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Hello and welcome to our April newsletter. Autumn is the perfect season to be out and about in Adelaide. The sun is shining, the days are still relatively long, and many places are more accessible than in the peak of Festival season. While there is no lunchtime concert in Elder Hall tomorrow, the program for the rest of April looks outstanding, with clarinet, cello, and piano recitals, as well as a performance by the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra that features a very special guest direct from London, Michael Cox (flute). Read on for further details!

While the buzz of the Festival and Fringe may be fading away, there is no shortage of fantastic cultural events coming up this season. One of the highlights of this year's calendar must be the Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Showing from 29 March - 29 July, the exhibition charts the revolution of colour that lies at the very heart of Impressionism and includes master works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne, among many others. Hear curator Paul Perrin discuss the exhibition in this short video here.

Lunchtime Concerts

We're only two concerts in, but the performances so far this season have been a joy to experience and warmly received by audiences. The Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra got us off to a great start with Malcolm Arnold's A Grand, Grand Overture (yes, those were vacuum cleaners on stage!), Rachel Bruerville's new work Dot and the Kangaroo, and Beethoven's 7th Symphony. And last Friday, Dusty Cox (saxophone) had all of us tapping our toes and humming along, when he was joined by jazz students from the Con to perform some of George Gershwin's most memorable works. I hope you enjoy these photos below.

Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Luke Dollman

A Grand, Grand Overture
Vacuum cleaner / floor polisher soloists!

ECSO Violin Section
ECSO violin section

Dusty Cox
Dusty Cox on tenor sax

Gershwin Concert
Ashleigh Jocks sang some favourite Gershwin tunes

Gershwin Concert
Jordan Noble on alto sax performs a solo

The next concert is Friday 6 April, when Lloyd Van't Hoff (clarinet) and Peter de Jager (piano) take on Weber's challenging Grand Duo Concertant, also performing Brahms' Clarinet Sonata No. 2 and a new work by Peter de Jager. Lloyd was the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, and Peter won the inaugural Australian International Chopin Competition in 2011, so we're absolutely thrilled to have these two rising stars make their Lunchtime Concert debut. And if we weren't feeling lucky enough, on Friday 20 April internationally acclaimed flautist Michael Cox joins the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra to perform CPE Bach's Flute Concerto in D minor. Michael is Professor of Flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Principal Flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and will spend a week at the University of Adelaide working with outstanding young flute players from around Australia. We hope you can join us on April 20th and make him feel welcome. Michael is also performing an intimate recital with Leigh Harrold at UKARIA Cultural Centre on Friday 13 April - more details further down.

Evening Concerts


It's almost time for another ASQ Day at Elder! On Monday 23 April, selected SA secondary school students will rehearse and workshop pieces with members of the Australian String Quartet, culminating in a concert in Elder Hall at 6:30pm. Repertoire will include select movements from the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op.110a (String Quartet No. 8). Last year's event was very well received, and we're expecting another sparkling performance this time around. Special ticket prices of $22 Adult; $18 Concession; and $15 Student. Monday 23 April, 6:30pm in Elder Hall. Book online, or phone 8313 5286.

Elder Conservatorium Wind Ensemble

On Saturday 5 May, the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra team up with the Band of the South Australia Police for Dreams in the Dusk, the second concert in our 2018 Evening Series. Conducted by Luke Dollman and David Polain, the powerful ensemble will perform works by Wagner, Prokofiev, and John Mackey, along with David Biedenbender's Dreams in the Dusk, featuring Jaime Grech (saxophone). This concert will be one of only two that ECWO perform in Elder Hall this year, so it's definitely not to be missed. Ticket prices are $30 Adult; $24 Concession; and $19.50 Student. Saturday 5 May, 6:30pm in Elder Hall. Book online, or phone 8313 5286.

April Featured Musician

Michael Cox (flute)

Michael Cox

Having previously held principal flute tenures with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Britten Sinfonia, Michael Cox now relishes the wonderful variety of belonging to symphony, chamber orchestra & avant garde ensembles of international renown in combination with travelling as a soloist and teacher. Recent highlights as a soloist include the posthumous world premiere of a work for alto flute, mezzo soprano and orchestra by John Tavener in the Royal Albert Hall, the UK premiere of a concerto by Finnish composer Lotta Wennakoski, the world premiere of a piccolo concerto written for him by Simon Holt, the Australia Flute Festival and a tour & recordings in the USA of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto 4 & 5 alongside the legendary pianist Murray Perahia.

Michael Cox's commitment to new music has led him to work directly with UK composers such as Tippett, Maxwell Davies, Birtwistle, Knussen, Benjamin, Ades and Turnage in addition to composers such as Messian, Berio, Boulez, Lutoslawski, Stockhausen, Dutilleux, Takemitsu, Reich and Adams. Equally devoted to his teaching, recent graduates from Michael Cox's flute class at the Royal Academy of Music have included Adam Walker and Alexandra Jakeman (principal and second flute of the London Symphony Orchestra), Joshua Batty and Claire Wickes (principals of the RTE concert orchestra and English National Opera), Amy Yule and Sarah Bennett (the new principal of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and second of the Halle Orchestra respectively).

Michael Cox has recorded (Naxos, Sony, Hyperion, Nimbus) and broadcast widely and is an international artist for Altus Flutes. He has toured extensively in Europe, the USA, Middle East, Far East and Australia but he is equally happy at home in the hilltop village near Oxford where he lives.

Michael will visit the University of Adelaide in April, performing a flute recital with Leigh Harrold at UKARIA on Friday 13 April, and a lunchtime concert in Elder Hall with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra on Friday April 20.

Michael Cox Flute Recital

Michael Cox and Leigh HarroldMichael Cox - flute
Leigh Harrold - piano

Friday 13 April, 7:30pm
UKARIA Cultural Centre

A recital featuring internationally acclaimed artists Michael Cox and Leigh Harrold. With works by JS Bach, de Falla, Bartok and Poulenc.

Book Tickets  (Type "Michael Cox" into search field)



Elder Conservatorium Concert SeriesWe're giving away Two Double Passes to the upcoming Evening Concert, ASQ Day. On Monday 23 April, selected South Australian secondary school students will be given the opportunity to join the Australian String Quartet for a day of workshops and rehearsals, culminating in a public concert in our Evening Concert Series. For your chance to win a double pass, simply reply to this email and mention 'ASQ Day'. The concert is on Monday 23 April, 6:30pm in Elder Hall. Repertoire for this event will appear on the Evening Series website once available.

Avi AvitalOur friends at Musica Viva are offering Two Double Passes to Avi Avital (mandolin) and the Giocosa String Quartet. Avi Avital is a ground-breaking virtuoso of the mandolin. Able to move easily between foot-stomping folk dances and filigree Baroque concertos, his performances challenge people’s perceptions of his instrument and are celebrated for an all-embracing stage presence. Featuring two works written for Avi, the program also includes Bach and Schumann. A solo superstar, an award-winning quartet, and music for the heart and the mind. Tuesday 17 April, 7:30pm at the Adelaide Town Hall. For your chance to win a double pass, please visit the following link:

SCHUMANN String Quartet no 1 in A minor, op 41 no 1
JS BACH Chaconne from Partita in D minor for violin, BWV1004
BRUCE Cymbeline for mandolin and string quartet

Mozart at Elder 1The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra are returning to Elder Hall in April for Mozart at Elder 1, and are offering One Double Pass to our readers. A matinee concert that will leave you uplifted and inspired! The ASO and Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter bring the exhilarating ‘Jupiter’ symphony to Elder Hall. Mozart’s final symphonic masterpiece represents the peak of his achievement as a composer for orchestra: self-assured, lyrical, and grand - spanning the breadth of human emotion. The ASO’s Principal Clarinet, Dean Newcomb takes to the stage for Weber’s joyous Clarinet Concerto. Wednesday 11 April, 11:30am in Elder Hall. For your chance to win a double pass, reply to this email and let us know what Mozart means to you.

April Concert Calendar

Lunchtime Concert Friday 6 April, 1:10pm
Elder Lunchtime Concert
Lloyd Van't Hoff (clarinet) and Peter de Jager (piano)

Grand Duo

Mozart at Elder 1 Wednesday 11 April, 11:30am
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Mozart at Elder 1

Lunchtime Concert Friday 13 April, 1:10pm
Elder Lunchtime Concert
Janis Laurs (cello) and Lucinda Collins (piano)

Cello Recital

Adelaide Philharmonia ChorusSaturday 14 April, 7:30pm
Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus

Nelson Mass

Konstantin ShamrayMonday 16 April, 7:30pm
Konstantin Shamray

5MBS Recital

Lunchtime Concert Friday 20 April, 1:10pm
Elder Lunchtime Concert
Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra
With special guest Michael Cox (flute)

Lunchtime Concert Monday 23 April, 6:30pm
Elder Evening Concert
Australian String Quartet
Supported by a student string ensemble

The Pierrot Project Tuesday 24 April, 7:00pm
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
The Pierrot Project Finale Concert

Lunchtime Concert Friday 27 April, 1:10pm
Elder Lunchtime Concert
Anna Goldsworthy

Piano Recital

Many thanks for reading this month. If you have any comments or suggestions please reach out to us at or reply to this email.

We wish you a happy and safe Easter.

Martin and the Elder Hall team

Elder Conservatorium of Music


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