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Newsletter No 2: 2013 Season

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From the President: Allison Summers

Mahler 8 – WOW! What else can I say? I send a huge thank you for their massive contributions to all the performers and volunteers who worked so hard to make Mahler 8 such a success. Thanks and congratulations to Mark Shiell for his 'mad' idea and great leadership. I must also thank George Deutsch who managed the entire project throughout and thanks also go to our audiences.

Whilst our November concerts bring 2013 to a close, we still have one more celebration of our 80th Birthday! Please join us at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl at 5pm on Saturday 22 February 2014 for an outstanding program including one of my favourite tympani parts – Russlan and Ludmilla.

With the festive season upon us, I wish everyone a safe, happy and very musical season and best wishes for 2014.

Allison Summers,
President, ZMSO Inc

Player Profile: Ernest Lo

Ernest came to Australia in 1997 from Hong Kong. He began learning the violin at the age of five and trombone at age nine. After choosing to continue with the violin, he completed the grade eight examination as part of the Royal School of Music Training. After finishing his studies and gaining Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) professional status, he entered into the finance profession and has worked in several corporations.

In 2006, Ernest discovered and played for the first time with Zelman Symphony at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Centenary concert that featured Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Ernest still remembers the rush of adrenaline, having loved this piece for many years, the experience moved him to tears. He has been playing with Zelman Symphony ever since.

At the end of 2009, Ernest joined the Zelman committee and was appointed Treasurer. To Ernest, managing a community group's finances is far more challenging than his day job because for a community performing arts group, every dollar and cent counts. Ernest also helps to run Zelman's Facebook pages.

Outside work and orchestra, Ernest is a keen traveller. He has travelled through Europe to visit many composers' homes and museums. Ernest also loves going to concerts and SCUBA diving. In 2009, together with friends, he co-founded the Harmonia Quartet and they perform at various ceremonies and celebratory occasions.

Ernest believes, "Only in music, can one find peace, freedom and liberation".

Season 2014 Review

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

We conclude our 80th Anniversary celebrations by giving a curtain-raiser performance in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl before the MSO’s free open air concert later that night. This is by invitation from the MSO to celebrate our joint origins 107 years ago. The concert will feature Russian favourites:

  • Glinka - Overture: Russlan and Ludmilla
  • Rachmaninov - Vocalise (Orchestral version)
  • Tchaikovsky - Capriccio Italien
  • Khachaturian - Spartacus: Suite No. 2

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

Sunday 30 March: 2:00 pm, Daylesford Town Hall

Saturday 5 April: 8:00 pm, Xavier College - regular concert

Sunday 15 June, 2:00 pm, Hawthorn Arts Centre - Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award final

Saturday 20 Sept: 8:00 pm, Xavier College - regular concert

Sunday 28 Sept: 2:00 pm, Deakin Edge, Fed Square - 1 hour free concert

Saturday 6 Dec: 8:00 pm, Xavier College - regular concert

Note: Dates may change due to venue availability - Check our website for confirmed dates next January.

Message from the Artistic Director

Our Mahler 8 weekend is one I will never forget. I think we have challenged and broadened all notions of what a community orchestra is. The innovative ideas that our orchestra members put forward and their unanimous desire to be challenged and to raise standards helped us develop processes which have meant that we never hear words anymore like "we can't do that because we are just a community orchestra". The notion that 'community' means only one thing has well and truly passed.


Mahler 8 with 580 people on stage at Melbourne Town Hall

It's impossible (for me at any rate) to walk away from the Mahler and not ask the question "where to from here?" I know that I want to see the orchestra continue to grow in standard, excitement and innovation. Our audiences have grown. We are in a wonderful position now to continue our growth into an orchestra loved by its community. After this we will not just return to any sense of relaxed normality. We aim to challenge ourselves to make the remainder of our 80th year our personal and collective musical best.

Mark Shiell,
Conductor and Artistic Director, ZMSO Inc

Praise for Mahler 8

"I was blown away by the magnitude of this project and by the incredible talents which brought it to fruition."

"In all my years with Zelman, the performances of Mahler 8 on Saturday and Sunday are quite clearly Zelman Orchestra's greatest musical achievement. What will you think of next?!"

"What a triumph! I must say I was one of the sceptics at your choice of programme initially - but I eat my words - it was a fantastic performance."

"You should feel justly proud of a job extremely well done. The audience's applause, I am sure, delivered a clear message of appreciation."

"The success of the performances is a wonderful and proud testament of the professionalism (and blood, sweat and tears) that goes on behind the scenes. It will be an event that I will remember with great fondness from now and into the future."

"Thanks. Words cannot express what I have experienced this weekend."


Artistic Director Mark Shiell takes a well-earned bow

Restoration of Historic Celeste

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Kew and Kew East Community Bendigo Banks, we will be able to fully restore our historic Celeste. The Celeste was first invented by Auguste Mustel in France in 1886. Ours was owned by Alberto Zelman Jnr himself. Dating back to circa 1890, it is an early example made by Mustel. It now needs a major restoration to give it another 100 years of life. Thanks to Bendigo Bank, the restoration will be undertaken by experts under the direction of Rodney Reynolds, a good friend of Zelman Symphony who restored his harmonium for our recent Mahler 8 concerts.

Our Celeste with its travelling case generously funded by Bendigo Bank in 2011 This $9,900 grant from the Community Enterprise FoundationTM is being given to us as part of the Bank's charter to return 50% of its profits to the community. Please contact George Prodromidis, Manager of Kew East branch at 661A High St Kew, 9859 7699 for all your banking needs and mention Zelman Symphony: you and Zelman Symphony will both benefit.

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