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Evening Concert Series

There's something for all musical tastes in our Evening Concert Series. With great ensembles, guest artists, and fine wine – set in the comfortable ambience of the beautiful Elder Hall – our Evening Concerts make for a fantastic night out.

Whether it's classical or jazz, chorale or chamber, there's a concert for everyone. Special discounted pricing applies to ASQ Day on 23 April and Guitarissimo on 27 October. Regular ticket prices: $30 Adult; $24 Concession; $19.50 Student. Purchase a subscription to four or more concerts, and you'll not only have your own seats for the series - but also save 25% of the cost of a single ticket!

All concerts begin at 6:30pm, with an approximate duration of 2hrs including interval. (Except 'Nordic Lights', which begins at approx. 8:45pm.)

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Evening Program

Monday 23 April

Australian String Quartet
with a Secondary School Chamber Orchestra


Selected SA Secondary School students will be given the opportunity to join the ASQ at its own home base for a day of workshops and rehearsals, culminating in a public performance in the Elder Conservatorium of Music’s Evening Concert Series.

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Saturday 5 May

Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
with the Band of the South Australia Police

Luke Dollman & David Polain  Conductors
Jaime Grech  Saxophone


Following the success of their collaboration in 2016, the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and the Band of the South Australia Police team up once again to present a program that includes works by Wagner, John Mackey, Biedenbender, and also featuring Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

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Saturday 26 May

James Lowe*  Guest Conductor
Simon Pazos Quintana  Piano

Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Rimsky Korsakov  Scheherazade

*Chief conductor of the Prussian Chamber Orchestra (Germany) and Vaasa City Orchestra (Finland)


Prizewinning conductor James Lowe takes charge of the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra for two exhilarating works. Beethoven’s heroic Emperor Concerto, a perennial favourite, features honours pianist Simon Pazos Quintana. Rimsky Korsakov’s passionate and dramatic Scheherazade is inspired by tales of the Arabian Nights.

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Saturday 26 May

Elder Music Lab

Luke Dollman Conductor

Anna Thorvaldsdottir  Hvolf
Matthew Whittall  Negative Space
Lotta Wennakoski  Nosztalgiaim


Following the conclusion of the ECSO concert above (and a 30 minute interval) the Conservatorium’s recently formed new music ensemble, Elder Music Lab, will perform works by leading Nordic composers as well as premiere a new student work. Bookings not required.

Saturday 9 June

Dale Barltrop  Violin
Daniel de Borah  Piano

Beethoven  Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Ravel  Violin Sonata No. 2
Prokofiev  Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80


Three fascinating works and two brilliant virtuosi set the scene for one outstanding concert. Join the Australian String Quartet’s first violinist, Dale Barltrop, and pianist Daniel de Borah for what promises to be a thrilling musical event.

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Saturday 7 July

Andrew Goodwin  Tenor
Daniel de Borah  Piano

Schubert  Die Schöne Müllerin (abridged)
Schubert  Impromptus D. 935, No.1 and No.2
Schumann  Liederkreis, Op. 39


In the return of our annual Schubertiade, internationally renowned Australian musicians Andrew Goodwin and Daniel de Borah are sure to delight with selections from Die Schöne Müllerin and Liederkreis. Join us for a cozy winter’s evening of fine music with mulled wine on arrival and Viennese Sachertorte and coffee during interval.

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Saturday 8 September

Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
with the Elder Conservatorium Chorale

Luke Dollman  Conductor
Madeleine Stewart  Flute

Dukas  Fanfare to La Peri
Chaminade  Concertino for Flute
Tchaikovsky  Romeo and Juliet
Fauré  Requiem


The Elder Conservatorium Chorale joins with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in what promises to be a captivating evening of French music. Honours student Madeleine Stewart is set to dazzle in Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute, followed by Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. The concert culminates in a performance of Fauré’s serene Requiem.

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Saturday 22 September

with Lucinda Collins  Piano

Elgar  Quintet in A minor for Piano and String Quartet, Op. 84
  String Quartet No. 13 in B flat Major, Op. 130; Grosse Fuge


Elgar’s expressive quintet, full of nuance and passion, is brought to life by Lucinda Collins, Head of Keyboard at the Elder Conservatorium, and the Melba Quartet. Beethoven’s thirteenth string quartet is bold and unpredictable, and performed here as originally intended – with the magnificent Grosse Fuge as the final movement.

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Saturday 13 October

University of Adelaide Big Band, Latin Ensemble and Jazz Staff
with special guest Fabian Hevia on Latin percussion

“If you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz” Jelly Roll Morton.


Join the Elder Conservatorium’s large ensembles, jazz staff and special guest Fabian Hevia as they celebrate the Spanish tinge in jazz. Fabian Hevia is one of Australia’s most celebrated Latin and jazz percussionists, having played with leading Latin and Latin jazz groups. Born in Chile, he was based in Sydney for 25 years and now spends time between Sydney and Adelaide. Repertoire will include works by W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Juan Tizol, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria and Chick Corea.

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Saturday 27 October

Elder Conservatorium of Music Guitar Ensemble and Classical Guitar Students
Oliver Fartach-Naini  Director


Guitarissimo has become an important and much treasured event for Adelaide’s music lovers and guitar aficionados. Elder Conservatorium of Music’s classical guitar students and the Elder Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble present a stylistically diverse programme of solo and chamber music ranging from gems of the Renaissance and Baroque to more recent repertoire favourites.

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All concerts performed at Elder Hall.
Bookings: Phone 8313 5286, or book online above.
Box office: open one hour prior to each performance. Tickets can be bought and prepaid tickets collected from this time.
Concert bar: Wine from our sponsors Soul Growers, bottled water and orange juice are available for purchase before the concert and during the interval.
Concert duration: Concerts including interval are approximately two hours duration.
Disabled access: Lift Access from the Eastern side of Elder Hall.
Hearing assistance: Elder Hall has a system that supports all hearing augmentation requirements.
Parking: Available in the University Car Park, Gate 23 off North Terrace. Please allow extra time for purchasing parking during peak periods.

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T: +61 8 8313 5286

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