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8 Mar 2023
  • Media Release
by Nicola Cann

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Community Centres SA, perform Song and Dance – a series of FREE community concerts across metropolitan Adelaide between 22 – 24 March.

Be swept away by the sweet sounds of the ASO as we bring our free community concerts to your neighbourhood! With the charismatic conductor and presenter Martin Butler leading the way, you’ll be treated to a concert of light-hearted tunes that are guaranteed to leave you tapping your toes and humming along.

Join us for a delightful day out with friends and family as an ensemble of 14 talented string players fill the air with beautiful symphonic melodies, right in the comfort of your own community. Martin’s entertaining style incorporates visual elements to engage people of varying backgrounds and music knowledge.

Conductor and presenter Martin says, “About two thirds of the modern symphony orchestra are string players. During the rise of the symphony in the time of Mozart and Haydn the string section provided a natural acoustic ambience on which the solo winds and brass could be displayed.

In our program aptly titled Song and Dance, members of the ASO string section are able to display the versatility and adaptability of the string orchestra. We will start and finish with music based on folk song. The music of Piazzolla and Khachaturian relate to dance music. If you are familiar with the ABC Classics Swoon series then I’m sure that you will agree that Karl Jenkins’ Benedictus will be the piece for you! Come along and enjoy, as well as be informed through a visual presentation, an hour of beautiful music making!”

Martin’s new favourite piece from the concert is And Birds are Still  by the Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu. He says, “It is an extremely evocative piece which suggests birds sitting on a wire with small, discrete movements, or fluttering, in the violins. Eventually a ‘murmuration’ of birds can be heard swooping across the sky. It is such an enchanting piece.”

ASO Community & Learning Programs Manager, Maxine Lee-Morath says, “Music brings people together, where they may not have crossed paths before. It can facilitate understanding, empathy and discovery. The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s work in the community space encourages all of these things, with a focus on access for all.”

Community Centres are at the heart of the local community; they empower and connect people in a meaningful way. The ASO has been performing in Community Centres since 2016. Acting Community Centres SA CEO  Scott Dutschke says, “Community Centres SA is pleased to once again have the unique opportunity to partner with the ASO to bring their talents to communities across South Australia!  

Community Centres are a welcoming place for all – making them the perfect backdrop for the ASO’s Community Concert Series. We thank the ASO for their continued commitment to collaborate with Community Centres to provide the opportunity for those who may not have had the chance to experience the sounds of the ASO.”


The Village Well Aldgate – Tuesday 21 March, 1.30pm

Aberfoyle Community Centre – Wednesday 22 March, 10am

Reynella Neighbourhood Centre – Wednesday 22 March,  2pm

Grenville Hub Elizabeth – Thursday 23 March, 10am

Burton Community Centre – Thursday 23 March, 2pm

Seaton North Neighbourhood Centre – Friday 24 March, 10am

Fulham Community Centre – Friday 24 March, 2pm

Program to include:

KHACHATURIAN Gayane: Dance of the Rose Maidens
PIAZZOLLA Tango Preparense
TRADITIONAL Andet Brudestykke & The 30 Years Jig
KARL JENKINS Benedictus (The Armed Man)
BRIAN BALMAGES Irish Junkyard Jam

To find your nearest Community Centre concert and details on how to secure your seat visit

The ASO are performing with support from Community Centres SA.

ASO aims to reach as many people as possible each year through a diverse program across many genres and formats, and perform at venues right across the State and beyond.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is South Australia’s largest performing arts organisation. Established in 1936, it has been bringing music into the lives of South Australians for 86 years. As well as presenting orchestral concerts the ASO’s focus is on nurturing our future musicians & audiences through concerts, education & community programs. ASO aims to inspire, challenge, educate and entertain. 

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