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Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor - Mark Shiell

80 Years of Fine Music

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Saturday 27 May 2017, 8.00pm

Hawthorn Arts Centre,
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Beethoven's First

Enjoy a concert encompassing the full range of Romantic era.

We start and finish with works of Beethoven - the Coriolan Overture which expresses the drama in the story of the Roman general Coriolanus, and the First Symphony, which despite its classical form was huge leap from those of Mozart and Haydn, and which alerted Vienna to the genius of the young Beethoven.

In between we feature Jack Schiller, Principal Bassoon with the MSO, who is to play the crowd favourite Weber Concerto, explore one of Wagner's few miniatures, Siegfried Idyll, originally written for the birthday of his wife, Cosima, and introduce the world premiere of a new work by Luke Hutton, the 2017 Zelman Symphony / University of Melbourne Emerging Composer.


Ingrid Martin - guest conductor
Joseph Lallo - guest conductor
Jack Schiller - bassoon


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Beethoven - Coriolan Overture
Luke Hutton - Catching Trains of Thought première
Weber - Bassoon Concerto
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven - Symphony No. 1

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Sunday 25 June 2017, 2.00pm

Hawthorn Arts Centre,
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Boroondara Eisteddfod - Piano Concerto Award Final

In association with the Boroondara Eisteddfod

Support the three amazing young pianists vying for this prestigious award. Who will be the winner of the Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award – now in its 16th year with Zelman Symphony?

Come to an exciting Sunday afternoon concert at Hawthorn Arts Centre to hear the cream of Melbourne's young pianists, accompanied by Zelman Symphony.


Zelman Symphony
featuring pianists Kevin Chow, William Soo & Michael Li
and two special guest conductors: Joshua Geddes & Kevin Cameron


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Verdi - Nabucco: Overture
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30 - 1st movement (Michael Li)
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Opus 16 - 1st, 2nd & 3rd movements (Kevin Chow)
Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 54 - 1st & 3rd movements (William Soo)
Stephen Lebsanft - The Caravansary

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Sunday 17 September 2017, 2.00pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Shostakovich 13 - Babi Yar

Experience the delights of the Elena Kats-Chernin Flute Concerto and Shostakovich’s darkly evocative Symphony No.13, Babi Yar.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko's famous poem, Babi Yar, exposed the massacres by the Nazis of over 110,000 people at Babi Yar, near Kiev, during WWII. It denounced anti-Semitism and protested against the then Soviet Government's refusal to build a memorial. Dmitri Shostakovich set this poem to music in his 13th Symphony, Babi Yar, which will be performed by bass-baritone Adrian Tamburini accompanied by a large orchestra and a 200-voice male chorus. It will be the centrepiece of this concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of these horrendous events at Babi Yar.

The strongly emotive yet delightfully melodic Elena Kats-Chernin Flute Concerto, Night and Now, references Elena's early years in Soviet-era Russia. It was composed for leading Australian flautist Sally Walker, and premiered in Victoria by Zelman Symphony to great acclaim in 2015. Zelman Symphony is proud to be able to bring this beautiful work to the Hamer Hall stage.


Mark Shiell - conductor
Adrian Tamburini - bass-baritone
Sally Walker - flute
Wilma Smith - guest concertmaster
Nicholas Cowall - chorusmaster


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Harry Sdraulig - Crossway for Orchestra - World Premiere
Elena Kats-Chernin - Flute Concerto Night and Now
Commemoration and Reading of the Babi Yar poem
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 13 Babi Yar

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Saturday 2 December 2017, 7.30pm

Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Hoang's Piano Concerto Concert

with Zelman Symphony

This concert features Hoang Pham, the 2013 ABC Young Performer of the Year, playing two famous piano works in the one concert at the request of his faithful supporters. Following his electric performances of the Emperor Concerto and Tchaikovsky's first Piano Concerto with us, Hoang invited Zelman Symphony to accompany him at Melbourne Recital Centre - we agreed with alacrity!  Thanks Hoang!

The concert opens with Brahms' Academic Festival Overture written in 1880 to thank the University of Breslau for giving him an honorary doctorate degree.  It is a fun-filled series of student drinking songs including the triumphant finale 'Gaudeamus igitur'.

Hoang will then climb the heights of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini - the mere mention of Paganini ensures fireworks and a brilliant performance.

Then it is back to Brahms for his well-loved Piano Concerto No 1, a brilliant symphonic-like piano concerto which will have you on the edge of your seats.


Mark Shiell - conductor
Hoang Pham - piano


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Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1

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Details of our full 2017 Concert Season will be announced in January 2017.

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