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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:00pm

Vale Sir Jeffrey Tate CBE

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ASO Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello's beautiful tribute to our Principal Guest Conductor, Jeffrey Tate, CBE, who passed away on 3 June 2017.

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Monday, June 05, 2017 5:18pm

How Music Became the Love of my Life

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As I enter my third year leading the ASO’s Festival of Learning and Participation, it’s a great time to reflect on the role of the arts in education from a musical perspective. When I talk to musicians the world over, it’s clear that early exposure to music leads not only to a life-long love for the art form, it can also hold great influence over your choice of career. Use me as a case study; music has been my primary passion for as long as I can remember.

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Friday, May 19, 2017 9:49am

Five minutes with Anthony Marwood

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Ahead of his appearance with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on 26 & 27 May, musical maverick Anthony Marwood takes five minutes to answer a few questions about his upcoming performance, and what he looks forward to when visiting our beautiful city.

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What orchestras arguably need most of all these days are skilled, talented and enthusiastic individuals who can bring the experience of orchestral music to young people. Oddly, they tend to be a small and rare bunch. This is because their abilities need to be spread so widely, across education, conducting, composing, and perhaps above all, communication.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017 10:18am

Didy steps up to the podium!

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After a fiercely contested bidding war at the ASO’s 80th Birthday Party in October last year, Didy McLaurin was the winner of a Conducting with Guy Noble experience.

This experience took place on Wednesday 5 April 2017. Didy rehearsed with the orchestra in the morning, before the big performance in the evening at the Adelaide Town Hall. It was a full house and many of Didy’s friends were in the audience (having booked out a large portion of the front row).

Why did you decide to bid for the Conducting with Guy Noble experience?

I thought it would be a fun thing to do, I knew that Guy had a great sense of humour. Maybe I had a secret desire to see just what it is like up there! I did wonder what on earth I had let myself in for when I awoke the next morning…

What was it like learning to conduct from Guy?

We had a few laughs and he told me to put some energy into it! He said I would be okay, it’s just a march – dom, dom, dom, dom etc.

Were you nervous before the performance?

I was extremely nervous and wondered how on earth I had got myself into this situation – what if I fell or tripped or made a complete idiot of myself? Waiting backstage was the worst part! But ASO staff Alex [Bassett] & Stevan [Pavlovic] tried their best to divert my thoughts and kept telling me all would be okay.

How did you find the experience up on stage?

Once I had my back to the audience and had to concentrate on the orchestra I felt a little more comfortable. In fact, I really enjoyed it! I was just worried when we were going to stop – I couldn’t quite remember how the piece ended so I was very pleased when they finished and I actually had my hands in the right position (sort of)! The percussionist [Gregory Rush] was terrific and gave me encouraging looks each time the cymbals came in, it really made me laugh.

What feedback have you received since the performance?

My new name amongst friends is Maestro McLaurin! They were very impressed that I had my own dressing room and received the beautiful bunch of Tynte flowers. Several friends have said they enjoyed the concert so much that they are going to book for the remainder of the Classics Unwrapped series. I am still getting comments from strangers who were there on the night and loved the whole episode.

Thank you to the ASO for the opportunity – although scary, it has been a lot of fun and I did have a lot of laughs.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:00am

#REMASTERED makes its entrance for 2017

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"It's really refreshing to meet young people who are excited about our music and what we do at the ASO; we're not often a strongly present demographic at symphonic concerts so I feel like there's a really noticeable change in energy in the audience at ReMastered concerts, which somehow feels really tangible and exciting as a performer!"

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017 10:00am

Backstage with… Owen Morris

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In November last year, Owen Morris was appointed to the position of Principal Trumpet with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. The ASO’s newest member is also one of the youngest and at just 22 years of age, he already has an impressive career.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:30am

Unconditional gifts

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Renowned British conductor and ASO regular guest Mark Wigglesworth returns to Adelaide to open our 2017 Master Series with music he loves. Here, Wigglesworth writes about one of his favourite composers.

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To further strengthen your orchestra, the ASO has made a number of key appointments across its Board of Directors, orchestral and management departments. Meet our newest team members…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:30pm

Welcoming our first class of ASO Advocates

This fortnight our Audience Development Coordinator Kane Moroney introduces us to our newest recruits: our ASO Advocates…

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Ahead of this Saturday night's first Great Classics concert for Season 2017 - Rhapsody & Symphony - we take a look at the history of Rhapsody in Blue and George Gershwin’s life, and reveal a distant connection between the great American composer and virtuoso pianist Simon Tesdeschi

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:00pm

Bravo to retiring musician Juris Ezergailis

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Upon his retirement last month from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, former viola section leader Juris Ezergailis was honoured by fellow ASO musicians and staff, in recognition of his 42-year tenure and deep imprint on the orchestra…

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Horn players Emma Gregan and Alex Miller are our newest orchestra members. The young couple moved from Brisbane to Adelaide last year and were both awarded full-time positions with the ASO…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:00pm

The Evolution of a Bouquet

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Flowers matter around the world and Tynte Flowers, a prestigious emporium of all things floral, supply at least 52 bouquets during the ASO season…

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Internationally acclaimed young Australian violinist Grace Clifford returns to play with the ASO for the first time since 2014…

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Pinchas Zukerman – a world phenomenon in music for over 40 years – returns to the ASO in November, and the ASO players are looking forward to sharing the stage with this phenomenal musician…

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Nothing compares to hearing a symphony orchestra live. For over 80 years, the ASO has performed world-class music from the classical and romantic periods as well as music by living composers from all over the globe. From Masters to The Hilltop Hoods, Bowie to musical Royalty – come celebrate our 80th birthday with us…

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016 9:30am

First Person with conductor Dr Jeffrey Tate

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First Person with conductor Dr Jeffrey Tate: the British conductor’s awaited return to Australia this week in a new role with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is a coup, says Louise Nunn…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:00am

Juggling & Jigsaws: How we put the ASO Season together

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ASO Director, Artistic Planning Simon Lord tells us what it takes to put together the ASO’s orchestral season and what he’s been doing to prepare for the ASO’s Season 2017 launch on 29 September…

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Monday, September 19, 2016 11:30am

Hop on the tram with the ASO’s Simon Cobcroft

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The ASO’s very own Simon Cobcroft (Principal Cello) hopped on the tram with City Messenger reporter Sophie Perri to chat about his upcoming solo performance in Elgar’s Cello Concert and his other obsession aside from the cello – food.

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Monday, September 05, 2016 10:00am

Q&A with Alexei Volodin

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Acclaimed Russian pianist Alexei Volodin makes his debut with the ASO in September, and chats with us about his take on Brahms’s grand and powerful Second Piano Concerto and who he’d love to meet in a bar…

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Monday, August 15, 2016 4:00pm

The ASO out and about

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The ASO’s very own Martin Butler (viola) directed our Community Concert series earlier year. He’s about to head out into the community again with a visit to community centres in Findon, Hillcrest, Pooraka, Morphett Vale and Tusmore and he chats with us about why the ASO’s new community initiative is so important and so special…

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Monday, August 15, 2016 3:45pm

#REMASTERED

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#REMASTERED 2 took place on Fri 5 Aug. The cohort of Under 30s attendees enjoyed a performance by the ASO, followed by an afterparty at WOTSO WorkSpace on Flinders St. The evening in pictures…

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Monday, August 15, 2016 3:30pm

Q&A with Guy Noble

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ASO favourite Guy Noble returns this week for Classics Unwrapped #2 and chats with us about why he’s looking forward to Big Egos, Big Music…

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Monday, August 01, 2016 11:10am

Tales of the most beautiful oboe solo

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ASO Principal Oboist Celia Craig tells us why she’s looking forward to Glorious Brahms, and why the beautiful second movement of the Brahms’s Violin Concerto is both challenging and sublime to play…

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American violinist and Berlin Philharmonic Concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley joins the ASO in August, and chats with us about his take on Brahms’s monumental Violin Concerto and who he’d love to invite for dinner…

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ASO Principal 1st Violin Shirin Lim tells us why she’s looking forward to Simone Young’s return to the ASO, and what she’s been doing to prepare for this big concert on 23 July…

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Monday, July 18, 2016 11:00am

Con brillante

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The orchestra is the pinnacle of human community – a form where dozens of people work as one to create music that elevates us all. To match this, black tie, with elegant flashes of brilliance – a jewel or strip of precious metal at the neck – is the only option.

Take a behind-the-scenes peek at CityMag’s urban photo shoot at hip Bowden studio Tenth and Gibson...

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Monday, July 04, 2016 12:10pm

String reflections

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Our very own concertmaster, Natsuko Yoshimoto sits down and talks with us ahead of the next concert in our Mozart at Elder matinee series this Wednesday, 6 July at 11.30am...

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Monday, July 04, 2016 12:00pm

Young’s contemplation of monumental Mahler

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Internationally acclaimed, Australian-born Simone Young returns to the ASO in July to conduct Mahler’s Monumental Symphony No 6, paired perfectly with Schubert’s radiantly optimistic Unfinished Symphony, and tells us what it’s like to come home to Australia to conduct the music she loves…

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Monday, June 20, 2016 12:10pm

The elemental force of Shamray

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Performing one of Prokofiev’s most successful and popular concert works, award-winning Russian-born, Adelaide-based pianist Konstantin Shamray returns to the ASO in June for Dazzling Prokofiev. Konstantin Shamray tells us why he loves playing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto and why this special work resonates with his heart…

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The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has launched a piece filmed at its Classics Unwrapped series online via YouTube and Facebook 360, and now audiences can view the ASO in virtual reality from anywhere. In this innovative concert-going experience, audiences move around the concert hall and experience 360-degree views of the orchestra with immersive sound to view and hear over 60 Adelaide Symphony Orchestra musicians on stage performing Sibelius’ stirring symphonic poem, Finlandia...

 

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