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Newsletter No 1: 2014 Season

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From the President: Allison Summers

What an opening to 2014 with our first ever performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl! It was a thrilling evening, a huge adrenaline rush and a fitting conclusion to our 80th Anniversary celebrations.

I will end my six year Presidency in May and must thank you, our audience, for your support and encouragement. I will remain on the committee but will enjoy a break from the presidential rigours and focus more on playing (my real love).

I want to thank Mark Shiell and Mary Johnson for their musical leadership over the last four years during which the standard of the orchestra has improved markedly and we have climbed some amazing mountains. And a big thank you to the Committee for their unwavering support and dedication to the management of the Orchestra. And special thanks to Ray (Stage Manager) and Chris (Catering) for all your support over many years (and for arranging your holidays around us).

Allison Summers,
President, ZMSO Inc

Message from the Artistic Director

Welcome to our 2014 concert season!

We are thoroughly enjoying our preparations for this year. It's a particular joy to welcome back brilliant violinist Ji Won Kim and also fast rising stars, Hoang Pham and Andrew Kawai.

Since the last newsletter we have been very busy. Our concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was unforgettable! The orchestra received a lot of excellent feedback about its performance. It's an extraordinary time to be involved in the ZMSO. Almost every single week we receive applications from new players. Enthusiasm is very high. The wonderful thing from my point of view is seeing the members of the orchestra so motivated to play at their absolute best. It's a joy to be their Artistic Director and Conductor.

2014 is going to be a great year for Zelman Symphony with exciting concerts coming up. 2015 is also shaping up to be another year of highlights. Thank you for supporting us, I hope you enjoy this year’s fantastic music and our wonderful soloists.

Mark Shiell,
Conductor and Artistic Director, ZMSO Inc

Huge Thanks to the MSO

Zelman Symphony made history on 22nd February playing at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl to by far its largest audience ever.

The very first MSO was formed in 1906 by our very own Alberto Zelman Jnr. We are deeply grateful to the MSO for its invitation to mark the joint origins of the two orchestras and complete our 80th Anniversary celebrations by giving this curtain raiser concert in the Music Bowl.


Zelman Symphony making history playing before an enthusiastic audience of over 7000 people on 22nd February 2014.

Volunteers Please

We desperately need more volunteers to help with ushering and with setting up, serving and clearing interval supper at our Xavier concerts.

Can you help or do you know someone who might be interested? Volunteers receive a free ticket to see most of the concert.

For more information, please send us an Email.

Player Profile: George Deutsch

George is an enthusiastic Zelman viola player. He took up the viola when he started moving into retirement. When young, he had played the violin but had put it aside while he was busy raising a family and being an engineer. Some eight years ago, a gift of a beautiful viola by a family member reminded him how much he regretted not playing, and he plunged into lessons with Gyula Cszesko. He considers himself very fortunate that, two years later, he was welcomed by Zelman Symphony.

Music was very important in George’s family. His father studied violin at the Vienna Conservatorium and his mother was a good pianist. Chamber music was played in their home five nights a week, including with Zelman luminaries like Annette Martin and the late Donald Hancock. Little did George expect to be playing with them at Zelman so many years later!

George had a busy and interesting career as a consulting engineer, with a four year gap when he headed up engineering at V/Line. He is delighted to bring his project management skills to Zelman Symphony. He has enjoyed the growth and excitement of recent years with a doubling of audiences, sell-out concerts and amazing special events. He chairs the orchestra’s publicity committee and chaired the committee that ran the Mahler 8 extravaganza. He says that was much harder than managing a multi-million dollar engineering project. He secured Zelman’s invitation to play at Fed Square and, with Mark, MSO’s invitation to the Music Bowl. He has also been instrumental in obtaining sponsorships, grants, and advertising from Bendigo Bank and others.

George enjoys family time with his wife Kathy, their two daughters and their four grandchildren, and is happily watching and helping to nurture the youngsters' developing musical talents. He looks forward to many more years with Zelman Symphony.

2014 Concert Season 2014 Details

Saturday 5 April: 8.00 pm, Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College.

  • Mozart - Overture to Don Giovanni
  • Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto with Ji Won Kim, 2009 ABC Young Performer of the Year.
  • Beethoven - Symphony No 2

Also Sunday 30th March at 2.00 pm at Daylesford Town Hall.

Sunday 15 June, 2.00 pm, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd

Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award Final

Free Concert but bookings essential. Program to be announced in May.

Saturday 20 September, 8.00 pm, Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College.

  • Beethoven - Emperor Concerto with Hoang Pham, 2013 ABC Young Performer of the Year.
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

Sunday 28 September, 2.00 pm, Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Free 1 hour Concert

  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 Pathétique

Saturday 6 December, 8.00 pm

Sunday 7 December, 2.30 pm, Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College.

  • Vaughan Williams - Concerto for Oboe & Strings with Andrew Kawai, runner up in the 2013 ABC Young Performer of the Year Award.
  • Britten - Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • Holst - The Planets

Bookings via our website or call 9853-1962.

Defibrillator for Leo Baeck Centre

Our thanks go to Kew and Kew East branches of the Bendigo Community Bank for providing a defibrillator jointly for Zelman Symphony and the Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism (LBC). The Defibrillator will be located at LBC where Zelman Symphony rehearses. Bendigo Community Banks have a charter which requires them to return a significant portion of their profits to their local communities. Kew and Kew East branches provide part of their funding to the Defib for Life program which puts defibrillators into community venues in their area.

Defibrillators are easy to use and training is provided. Hopefully, our defibrillator will never be used but, in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, it will significantly improve the prospect of survival.

The idea for this program arose from cases such as one where a young footballer died who might have been saved had there been a defibrillator at hand.

LBC is an ideal location for a defibrillator as hundreds of people use the centre regularly, many being in an older age group. This includes people attending synagogue services, some Zelman Symphony players, U3A Deepdene members, and many other groups.

You can find information about Defib for Life at .

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