jazz.

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Lunchtime Concerts - Bright Lights

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.

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Evening Concert: Forces of Nature

Join the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra for a night of much-loved works by Holst, Bizet, and Paul Hart.

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Lunchtime Concert - Viola Recital

Keith Crellin OAM  viola
Michael Ierace  piano

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Lunchtime Concert - Storm and Stress

Join the Dorrit Ensemble for Shield's String Trio in F Major and Brahms’ mighty Op. 60.

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Lunchtime Concert - Fighting Figures

The Australian String Quartet return to Elder Hall to perform works by Graeme Koehne and Joseph Haydn.

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Evening Concert: Contrasting Fates

An evening with Luke Dollman and the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Kurtag.

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Lunchtime Concert - For The Sheer Joy Of It

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!

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Lunchtime Concert - Organ Recital

An exploration of works for the organ by exciting organist Joshua van Konkelenberg.

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Lunchtime Concert - Saudades Do Brasil

The emotion of saudade is turned into musical form with works by Ernesto Nazareth, Darius Milhaud, Stephen Whittington and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

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Art of Jazz

Join us for an innovative concert featuring three unique student jazz/experimental ensembles from the Elder Conservatorium of Music - KAZIMIERZ, Minnie Little and Friends, and Sauce Code. Free concert – please register here.

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Art of Classical

A program of classical works by Beethoven, Dohnanyi, Handel, Mozart and more. Featuring performances by Martelia Trio, Emmanuel Auciello (guitar), Roisin Linehan (voice) with Joshua van Konkelenberg (piano), and Raindance Trio. Free concert – please register here.

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Lunchtime Concert - She Gave Him Oleander

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.

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Lunchtime Concert - Irving Berlin!

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.

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String Whispers Erhu Concert

Join us for a rare opportunity to explore the beauty of the erhu, one of the most popular traditional Chinese musical instruments.

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Lunchtime Concert - Mercurial Spirit

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.

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Orchestral Open Day

Meet staff and students from the Elder Conservatorium, ask questions and learn about the Classical Performance courses and events we offer.

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Evening Concert - A Night in Havana

Elder Conservatorium jazz trumpet teacher Lazaro Numa was born in Cuba and studied at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music in Havana. In 2019 he toured Europe with the Afro-Cuban Allstars. However, Lazaro is more than just a trumpet player – he brings a wealth of knowledge on piano, valve trombone and all of the Cuban percussion instruments, as well as being a handy singer too! Join Lazaro, the Big Band, and the Latin Ensemble for a night of Danzón, Son, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and more.

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Lunchtime Concert - American Flair

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.

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Lunchtime Concert - Cities of Music

Join Heidi von Bernewitz and Rob Nairn for viola and bass duos, featuring the music of Beethoven and his circle, together with extraordinary new music from Australia and the US. 

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Lunchtime Concert - Exquisite Strings

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.

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Evening Concert - Water Music

Like music, water is essential for life!  It purifies, clarifies, reflects and symbolises so many things in our lives.  And for this Lunchtime concert at least, we give you a slightly different slant to the idea of a ‘liquid lunch’! 

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Lunchtime Concert - Transcendent Beauty

Fanny Hensel has found a place alongside the nineteenth century’s most innovative and relevant lieder composers, side-by-side with giants such as Robert Schumann and her own brother Felix Mendelssohn. 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.

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Evening Concert - Masterpieces

Renowned pianist Konstantin Shamray presents an evening of pianistic masterpieces. At the centrepiece of a prodigious program is Franz Liszt’s impassioned Piano Sonata in B Minor. Now a cornerstone of the repertoire, the work was initially viewed with suspicion by Liszt’s contemporaries – its innovation and sheer virtuosity making it too ahead of its time!

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Mamma Mia!

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father walking her down the aisle. But Sophie doesn’t know who he is!

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Lunchtime Concert - Australian String Quartet

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.

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Celia Craig and Friends - a centenary benefit concert to commemorate Jiri Tancibudek AM (1921-2004)

Friends of the Library present a Jiří Tancibudek centenary benefit recital in the heritage listed Barr Smith Library Reading Room. A not to be missed musical experience for the long weekend with Celia Craig, former Principal Oboe of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and founder of not for profit music production company Artaria.

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Lunchtime Concert - Celebration

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.

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Evening Concert - 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. Versatile vocalist Stephanie Acraman and exciting pianist Liam Wooding are a formidable pairing to tell these stories of the cabaret.

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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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Evening Concert - Guitarissimo

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.

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Lunchtime Concert - 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 in our final concert of the year.

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Evening Concert - Australian String Quartet

What better way to bring the 2021 Evening Concert Series to a close than with a performance by the outstanding Australian String Quartet. An exciting program of works will be announced prior to the concert date.

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Lunchtime Concert - Evolving Spirits


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