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Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor - Mark Shiell
Leader - Mary Johnston

80 Years of Fine Music

Our next concerts:

Saturday 5 March 2016, 8.00pm

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

Winter Daydreams

We begin our 2016 season with a spectacular combination of Tchaikovsky Firsts. His thrilling first piano concerto, once considered 'unplayable', sits alongside his beautiful, evocative and exciting first symphony.

Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto is amongst the best known of all piano concertos and one of his most popular works. We are delighted to welcome back Hoang Pham, one of Australia's most exciting young musicians, to play the concerto he performed so brilliantly to win the 2013 Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award. We enjoyed playing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with him so much that we couldn’t wait to get him back!

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams, is his earliest notable composition - in 1883, he wrote that "although it is in many ways very immature, yet fundamentally it has more substance and is better than many of my other more mature works."

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

Artists

Mark Shiell - conductor
Hoang Pham - piano

Tickets

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Program

Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1 Winter Daydreams

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Saturday 21 May 2016, 8.00pm

Hawthorn Arts Centre,
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Young Romantics

Romanticism and its focus on the individual artist as a creative hero emerges through the almost blinding brilliance contained in the Symphonies of Beethoven. Each one is a pearl and a world unto itself. These works foreshadow the words of Mahler speaking a century later to Sibelius saying that a symphony should contain the whole world!

Into the very large shoes of Beethoven stepped many others of creative genius during the flowering of the Romantic Period. This concert features the the genius of Mendelssohn with his dark and beautiful Hebrides concert overture and his E minor violin concerto, one of the most popular violin concertos of all time. Joseph Joachim, the great violinist and pupil of Mendelssohn, when speaking of the four great German Violin Concertos (Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch and Mendelssohn) said that “… but the dearest of them all, the heart’s jewel, is the Mendelssohn.” Kathryn Taylor will be our fine soloist in the Mendelssohn.

Beethoven wrote that his Symphony No.7 is one of his greatest works. Wagner called it the "apotheosis of the dance”, that its swift and unexpected changes and contrasts excite the imagination. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we will enjoy playing it for you.

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

Artists

Mark Shiell - conductor
Kathryn Taylor - violin

Tickets

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Program

Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7

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Sunday 19 June 2016, 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 15th 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.

Artists

Mark Shiell - conductor

Tickets

Although this is a free concert, bookings will be essential. We will advise when tickets become available.

Program

The Program and finalists will be announced closer to the event.

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Saturday 10 September 2016, 8.00pm

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

This concert will feature some of the best known American music of the 20th Century from the serious to the whimsical. We will pay homage to some of America’s most iconic composers, Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin, who, as American music came of age, were influenced both by the country's unique history and the infectious popularity of jazz.

Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet was composed for Benny Goodman who gave the premiere in 1950 – what a star to be following! To play this evocative work, we welcome Philip Arkinstall, Associate Principal Clarinet with the MSO.

George Gershwin composed his Cuban Overture in 1932 after holidaying there. You will recognise many Caribbean rhythms and native Cuban percussion themes featured in this overture.

And of course, we all know and love Porgy and Bess and West Side Story. We will revel in the American dream, a culture of great Musicals and music that we can now enjoy outside the theatre.

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

Artists

Mark Shiell - conductor
Philip Arkinstall - clarinet

Tickets

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Program

Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin arr Bennett - Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture
Copland - Concerto for Clarinet
Gershwin - Cuban Overture
Bernstein - West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

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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.

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.

Artists

Mark Shiell - conductor
Stefan Cassomenos - piano

Tickets

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Program

Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor
Sibelius - Symphony No. 2

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