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Newsletter No 1: 2012 Season

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From the President: Allison Summers

2011 was a great year of development for Zelman Symphony. We hope to consolidate the gains we made and give you all a fabulous season in 2012.

  • Last year, we grew into and got to know our new home at Xavier’s Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre. And we are delighted that Xavier has said they are "happy to continue our association throughout 2012 and hopefully the years ahead".
  • We were delighted to hear reports from you, our audience, saying that our standard is improving. We have certainly been working hard to deliver high standard concerts for your enjoyment.
  • Our playing, our program selections, our outstanding soloists, our new venue and our publicity programs have all combined to create sell-out concerts and to grow the membership of Friends-of-Zelman.
  • Bookings for all three concerts at Xavier are now open and we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment and to get the best seats.

2012 sees the return of three outstanding soloists you have enjoyed. Thank you for your support and we look forward to playing even better for you in 2012.

Allison Summers,
President, ZMSO Inc

In Memoriam: Donald Hancock 1927-2012

Don Hancock passed away on 18 January 2012. A devoted member of Zelman Symphony, he played to the end. It is with gratitude that we remember his substantial contributions to the orchestra over 66 years and offer our sincere condolences to his family.

Don joined Zelman Symphony in 1946 and was leader from 1982 to 2000. He has been Vice President and was always a true gentleman and friend to all.

When we started producing these Audience Newsletters in 2010, as longest serving member of the orchestra, Don was naturally the first person to have a Player Profile published. Following is an edited version of that Profile.

"When I was in third grade, we were told that a music teacher was coming to teach the ukelele. I told my father that I wanted to learn. He wisely suggested the violin. I was sent to a very gracious lady, Miss Ivy Easton, who took me successfully through the AMEB grades.

"I joined the orchestra as a teenager in 1946 playing in the back desk of the 2nd violins under conductor Herbert Davis and leader Connie Ziebell. I vividly recall wonderful performances of the Messiah in the Melbourne Town Hall with the Malvern Choral Society and leading soloists Elsie Morrison and William Herbert.

"In 1982, I was appointed leader and, after some memorable years under conductor Philip Carrington, I stepped down in 2000. A highlight of this period was the 50th Anniversary Concert when we played Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Mozart’s Concertone for two violins with Paul McDermott and Leon La Gruta as soloists."

In Memoriam: Eda Schurmann OAM 1914-2011

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Eda Schurmann, a long time supporter of Zelman Symphony.

Our sincere condolences to her son Allan and his wife Bev. By happy coincidence, we had already arranged to publish in this Audience Newsletter Allan’s player profile in which he recognises his mother’s musical influence.

Bookings now open for all three concerts at Xavier

We are thrilled that our last two concerts were full houses. And, given the calibre of our soloists and the selection of works we will play for you in 2012, we hope our concerts this year will also be sell-outs.

In a new departure for Zelman Symphony, to make it easier for you to book for our concerts, bookings for all three concerts to be held at Xavier College in 2012 are now open.

  • For on-line bookings using Visa or Mastercard, go to .
  • For phone bookings using Visa or Mastercard, telephone our volunteer on 9853 1962.
  • For mail bookings by cheque only (no later than 10 days before a concert), download and complete the mail booking form, or send a cheque with your name, address, email address if possible, phone number, preferred seating location and details of each class of ticket you are requesting and for which concert(s) to:
Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra Inc.,
PO Box 408, Kew East, Victoria, 3102.

2012 Ticket prices (including Trybooking or box office fees) are:

Adult: $30
Concession: $25 (includes seniors card holders)
Children under 16: $5.

Zelman Symphony's 2012 Season

We are delighted to announce final details of our exciting 2012 season. This series is a chance to hear three fabulous soloists, two of whom are coming back after having wowed our audiences at sell-out concerts in the last two years! And the third played with us a few years ago to much acclaim.

Pastoral Fantasy: Saturday 31st March, Xavier, 8:00pm

Clarinettist, David Griffiths, will play with us again. Those of you who heard David play the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with us in 2010 will certainly want to come again!
Also on Sunday 25 March, 2 pm, at Daylesford Town Hall.

Rossini - William Tell: Overture
Weber - Clarinet Concerto No. 2
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 Pastoral

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

Free concert. Hear three passionate young pianists compete for this prestigious award.

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

British Pianist, Julian Jacobson, returns by popular demand following our sell-out concert last September.

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. Zoë is very well known and loved here and internationally.

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

Three Wonderful Soloists Return

David Griffiths, Clarinettist – Saturday 31 March

We kick off season 2012 with effervescent internationally renowned Melbourne clarinettist, David Griffiths, playing Weber’s wonderful second Clarinet Concerto. Hailed by the Detroit Free Press for his “rhythmic vivacity,” “wit” and ”dark singing tone”, dynamic Australian Clarinettist, David Griffiths, has entertained audiences across the world with his engaging, high energy performances.

David made his Carnegie Hall Debut in February 2000. He has been Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Principal Clarinettist with many other orchestras.

Julian Jacobson, Pianist – Saturday 15 September

In September, we will again accompany Julian Jacobson, this time playing Rachmaninov’s tremendous Piano Concerto No 2. Julian 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.

Zoë Knighton, Cellist – Saturday 1 December

And what better way to round off the year than with Flinders Quartet’s wonderful cellist, Zoë Knighton, playing the Dvořàk Cello Concerto!

Zoë is at the forefront of a new generation of performer, intent on forging an innovative path for the enjoyment of 'classical' music. A founding member of the Flinders Quartet, she 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.

Bookings are now open for all concerts at Xavier. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

Player Profile: Allan Schurmann. 50 years with ZMSO

I was born in Melbourne in 1942 into a very musical family. My father was a good amateur cellist, my mother a leading piano teacher in Melbourne. My sister is a concert pianist and a Professor of Piano Studies and Senior Piano Tutor at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany.

After studying piano as a child, I took up the clarinet in my early teens and enjoyed playing in the Junior Symphony Orchestra under Stuart Wilkie and in chamber ensembles with family and friends. With the encouragement of my clarinet tutor, Isobel Carter, I joined the Zelman Orchestra in 1961. My 50 years (so far) with Zelman have been most enjoyable. One highlight was forming the Zelman Wind Quintet (now defunct) from the principal wind players in the Orchestra; we performed regularly around Melbourne with one memorable performance of an Ibert Wind Quintet in the Melbourne Concert Hall. I have been privileged to serve as Zelman’s Honorary Secretary and President and am still on the committee.

I have played in pit orchestras of amateur shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria. For several years, I played Bass Clarinet in the Eltham Concert Band and this is currently my instrument of choice with Zelman. I also play in a Clarinet Quartet which has, for many years, given concerts to retirement and nursing homes and regional musical societies.

I am a retired Superannuation Manager. My working life was evenly split between Western Mining Corporation Limited and AXA (formerly National Mutual Life Association).

Away from playing music, I enjoy family activities and travelling with my wife, Bev. I am a keen golfer, I enjoy opera, jazz, theatre and the challenge of cryptic crosswords.

Friends of Zelman

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