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Newsletter No 1: 2013 Season

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From the President: Allison Summers

I cannot express how excited I am to be a part of Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra this year! We have reached a huge milestone and our amazing conductor and Artistic Director, Mark Shiell, is ensuring that no one will forget our celebrations.

To mark the start of our 80th year, we will stage the biggest production in Zelman Symphony's history - our own Mount Everest to climb – Mahler’s 8th Symphony. This production will be a mix of amateur musicians with a strong foundation of top professionals vocal soloist as well as guest principals in the orchestra. This colossal and challenging performance will, as far as we know, be the first EVER performance of Mahler 8 by a community orchestra and it will be an excellent way of celebrating our 80th year and demonstrating the incredible talent we have!

We will cap off our anniversary celebrations with a first for ZMSO by giving a concert in the Myer Music Bowl on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 5pm as the ‘curtain raiser’ to the traditional MSO free concert later that evening. This invitation from the MSO is to jointly mark our common origins and to help us celebrate our 80th anniversary, was a great surprise and we look forward to sharing the stage 'with our other half'.

Allison Summers,
President, ZMSO Inc

Player Profile: Anne Byrne

There had always been music in Anne's family. As well as the cello, violin and piano at home, she received excellent violin tuition from the Sisters at her school. One, Sister Madeleine, was the granddaughter of Peter Lalor of Eureka Stockade fame.

After leaving school, Anne joined the Loreto Sisters, a 400 year old English order devoted to justice, but particularly, the education of women. This and her completion of a Bachelor of Music degree at the Melbourne Conservatorium, were to set the course for the rest of her working life.

Anne has taught at Loreto schools in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Ballarat. As well as directing music programs at these schools, with all that entails, including classes, orchestras, ensembles and musical productions, she taught a wide range of other subjects. One particular highlight of her extensive career, was her first hand introduction to the Kodaly Method of music education in its source country, Hungary. She was able to put this highly effective and international renowned method to good use in primary schools.

Anne has experienced a lot of beautiful music through involvement in interstate orchestras as well as the Ballarat Light Opera. She has learned a good deal, from her 24 years at ZMSO, especially from the variety of conductors since Philip Carrington. She feels that over that time, the orchestra’s standard and numbers has risen to new heights; something which is there for all to see. Today she plays a violin made for her by Adelaide instrument maker, Rex Thompson.

In 1992 Anne did the Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy and worked in this field for ten years until going to Loreto’s Timor Leste mission in 2006. Now, apart from the two orchestras she plays in, U3A and Zelman, she conducts the parish choir at Blackburn and for relaxation, paints in water colour.

Orchestra Sponsorship

We are looking for businesses to join our current group of incredible sponsors for our 80th Anniversary Season! Give your business the extra exposure it needs by tapping into your target audience at Zelman Symphony concerts. Showing support for our thriving orchestra, steeped in history and today continuing to enrich the life of the community, would be a most positive association for your organisation.

If you know someone who would like promotion for their business by supporting Zelman Symphony, we can offer a tailored package to suit their budget and promotional needs. Contact us via Publicity Email.

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Our 80th Birthday Celebrations

The first Zelman Symphony concert was held on 30th September 1933 in the Melbourne Town Hall. The program featured Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Elgar's Enigma Variations and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with a choir of 180 voices.

We considered repeating that program to celebrate our 80th anniversary but our ever optimistic and visionary Artistic Director, Mark Shiell, had other ideas! So, we are going to celebrate in style by returning to our original home, the Melbourne Town Hall, to give two performances of Mahler's 8th Symphony, the largest Choral Symphony ever written, also known as ''The Symphony of a Thousand''. Mahler's 8th is rarely performed because of the huge resources required and was last performed in Melbourne over 10 years ago.

We will have a choir of over 400 voices, a children's choir, an orchestra of 120 including a number of top professionals as Guest Principals, eight Opera Australia principals as soloists, and of course the Grand Organ.

The soloists are some of the biggest names on the Australian and international operatic stage: Rosamund Illing, Antoinette Halloran, Liane Keegan, Nicole Car, Karen Van Spall, Jason Wasley, Andrew Jones and Adrian Tamburini.

This enormous community effort will include the voices of Melbourne choral groups: Essendon Choral Society, Heidelberg Choral Society, Monash University Choral Society, Southern Voices (adult and children’s choirs), Star Chorale and Victoria Chorale.

Book early to avoid missing out! Full details at Concerts/Mahler8.


Melbourne Town Hall's Grand Organ

We are most grateful to the City of Melbourne for providing us with a generous grant for Community use of the Melbourne Town Hall for Mahler 8.

Zelman Symphony's 80th Anniversary Season

Sunday 16 June 2 pm MLC Kew:

The annual Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award Final – Free concert.

Saturday 21 September, 8.00pm - Melbourne Town Hall

Sunday 22 September, 4:30pm - Melbourne Town Hall

Mahler - Symphony No 8

Saturday 30 November, 8pm - EHPAC, Xavier College

Ben Martin - piano

New work by Zelman Symphony Melbourne University Emerging Composer for 2013.
Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

Saturday 22 Feb 2014, 5pm to 6pm - Myer Music Bowl

Curtain raiser to MSO’s concert that evening.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s free concerts at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Image courtesy of MSO website.

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