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Newsletter No 2: 2011 Season

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From the President

Our NEW BEGINNINGS season has started with a bang!

  • Our first open air concert-in-the-park in February held at the invitation of Boroondara City Council was a great success with well over 400 people who delighted us with their standing ovation.
  • Our Daylesford and Xavier concerts were also very well received despite the very short preparation time available to us.
  • Our new venue at Xavier worked well. We will serve interval refreshments on both levels next time to ease the crowding. We warmly encourage you and your friends to experience its increased capacity and excellent facilities.
  • 3MBS FM will broadcast our April 2nd concert at the end of August or early September. They will also broadcast the concert-in-the-park.

We hope you will enjoy the rest of our 2011 season.

Allison Summers

New Beginnings - Our 2011 Season

Concert 3: Sunday 19 June, 2:00pm
Free concert - Hawthorn Town Hall

This is the final of the Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Competition with three outstanding young pianists. We will also perform Smetana's - Má vlast - Vltava (The Moldau) and a new work by Edward Fairlie composed specifically for our flautist, Carol Galea.

Concert 4: Saturday 10th September, 8:00pm*
Xavier College Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre

Outstanding international pianist Julian Jacobson will perform Rachmaninov's demanding and well known Variations on a Theme by Paganini and Beethoven's Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in B flat, Wo06. The orchestra will also play Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Concert 5: Saturday 3rd December, 8:00pm*
Xavier College Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre

Barbara Jane Gilby, concertmaster of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra will play the melodious Bruch Violin Concerto with us (No. 11 in ABC FM’s top 100). We will team that with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and a new work commissioned by the orchestra under our emerging composer program which we run together with Melbourne University School of Music.

* Come early for Mark Shiell’s talk about the music you are about to hear. His pre-concert talk will be in the auditorium at 7:30 pm. Also, please note that all programs are subject to change.

Julian Jacobson - International Pianist

Our Soloist for 10th September

This September, we have the unique opportunity of playing with internationally renowned pianist Julian Jacobson.

Since the early 1970s Julian Jacobson has been a vital and original presence on the London musical scene, as well as nationally and in over 40 countries on five continents. His huge repertoire includes all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, of which he has given seven complete cycles, including his 2003 'marathon' performance in a single day which received worldwide media attention. He has performed with many of the leading British orchestras under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Jane Glover and Tamás Vásáry, and is known as a fine duo and ensemble pianist having partnered such greats as Nigel Kennedy and Steven Isserlis. He has an extensive discography.

Critics acclaim him: The Daily Telegraph: "… a disarming technique coupled with an undoubted intellectual mastery made Julian Jacobson's recital an awe-inspiring experience..." and The Times: "Its near minimalistic repetitions and driving amplifications have a cunningly kinetic effect which Julian Jacobson and the English Chamber Orchestra recreated in all their brittle brilliance. (Britten's 'Young Apollo' at the Royal Festival Hall...)".

Julian is a Steinway Artist and Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music, London. He is multi-talented, being a composer, conductor, jazz pianist and occasional cabaret singer.

Julian taught Katherine Day when she was studying at the Royal School of Music. We are so lucky that Mark and Katherine invited him to play with Zelman Symphony and that he agreed.

Welcome to our new Sponsor

We thank and welcome renaissanceliving and Ravida as new and generous sponsors of the orchestra. Renaissanceliving is a new independent living apartment complex for active over-55s developed by Ravida and located in Surrey Hills. To find out more, contact Susan Morgan-Ellis on 1300 836 392.

Zelman's 2011 Emerging Composer

Our Emerging Composer Program is a joint project between Zelman and Melbourne University Music Faculty School of Composition. We feature the chosen student’s work at our December concert. This year's choice is James Wade.

Unlike most of his peers, James comes to his music through studies in philosophy and psychology as well as an interest in visual art. Even more remarkably, he is musically self taught.

His motivation to become a composer primarily comes from a fascination with sound manipulation to produce aesthetically pleasing results. James outlines his compositional approach as, "the realisation of the vision I have for each piece." This vision involves, "a deeper philosophical understanding of the nature of life, the importance of community and reflection upon the passing of time and the environment in which we live." James feels, "a responsibility to perpetuate humanity's cultural heritage, but more specifically the cultural heritage of Australia."

Perhaps because of his unique perspective, James has had great success having his works performed by some prestigious Australian and international orchestras.

This upcoming collaboration with the ZMSO is a keenly sought opportunity during which he plans to extend the breadth of music he writes for orchestra.

Player Profile: Len Western

Growing up near the paddocks and fishing paradise of Darebin Creek in the 1930's, music didn't figure prominently. However, after hearing me play some scales, Dad enrolled me in a junior band at eleven. Soon after, on the euphonium, I won the Victorian Band League's under 18 Open Brass Championship.

Entry to the R.A.N. in 1944 as a Bandsman gave me 17 months sea time and return to Flinders Naval Depot. I had bought a Trombone in 1944 and taught myself which led to leadership of the trombone section of the Depot band while awaiting discharge.

The R.A.N. band was my first exposure to woodwind and French horns which led to a desire to play orchestral music. Following return to civilian life, I joined South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, did a little dance band work and took lessons from the Victorian Symphony Orchestra’s Bass Trombonist, Harold Willis. Following an audition with the Orchestra I was on call and occasionally played Euphonium and trombone. Zelman orchestra did not have a brass section then, employing VSO brass as required and this was my first connection with them, then under the baton of Herbert Davis.

Due to family commitments, I stayed with the wool industry but kept contact with music via the medium of the dance band. After returning from Portland in 1973, I reconnected with serious music and eventually rejoined the Zelman.

Actively interacting musically with others has kept me fit and healthy in recent years. Involvement with serious sailing, as well as U3A, Musicians Union Big Band, Heidelberg SO's European tour, and Zelman, have kept me busy. Playing trombone in schools, retirement villages, a big band and even the odd bit of busking, rounds out the already fulfilling playing I do with community orchestras like the Zelman.

Our New Venue - Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre

We have a new home at Xavier College in Kew.

Access is via either Barkers Rd Main Gates, Melway Map 45 C8, or Charles St (gate 2), Melway map 45 D8. There is no car access from Gellibrand St (one way spikes). Charles St gate will be closed to car traffic after 8.15 pm. Exit will be via Barkers Rd or Gellibrand St.

Concerts at Eldon Hogan PAC have numbered seats.

Purchase your reserved ticket on-line using Visa or MasterCard at or by phoning our volunteer, Klaus Buechler on 9853 1962. Or mail your cheque to ZMSO, PO Box 408, East Kew, 3102 (sorry – no credit card mail bookings). The box office will open at 7:15 pm on concert nights.

Within the auditorium, all seats will be good but the best seats will probably be those from about half way back from the stage to near the rear of the auditorium.

Friends of Zelman

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