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Discovery Lecture Series

Watch this space for 2019 programs.

The Open Music Academy offers a stimulating series of lecture recitals, suitable for anyone with an interest in developing their understanding of music.

These sessions are presented by Graham Abbott, eminent conductor, broadcaster and music educator, in collaboration with leading performers and academics. The weekend course will explore the pivotal Classical music form of the Symphony. You will have the opportunity to hear and see musicians playing up close and discover the inside story of this great art form from the people who know it best.

For those who wish to extend their learning further, the Open Music Academy offers an eight week lecture series ‘Eight Eras in Eight Weeks: an overview of the History of Western Music'. In a survey of over a thousand years of western music Graham Abbott opens up the story of music over the centuries, joining the dots and showing the connections between some of the best-loved music in the world.

  • Weekend Course - Symphonies Unpacked

    Symphonies are the backbone of the orchestral repertoire, the "main course" of most orchestral concerts. But what is a symphony? Why were they written? And do composers still write symphonies today?

    Join Graham Abbott and members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as they discuss the symphonic repertoire.You'll hear recordings of some of the greatest works in the canon and find out more about why they matter. You'll also hear the inside story on what they're like to play from the people who know them best.

    Early symphonies Friday, 8 June 6.30-8.30pm
    19th century symphonies Saturday, 9 June 10.00am-12.00pm
    Symphonies after 1900 Saturday, 9 June 1.30-3.30pm
  • Eight Part Series

    Eight Eras in Eight Weeks: The Story of Music

    Graham Abbott shares his passion for the history of music with a survey of more than a thousand years of western music. Using some of the finest recordings available, and using his own unique style of presentation, Graham will open up the story of music over the centuries, joining the dots and showing the connections between some of the best -loved music in the world.

    1 Before the Renaissance (before 1400) Wednesday, 1 August 2018 6.30-8.30pm
    2 The Renaissance (1400-1600) Wednesday, 8 August 2018 6.30-8.30pm
    3 The Early Baroque (1600-1700) Wednesday, 15 August 2018 6.30-8.30pm
    4 The Late Baroque (1700-1750) Wednesday, 22 August 2018 7.00-9.00pm
    5 The Classical Era (1750-1810) Wednesday, 29 August 2018 6.30-8.30pm
    6 The Romantics (1810-1900) Wednesday, 5 September 2018 6.30-8.30pm
    7 The Early Twentieth Century (1900-1950) Wednesday, 12 September 2018 6.30-8.30pm
    8 Music Since 1950 (1950-present) Wednesday, 19 September 2018 6.30-8.30pm

Fee Structure

  • Weekend Course - $250
  • Eight Part Series - $450

How to apply

Please complete this application form, and email it to, or via mail to Open Music Academy, Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide SA 5005.

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts



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