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Evening Concert Series

The Elder Conservatorium Concert Series showcases some of the best talent in classical music and jazz today. Our Evening series is know for it's wonderful guest artists, staff and student ensembles, and the beautiful acoustic and ambience of Elder Hall.

Regular ticket prices are $30 Adult, $25 Conc. and $19 Student. Special discounted pricing applies for Quey Percussion Duo on 15 May, Nicholas Mathew on 10 August, and Guitarissimo on 26 October ($25 / $20 / $15).

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Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

Luke Dollman  conductor
Pei-Sian Ng  cello*

Anne Cawrse Musaic
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1*
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 

Saturday 6 April, 6:30pm

Anne Cawrse (composer) and Pei-Sian Ng (principal cello of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra) are both alumni of the Elder Conservatorium making waves in the wider world. Cawrse’s dance-inspired Musaic contrasts with the chilling intensity of Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. Rachmaninov’s richly melodic Second Symphony offers a blissful experience for orchestra and audience alike.

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Percussion Concert

Elder Conservatorium Percussion Students


Wednesday 15 May, 7:00pm

Due to circumstances outside of our control the Quey Percussion Duo are no longer able to perform in this concert. Ticket holders will be contacted and provided with a full refund. We invite all to join us for a free concert by the Elder Conservatorium percussion students.

Celebration of Song

Michelle Nicolle and Anita Wardell voice
University of Adelaide Big Band
Adelaide Connection Jazz Choir

Saturday 25 May, 6:30pm

Two of our highest-profile graduates, singers Michelle Nicolle and Anita Wardell, return to the Elder Conservatorium to join with current jazz staff and students in a celebration of song.

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Larger than Life

Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
& Band of the South Australia Police

Luke Dollman & David Polain  conductors
Christopher Buckley  bassoon*

Leonard Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Lauren McCormick New work
Dana Wilson Avatar for amplified bassoon and winds*
David Maslanka Symphony No. 4

Saturday 1 June, 6:30pm

The fruitful collaboration between the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and the Band of the South Australia Police continues with a program full of personality. A new work by Lauren McCormick pipes up between audacious Bernstein and wide-eyed Maslanka.

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Seraphim Trio

Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, Dumky
Jakub Jankowski Silhouettes
Smetana Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15

Thursday 4 July, 7:00pm

The Seraphim Trio deliver a program of great depth and beauty, including Smetana’s grandiose Piano Trio in G minor, and Elder Conservatorium graduate Jakub Jankowski’s Silhouettes.

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Fortepiano Recital

Nicholas Mathew  fortepiano

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 – Pathétique
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14/1
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14/2

Saturday 10 August, 6:30pm

A rare opportunity to hear a fortepiano live! Its sound is gentler, drier, than the modern concert grand, and capable of great subtlety. Nicholas Mathew, specialist in early pianos, performs some of Beethoven’s early sonatas close to how they would have been heard over 200 years ago.

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Bonython Ensemble

Britten Sinfonietta
Bodman Rae
Ghosts of Galicia
Brahms (arr. Boustead) Serenade in D Major

Sunday 1 September, 2:30pm

Meet the newly formed Bonython Ensemble, comprised of Elder Conservatorium staff, students, composers and conductors. They have unearthed a couple of gems – early works by Brahms and Britten, written before they went on to bigger things. An eerie work by the Conservatorium’s Head of Composition completes this fascinating program.

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Streeton Trio

Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major
Harry Sdraulig Joybox
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Saturday 14 September, 6:30pm

Two much-loved classics from the piano trio repertoire: Schubert’s expansive Second Trio (one of his last works) and Brahms’ unabashedly romantic First Trio (composed at the age of 20). Australia’s acclaimed Streeton Trio also perform a delightfully playful piece by young Australian composer Harry Sdraulig.

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1959: The Year That Changed Everything

Elder Conservatorium jazz staff and students
Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
Elder Conservatorium Studio Orchestra

Dustan Cox saxophones*

Rodrigeuz/Evans ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ (from Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain)*
M. S. Ferguson
The Twin Precipice (new work)*

And selections from albums including:
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
John Coltrane Giant Steps
Dave Brubeck Time Out

Saturday 12 October, 6:30pm

60 years on, we look back at a year that saw major changes in culture, politics and music – and the recording of some of the most influential jazz albums of all time. We recreate some of those musical milestones and feature a new work by Head of Jazz Mark Simeon Ferguson inspired by the events of 1959.

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Saturday 26 October, 6:30pm

Once again a year of music making comes to a close with the sound of guitars – lots of them! There will be a wide range of solo and chamber music from our classical guitar students, and we wrap up the last of 2019 with the massed strings of the Elder Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble.

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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 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: Approximately two hours duration, including interval.
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 parking during peak periods.

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T: +61 8 8313 5286

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