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Shostakovich Symphony No.13 - Babi Yar

75th Anniversary Commemorative Concert

17th September 2017 2.00pm - Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

September 2017 will mark the end of the 75th Jewish year since the Babi Yar massacres, in which over 110,000 people were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

Zelman Symphony conducted by Mark Shiell will present this Babi Yar commemorative concert with bass-baritone soloist Adrian Tamburini, Guest Concertmaster Wilma Smith, Chorusmaster Nicholas Cowall, and some 300 performers on stage.  The symphony will be preceded by a commemoration ceremony and a reading of the Babi Yar poem.

The first half of the concert will feature a delightful flute concerto by legendary Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, which draws on her childhood memories of Soviet Russia, played by leading Australian flautist Sally Walker for whom it was composed in 2015.

Full concert details for the public are at Shostakovich - Babi Yar - 17 September 2017.

Becoming Involved 

If you are interested in singing in the 170-voice male chorus or playing in the orchestra, please provide your details below.

For those contemplating being part of the chorus, we should point out that the text is in Russian. You will be provided with roman-text parts and preparation will be principally by Nicholas Cowall, who has considerable Russian choral experience. We are also preparing a recording to assist with your preparation.

For players, we cannot of course guarantee a place for everyone and there may be a need for auditions in some cases. We will reserve places for current Zelman Symphony players, however we encourage all interested players to register and become involved with the orchestra during all of 2017 - we will give preference to those who commit to play with us for multiple concerts.

For reference, the full required instrumentation is:

  • Winds: 3[1.2.pic] 3[1.2.3/ca] 3[1.2.3/Eflat/bcl] 3[1.2.3/cfg]
  • Brass: 4331
  • Percussion: tmp - 4perc [cym, whip, sd, tambn, cast, woodblk, tri, tamtam, xyl, bd, chimes, glock and more]
  • Others: 4hp - cel,pf
  • Strings: 16.14.12.10.6

Rehearsal Details - Chorus

DatesLocationTimeItem
Sun 16 JulyXavier College, Kew1.30-3.00pmEntire chorus run through
Compulsory Attendance please – Parts and recordings to be distributed
Mon 17 July to Mon 14 AugXavier College, Kew7.30pmFive regular rehearsals for Adult Choristers
Please attend as many as you can
Mon 21 Aug to Mon 5 SeptXavier College, Kew7.30pmCompulsory attendance rehearsals for Adult Choristers
Sun 3 Sept*EHPAC, Xavier College, Kew2.00-5.00pmFull team rehearsals with Adrian Tamburini
Compulsory attendance please
Sun 10 SeptEHPAC, Xavier College, Kew2.00-5.00pmFull team rehearsals with Adrian Tamburini
Compulsory attendance please
Mon 11 SeptXavier College, Kew7.30-10.15pmFinal choir only rehearsal
Sun 17 SeptHamer Hall10.00am-12.00Full dress rehearsal
Sun 17 SeptHamer Hall2.00pmConcert (Shostakovich after interval)

Rehearsal Details - Orchestra

Note: to accomodate Sally Walker's availability, we have had to schedule some new rehearsal times. These are indicated in red. This may give us flexibility to shorten or completely cancel the rehearsal on 12th September.

DatesLocationTimeItem
Tue 18 July to Tue 5 SeptLeo Baeck Centre,
Kew East
7.30pmEight regular orchestra rehearsals
Sun 3 Sept*EHPAC, Xavier College, Kew2.00-5.00pmFull team rehearsals with Adrian Tamburini
Sun 10 SeptEHPAC, Xavier College, Kew2.00-5.00pmFull team rehearsals with Adrian Tamburini
Sun 10 Sept 5.40-7.00pmFlute Concerto only
Tue 12 SeptLeo Baeck Centre,
Kew East
7.30pmOrchestra rehearsal (may be cancelled or shortened)
Thu 14 SeptLeo Baeck Centre,
Kew East
7.30pmFlute Concerto only
Sun 17 SeptHamer Hall10.00am-12.00Full dress rehearsal
Sun 17 SeptHamer Hall2.00pmConcert

* Yes, we know this is Father's Day. Unfortunately we cannot interrupt the rehearsal schedule at this point. Please plan your family celebrations so you can be at this important rehearsal.

Expression of Interest in Participating

Please complete all questions:

Your Name:
Your Name for the Program Notes:
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Your Instrument:
Your Voice: Tenor
  Bass
  Neither
  
Your experience, comments and questions:
Please describe your experience as a player or chorister (not required for existing Zelman players). You can also put any other comments and questions here.
  
Commitment: I confirm I can attend all scheduled Babi Yar rehearsals
Membership: I'm prepared to join Zelman Symphony as a regular player
  
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