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Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor - Rick Prakhoff

Fine Music since 1933

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Saturday 1 September 2018, 8.00pm

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

From the Old World to the New

Our concert explores connections between three continents.

Czech composer Dvořák spent many years in the United States, reflected in his American Suite. Whilst there, he encouraged a new generation of US composers. Samuel Barber was one – his heartfelt Adagio for Strings will be followed by his Canzonetta for Oboe. At short notice, we are delighted to have Thomas Hutchinson, Associate Principal Oboe at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as soloist. A graduate of ANAM and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, he will also perform the Oboe Concerto by another Czech composer, Martinů, who was forced to flee to the States during World War II. It was written for Czech-Australian oboist Jiří Tancibudek for the opening of Melbourne’s Olympic Games in 1956.

We are proud to present a premiere work by a young Australian composer, Chris Pickering, the Zelman Symphony – Melbourne University Emerging Composer for 2018.

We end this evening back in the Old World with Dvořák’s lyrical Symphony No.8 which was inspired by Czech folk music.


Rick Prakhoff - conductor
Thomas Hutchinson - oboe


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Dvořák – American Suite
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Barber – Canzonetta for Oboe & Strings
Martinů – Oboe Concerto
Chris Pickering – The Straightened Arrow
Dvořák – Symphony No.8

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Saturday 1 December 2018, 8.00pm

Performing Arts Centre,
Camberwell Grammar School,
55 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury.

End Games

In our last concert for 2018, we feature the culmination of Germanic Classical and Romantic expression with Haydn’s and Brahms' last symphonies and Strauss' Four Last Songs, each one a masterwork in its own right.

We are thrilled to present expatriate Australian soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart, an acclaimed Strauss and Wagner interpreter. She has sung in major opera houses in Hamburg, Berlin, Paris and Sydney and at the Bayreuth Festival.

Haydn’s final symphony, the London, was composed while he was living in the British capital. And Brahms’ monumental Fourth Symphony is acknowledged as one of the most masterful examples of this form.


Rick Prakhoff - conductor
Miriam Gordon-Stewart - soprano


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Haydn – Symphony No.104 London
Strauss – Four Last Songs
Brahms – Symphony No.4

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