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Newsletter No 2: 2012 Season

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From the President: Allison Summers

I am delighted to report that this season has opened with highly successful sell-out concerts at Daylesford and Xavier. People said they were our best concerts in a long time. Our exuberant soloist, David Griffiths was absolutely fantastic. And we received a glowing review in the Daylesford Advocate. It starts: "The concert performed at the Daylesford Town Hall by the Zelman Orchestra last month was an outstanding success, with a large audience enjoying the well constructed and entertaining Pastoral Fantasy program. Conductor Mark Shiell demonstrated great skill in directing the players in his charge, keeping the large ensemble rhythmically secure while maintaining the desired balance of sound."

We are excited that we have been invited to play at Federation Square as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. Please come and support us for this exciting free concert on Sunday 28th October from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

Mark Shiell recently spoke to a Probus Club after which they booked 28 seats for the 15 September concert and 38 seats for 1 December. His lecture was obviously well received. Contact Mark if you would like him to talk to your club.

Allison Summers,
President, ZMSO Inc

From the Artistic Director: Mark Shiell

I always enjoy talking with you, our audience, at interval and at the end of our concerts. I have been very happy to hear you talk excitedly about our recent concerts and the growth and development of the orchestra. We are working to give our best to the music and it is wonderful to receive your enthusiastic feedback for the 'orchestra's rising standards' and also for the 'terrific soloists' we have had recently. As Zelman Symphony’s Artistic Director I feel that the journey has just begun but that we are certainly gathering pace and momentum.

As a 'Community Orchestra' I believe that we must represent the 'whole community'. This means embracing all levels of musicians capable of participating. A community contains amateur musicians, aspiring young musicians and professional musicians (both current and retired). All of these groups bring special qualities. The definition of 'amateur' is 'one who does something for love'. This is an extremely important quality to have pervading the orchestra. I hope that our rehearsals make 'amateurs' of us all! From professional musicians we gain invaluable experience and skill. We are excited that more and more such players are finding their way to Zelman. Young musicians are the future. I believe that a vital part of the role we play in the community is to encourage and mentor younger players on their musical journeys. Making room for players in all of these categories is the challenge which we have undertaken for the future of the orchestra. It also challenges us to keep raising our standards.

As we move into our 80th birthday year I hope that Maestro Alberto Zelman, who was a man of high standards, might smile upon us as we continue in the quest to grow Zelman Symphony into a great orchestra that is representative of its community and one which plays with the highest possible commitment to the music.

One final word: keep your eyes open for the release of the 2013 season. Our 80th birthday year is going to be our most extraordinary ever!!!

David Griffith's Encore

Those of you who were fortunate enough to hear David Griffiths play with us on 31st March (wasn’t he brilliant!) might like to know that the encore was the Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Small Orchestra. It is attributed to Rossini but there is some doubt as to whether he wrote it himself or a student wrote it.

Zelman Symphony's 2012 Season

Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award Final: Sunday 17 June 2 pm MLC Kew

The annual Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award Final – Free concert. You must reserve seats via our website or call the Council: 9278 4770.

Beethoven – Overture: Coriolan
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No.3 (1st & 3rd movements - David Soo)
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No.3 (2nd & 3rd movements - Konrad Olszewski)
Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1 (1st movement - Michael Li)
Brahms - Hungarian Dances

Forbidden Love: Saturday 15th September, Xavier, 8:00pm

British Pianist, Julian Jacobson

Julian Jacobson is acknowledged as one of Britain’s top pianists at present. He is Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at London’s Royal College of Music and a Steinway Artist. Julian thrilled our audience last September and we are delighted to be able to present him to you again this year.

Wagner - Tristan and Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet: Suite No. 1

Czech Please! Saturday 1st December, Xavier, 8.00pm

Cellist, Zoë Knighton returns after 5 years.

A founding member of the Flinders Quartet, Zoë has toured internationally through Sweden, Canada and the UK and appears regularly at Australian festivals as well as the Quartet’s own celebrated subscription series.

Dvořàk - Cello Concerto
Dvořàk - Symphony No 8
New work by David Keeffe, 2012 Zelman Symphony Melbourne University Emerging Composer.

New Work Commissioned by ZMSO

David Keeffe, 2012 Emerging Composer

"I always look to my most recent work as my career's success," says David Keeffe, this year's Zelman Emerging Composer. "Community groups playing new music is very dear to my heart. Despite the conservatism of some professional and community ensembles, this Zelman/Melbourne initiative shows that at least one group is prepared to take a risk!"

Now in its third year, this award is given each year to Melbourne University's outstanding composition student who then has a work performed by ZMSO.

Although he 'earns his crust' as an IT consultant, David has been a composer and musician since his early teens. Having met Benjamin Britten at the age of six, it's not surprising something would rub off. He acquired his musical and IT skills at York University having the opportunity there to merge the two.

David also had great success as a Horn soloist and orchestra principal, two highlights from these early years being playing Strauss's Second Horn Concerto and the Horn obbligato in Mahler's 5th Symphony.

Since emigrating to Australia with his family in his early thirties, David has been inspired to compose prolifically as well as further his post graduate music studies. His works have been premiered by amateur and professional ensembles including the MSO. One of his proudest moments in Australia, was the massed performance of his Horn Octet where he shared the stage with the likes of Barry Tuckwell, Ben Jacks and Jeff Nelsen.

David continues the musical dynasty with his wife and two daughters and still enjoys playing in community ensembles. We welcome him as this year’s awardee and look forward to performing his work in December.

Player Profile: Allison Summers

Allison was the first percussion student for many years at MLC and attended many State Music Camps concentrating on classical music. After completing Year 12, she went to TAFE to 'taste-test' all the other genres of music before returning to classical music thus gaining a Bachelor of Music at Monash University and then completing an Integration Aide traineeship. Since starting full-time work some 14 years ago as an administrator in the real estate industry, she has also completed Diplomas in Business Administration, Management and Human Resources at Swinburne University via correspondence and 'night-school'.

Allison has been a member of the percussion section in the Victorian Concert Orchestra, Melbourne Sinfonia and the 4th/19th Lighthorse Army Reserve Band. She joined Zelman Symphony in 1992 at the recommendation of one her school music teachers and has been Tympanist from the start. She joined the Committee in 2002, became Secretary in 2007 and President in 2008. Allison also volunteers with Neighbourhood Watch Victoria and has held various positions since 1992, including Vice President since early 2011 and Acting President (February to April 2012). Also, Allison has been the volunteer Database Manager and the Editor of the Blackburn Village Residents Group’s quarterly publication since 2008.

Allison was raised with classical music all around her and can just remember playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star standing on the kitchen stool in the lounge room with her Grandfather, Gordon Craig, on his Deagan Marimba - her introduction to percussion. She also fondly remembers sitting on the lounge floor with her Mum, open fire roaring and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Sibelius' Finlandia and her favourite, Elgar's Nimrod from Enigma Variations playing for all the neighbourhood to hear. You may remember seeing a large Gong at Zelman Symphony concerts; this hand beaten gong was imported by Gordon from Siam (now Thailand) and was the 'gong the King hit' in the first Melbourne production of The King and I.

Gordon was Tympanist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for 42 years (retiring just before Allison was born in 1973) and this is Allison's 21st year as Tympanist with the ZMSO - she is half way there! Outside music, Allison loves 4 Wheel Driving in the Victorian High Country, photography and gardening.

And a final editors note: Allison has recently been selected to participate in Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Education Week Symphony in a Day with a large orchestra comprising 40 MSO musicians plus many people from ZMSO and other community orchestras. This will fulfil a childhood dream of playing Tympani in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in the Melbourne Town Hall, just as her Grandfather did.

Bookings now open for the rest of our 2012 Concerts

We are thrilled that our last three concerts were sold-out. Bookings for our remaining 2012 concerts are open and one-third of the seats have already been sold for the 15 September concert at Xavier.

To book, go to our website or call 9853-1962. You are also advised to reserve seats for the Free Concert on 17 June as seats at MLC must be reserved (book via our website but please note phone bookings are not possible through ZMSO).

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