Discovery Lecture Series

Broadcaster and conductor, Graham Abbott

Broadcaster and conductor, Graham Abbott

Music for Everyone!

The opportunity to indulge your passion for music and visual art - and deepen your understanding of the relationship between both – is available to everyone through the Discovery lecture recitals presented by the Elder Conservatorium of Music Open Music Academy.

The Open Music Academy is dedicated to enriching the musical experience and enjoyment of South Australians of all ages through instrumental teaching, master classes, concerts and other educational activities. The Academy’s work is made possible by the generosity and vision of private donors and supported by the University of Adelaide.

Hosted by renowned broadcaster and conductor Graham Abbott, the Discovery series is an entertaining cultural experience that runs in a friendly, interactive and informal format; no previous musical experience required!

Developed in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia the Elder Connections sessions explore two themes:

Women in a Man’s World celebrates the important but, until recently, underappreciated contribution of female composers to the musical repertoire. (Be prepared to make some exciting and beautiful musical discoveries!)

East meets West takes an engaging look at the – again underestimated - influence of Asian cultures on Western music. A focus on the luscious scores of Puccini, Debussy and others will give you a renewed appreciation of the exotic influences in this popular music.

The French Connections series, presented in the intimate setting of the University of Adelaide’s Hartley Concert Room, provides an historical perspective of the magnificent music of French composers from the Middle Ages to the present day. Running over four sessions, you will hear gorgeous music – familiar and unfamiliar – and learn much about the colourful characters and times that brought it forth.

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