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Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor - Mark Shiell

80 Years of Fine Music

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Our next concert:

Saturday 3 December 2016, 8.00pm

Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre,
Xavier College, Barkers Road, Kew

Scandinavian Masterpieces

Grieg and Sibelius are the two greatest exponents of Scandinavian music, and we have pleasure in presenting their most popular and well-loved works.

Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite and Piano Concerto are both heavily influenced by Norwegian folk songs and dance. We welcome one of Australia's’ foremost pianists, Stefan Cassomenos, who will delight you as his fingers dance across the keyboard in the Piano Concerto.

May Lyon is the 2016 Zelman Symphony / University of Melbourne Emerging Composer, and is a Master's student of Dr. Katy Abbott at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. May's work has the theme of "The Three Norns" (female goddesses) from Norse mythology, otherwise known as The Three Fates, and will feature guest violinist and violist, Kat Tsyrlin.

ABC FM lists Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in the top 10 of the 100 favourite classical works of all time! This symphony has more of a nationalistic character and will provide a triumphal conclusion to the concert.

Mark Shiell will present a pre-concert talk in the auditorium commencing 7.30pm.


Mark Shiell - conductor
Stefan Cassomenos - piano
Kat Tsyrlin - violin, viola


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Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
May Lyon - Nornir Concerto for Viola to Violin
Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor
Sibelius - Symphony No. 2

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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 - World Premiere of a new work
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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