Events: Elder Conservatorium of Music

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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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Lunchtime Concert - Evolving Spirits

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 transcendental 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.

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Lunchtime Concert - Dedication

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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Lunchtime Concert - Of Mythic Proportions

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. Melbourne composer Calvin Bowman’s Fantasia super ‘Christ ist Erstanden’ was written specially for today’s performers, Kristian and Sophie. 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.

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