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Newsletter No 1: 2015 Season

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From the President: Daniel Kirkham

Welcome to our 2015 Audience newsletters!

As I write this, we have just had our first rehearsal for our March concerts. It was most satisfying that, after several months of planning, we had our year's program settled, our first advertisements out, and the first tickets sold. Yes, there is far more work to be done, but we are now doing what we love — playing some of the greatest symphonic music, and preparing it to share with you, our audience.

Our Artistic Director Mark Shiell introduces our 2015 season below, where you will also find the details of all our eight concerts. In addition to some wonderful music by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, we are proud to present new works by three generations of Australian composers.

During 2015 we will continue to innovate to improve your concert experience, both front-of-house and on the stage. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome — have a chat to us over cake at interval, or leave us a note on our website.

Daniel Kirkham
President, ZMSO Inc.

Player Profile: Judith Cotterill

My interest in music started when I began learning the recorder as an eight year old and then started on the violin in Year 7 under Hermia Barton, a superb teacher. I also benefited from the fine music education at MLC, Kew. After moving to Sydney in Year 8, I started playing in the school orchestra.

While studying at Sydney University for an Arts degree majoring in English and Music, I took lessons with Ronald Ryder, then leader of second violins in the SSO. He used to take me to rehearsals, an inspiring experience which introduced me to much orchestral repertoire. I also attended Musica Viva concerts and fell in love with chamber music. Moving to London at 21, I taught English and Music for three years. Having started a family, my husband and I moved to Sydney, Indonesia, then Melbourne. Life was totally hectic with four children and there was no time for music.

An invitation to a Zelman Orchestra concert by Alan Schurmann's wife led me to start lessons with conductor Phillip Carrington (also a Hermia Barton student). Soon after, I joined the orchestra and have enjoyed playing in it ever since. My all-time highlight would have to be the magnificent Mahler 8 concerts in 2013.

Having taught in Special Education from 1982 till 2005 part time, I had time to play chamber music, especially since my retirement six years ago. This is a wonderful different experience to orchestral playing which I would not miss.

I would have to say that music has been of great importance in my life.

Open Letter from Rodney Reynolds

To name just a few of his interests, Rodney Reynolds is a Mahler 8 aficionado who has sung in it several times, a musicologist, an IT expert, and a collector and restorer of old instruments. He became involved with ZMSO as a key member of the Mahler 8 committee, finding choristers, providing his harmonium and contributing in so many other ways. He led the team that restored our Celeste and played the digital organ he had just built in The Planets. He was so moved that he wrote us a long "open letter". There is not enough space for the whole letter but here is an extract. Thank you Rod for all you have done for us!

In today's political world, little attention is paid to the importance of the arts. Yet recent initiatives by ZMSO have raised the opinion of many about the ZMSO and the importance of amateur performances. The Mahler 8 and Holst Planets have inspired highest praise from many, and opportunities for exceptional soloists have given audiences unexpected experiences.

When an organisation is successful it is often because risks are taken, mitigated by hard work. Clearly, the work ethic within ZMSO is very present. Thank you so much for the privilege of playing in the Holst. I enjoyed myself immensely.

I leave you with a thought that arose when there was some small friction between amateurs and professionals in another Mahler 8, expressed so well by conductor Marcus Stenz, paraphrasing another conductor, the late Robert Shaw: "It is the job of the Professionals to show the Amateurs how to play — but it is the job of the Amateurs to show the Professionals why they should do it in the first place."

Message from the Artistic Director

Welcome to our 2015 Season. If you are reading this you may well be at one of our first concerts of the year. I will probably be in the dressing room area with a group of excited musicians ready to play a great program of music for you.

We are all looking forward to a wonderful year at Zelman Symphony. Our programs are filled with music that we can't wait to play. It's a joy to be able to continue to do this. We are very grateful that we have such an appreciative and expanding audience. Making great music is great, but sharing it is even better!

This year our programs include the magnificent 1st Symphony of Brahms and Beethoven's utterly ground-breaking and powerful Eroica Symphony, Tchaikovsky's colourful Nutcracker Suite and Rachmaninov's beautiful Symphonic Dances.

The Orchestra is thrilled to be able to announce that we are once again collaborating with wonderful soloists who will blow you away. Joining us for the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in September will be Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Principal Trumpet, Geoffrey Payne. In December we will be performing the Victorian Premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin's new flute concerto with flautist Sally Walker. Sally has played with many great orchestras including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Sally and I have worked together in Sydney with contemporary ensemble Halcyon and I cannot wait to introduce her wonderful playing to both our orchestra and you, our audience.

In our first program we will be joined by the excellent hornist Roman Pomonariov. Roman played with us some years ago in a quartet of great horn players (including Barry Tuckwell) when we performed the Schumann Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra. What a memorable experience that was! This year Roman will play Richard Strauss's glorious Horn Concerto No 1.

Join me and the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra for this and more great music in 2015. Don't forget to come and chat to us at the break when we share supper with you. See you then.

Mark Shiell,
Artistic Director & Principal Conductor, ZMSO Inc

Our 2015 Season - Xavier Concert Series

Tickets are now on sale for our three subscription concerts at the Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College, Kew.

Horn Power - 8.00pm Saturday 28 March

Weber − Overture: Oberon
Dreyfus − A Song for Gallipoli, Selena Pettifer, mezzo soprano
Strauss − Horn Concerto No.1, Roman Ponomariov - Horn
Brahms − Symphony No.1

Classic Trumpet - Two Performances
8.00pm Saturday 19 September
2.30pm Sunday 20 September

Mozart − Wind Serenade No.11, K.375
New work by the Zelman Symphony / Melbourne University Emerging Composer for 2015
Haydn − Trumpet Concerto, Geoffrey Payne, Trumpet
Beethoven − Symphony No.3 – Eroica

Russian Dance - 8.00pm Saturday 5 December

Tchaikovsky − Suite from The Nutcracker
Elena Kats-Chernin - Flute Concerto Night and Now, Sally Walker, Flute.
Rachmaninov − Symphonic Dances

The Kats-Chernin Concerto has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Book online at, call 9853 1962 now 8899 7445 for credit card bookings by phone, or download the booking form from our website and mail it with your cheque.

Our 2015 Season - Other Concerts

Horn Power - 2.00pm Sunday 22 March

Daylesford Town Hall, Vincent Street, Daylesford
Presented by U3A Hepburn Springs.

Weber − Overture: Oberon
Dreyfus − A Song for Gallipoli, Selena Pettifer, mezzo soprano
Strauss − Horn Concerto No.1, Roman Ponomariov, Horn
Brahms − Symphony No.1

Book on line via or phone 0411 866 643.

Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award
2.00pm, Sunday 31 May - Hawthorn Arts Centre – Free Concert

Book via or phone 9278 4770 from 1 May. The program featuring the three finalists will be announced in May.

Verdi Requiem - Presented by Star Chorale
2.30pm Sunday 26 July: Melbourne Town Hall

Soloists: A stellar cast of Opera Australia principals: Antoinette Halloran, Dominica Matthews, Henry Choo, Shane Lowrencev.

Book on line via or phone 0407 055 846. When booking, please use the Gift/Promotion code "Zelman" on the Shopping Cart page — Zelman Symphony will receive a share of the ticket revenue for tickets bought by our supporters.

Russian Dance - 2.00pm Sunday 22 November

Deakin Edge, Federation Square - Free one hour concert

Tchaikovsky − Suite from The Nutcracker
Rachmaninov − Symphonic Dances

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