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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 – all set amongst the comfortable ambience of the beautiful Elder Hall – our Evening Concerts aren't just another event, they're an experience.

This year you'll discover a delightful blend of the novel and the familiar; bold new works are paired with old favourites, and budding artists share the stage with seasoned performers. The tradition of the Schubertiade continues in July, and an exciting night of electronic music in September features one of the world's largest laptop orchestras.

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Evening Program

Saturday 29 April - 6:30pm

Luke Dollman - Conductor
Emily Fox - Flute

Anne Cawrse   Sacred and Profane (World Premiere)
Mozart   Flute Concerto in D K.314
Dvorak   Symphony No.9, From the New World


Two time-honoured orchestral masterpieces share this concert with an exciting new work by Adelaide composer Anne Cawrse. Mozart’s sprightly and tender flute concerto provides a charming foil to the breadth and majesty of Dvorák’s beloved ‘New World’ symphony.

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Saturday 29 April - approx. 9pm

This free concert will begin after a 25 minute interval following the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra concert above

Featuring the New Music Collective
Conducted by Luke Dollman and Kim Worley


A concert dedicated to the life and music of Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016). 'Max' as he was known, was appointed Master of the Queen's Music in 2004, having formerly been Composer in Residence at Elder Conservatorium from 1965-1966.

Featuring works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Aaron Pelle, Ross Edwards and Grahame Dudley. Special guest appearance by Konstantin Shamray.

Free Concert - Bookings not required

Saturday 20 May - 6:30pm

Julian Ferraretto - Violin

University of Adelaide Big Band
Dusty Cox - Director

Latin Ensemble
Mark Ferguson - Director

Honours Ensemble
James Muller - Director


We celebrate the unique contribution made to the Jazz World by the Elder Conservatorium when jazz violinist and returning alumnus, Julian Ferraretto joins the celebrated University of Adelaide Big Band, Latin Ensemble and Honours Ensemble for a showcase of Adelaide-born Jazz. Expect hard swinging tunes, infectious cuban grooves, soaring melodies and plenty of jazz fiddling.

Please note: We regrettably advise that special guest Ray Vega is unable to perform in tonight's concert as previously advertised.

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Saturday 3 June - 6:30pm

Elder Conservatorium of Music Guitar Ensemble and 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 guitar students and Guitar Ensemble present this wonderful evening of solo and chamber music for classical guitar.

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Tuesday 18 July - 6:30pm

Australian String Quartet

with a combined high school chamber orchestra
and students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music


This concert represents the culmination of the ASQ’s work with local schools, mentoring and educating several emerging young musicians. Join the celebration of both masters and students, as they present the works in which they have explored and delighted.

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Saturday 22 July - 6:30pm

Rosalind Martin - Soprano
Roy Howat -

Konstantin Shamray - Piano
Michael Ierace - Piano

Schubert   Lieder including An mein Klavier, An die Laute, Vier Canzonen and more

Schubert   Sonata in C major for piano four-hands D 812, Grand Duo


Our annual Schubertiade is delivered this year by Rosalind Martin, accompanied by Roy Howat, performing some of Schubert's stunning lieder, and two of Adelaide’s finest young pianists, playing the magnificent and almost symphonic ‘Grand Duo.’

Enjoy mulled wine upon arrival with Viennese Sachertorte and coffee during interval

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Saturday 16 September - 6:30pm

Elder Conservatorium Chorale
Carl Crossin OAM - Conductor
Karl Geiger - Piano


War and peace, love and death, beauty and melancholy – music can encapsulate them all, and in no way more powerfully than through the pleading vibrancies of the human voice. This program explores life’s contradictions through the works of largely present-day composers from around the world. Featuring Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me for choir and guitar (settings of four civil wars poems by Walt Whitman) and John Tavener’s Funeral Ikos.

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Saturday 30 September - 6:30pm

Elder Conservatorium Sonic Arts students with special guest artists


What does the future hold for music? New musical forms, new instruments, new ways of making music, new forms of expression. The world’s only symphonic-sized orchestra playing laptop computers – formed by students of Sonic Arts at the Elder Conservatorium – will be joined by stars from the world of electronic and computer music in a program of music that will offer a fascinating insight into the possible future of music. Presented in association with the 2017 Australasian Computer Music Conference.

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Saturday 21 October - 6:30pm

Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
with Jazz Ensemble

Luke Dollman - Conductor

Bob Mintzer  Prayer for Peace
Mark Simeon Ferguson  Live and Die with the Butterflies
Mark Simeon Ferguson  Descarga Lundes
George Gershwin  An American in Paris for Symphony Orchestra


The Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Department of the Elder Conservatorium will collaborate for the first time in this concert, featuring works by George Gershwin and John Adams, and a new work by Mark Simeon Ferguson.

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5, 6 & 7 October

State Opera SA - Opera Studio, 216 Marion Rd, Netley


This spectacular collaboration between the State Opera of South Australia and the Elder Conservatorium of Music presents Donizetti’s hilarious masterpiece in three acts. This pinnacle of 19th-century opera buffa entwines the comic adventures of a blustering antagonist, a sly intriguer and languishing lovers with the composer’s sprightly and extravagant music.

Tickets available through Trybooking.

All concerts performed at Elder Hall. Opera performed at State Opera SA, Netley.
Bookings: Phone 8313 5286, or book online above. Opera bookings available through Trybooking.
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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