Friday, January 12, 2018 8:16am
We were lucky enough to grab 5 minutes with Andrew De Silva to find out all things music for him. Read on to find out the most embarrassing song on his playlist and what his first live concert experience was. We can't wait to see Andrew in the 2018 concert George Michael: Listen to Your Heart
Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:11am
This week on the blog we have five fabulous minutes with the brilliant Emma Gregan. Emma is a Tutti Horn player and has been with the ASO since 2015. If you are curious to know about the quirks of Emma's instrument and what music she is listening to at the moment, read on and enjoy.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 12:27pm
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Come & Play
One of the ways in which your ASO engages with its community is through its Come and Play program. This gives community musicians the opportunity to sit next to professional musicians to experience what it’s like to play in a symphony orchestra.
In 2017, this program was offered on Sunday 30 July and after the event, we asked participant (oboist), Anthony Radogna, for some feedback.
Monday, November 13, 2017 2:30pm
Composer, arranger, pianist and seeker of Happy Times from Adelaide, Mark Simeon Ferguson is busy orchestrating tunes for ASO Does Latin with the Marmalade Man. Our first installment in our 2018 Gigs at Grainger Series will be filled with the exhilarating rhythms of the mambo, samba, tango, and cha-cha—Mark talks about his past collaborations with the orchestra and what he is looking forward to in 2018.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 3:03pm
Simon Lord, Director of Artistic Planning at the ASO shares his thoughts on the legacy of the great Leonard Bernstein and how we will celebrate it in 2018, the year that would have seen him turn 100.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 1:46pm
Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist. She joins conductor Paul Kildea and the ASO for Taking Flight - a concert that is a 'listening reverie' in the spirit of Plato's idea of music, "giving wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything".
Friday, September 29, 2017 2:45pm
John Williams’ score to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneTM has cemented itself as a great icon of 21st century film music, his signature sound playing a key role in bringing J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world to life. Conductor Nicholas Buc shares his Top Five Magical Moments from this wonderful score.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:35am
This season launch, as most ASO events throughout 2017 have done, completely reiterated for me, the reasons why I joined this fantastic cause.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:13pm
This August, the ASO again offered its hugely popular BIG REHEARSALS program which enables students to be mentored by ASO musicians, as they rehearse and perform together.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 5:06pm
In 2018, the ASO is proud to reinvent its Artistic Leadership Team with some exciting additions.
Friday, August 11, 2017 7:02pm
Celia Craig was born in Northampton and worked with several different orchestras in the UK before joining the ASO in 2011. Find out how she came to play the oboe and why she is especially looking forward to performing Mozart's Gran Partita with her woodwind colleagues.
Friday, August 11, 2017 9:41am
Acclaimed British conductor Matthew Halls is excited to be returning to Adelaide for an ASO concert he says promises a colourful – at times enigmatic – program showcasing some of his favourite composers.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:39pm
Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:24pm
Geoffrey Collins has played Principal Flute with the ASO since the Ring cycle in 1998. He has performed as a soloist with most of Australia’s leading orchestras and has a particular interest in contemporary music. Geoffrey will be playing the Adelaide Premiere of Ian Munro’s Flute Concerto with the ASO this month.
Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:31am
Monday, July 17, 2017 8:00am
Today we feature 'five minutes with Mitch Berick' ASO's Principal Bass Clarinet. Mitch has played with the ASO since 2010 and has enjoyed many memorable concerts in those years. Have a read about Mitch's journey to being a professional Clarinet player as well as his love of skiing and his crazy Boston Terrier named Baxter.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017 10:00am
Logan Nutley is 10 years old and from Calliope in Central Queensland. ASO Principal Oboe, Celia Craig is his oboe teacher - via Skype! She invited him to visit the ASO in April this year to see concerts and to meet some other young oboe students. It turned into a trip of lifetime for young Logan.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:00pm
ASO Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello's beautiful tribute to our Principal Guest Conductor, Jeffrey Tate, CBE, who passed away on 3 June 2017.
Monday, June 05, 2017 5:18pm
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.
Friday, May 19, 2017 9:49am
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.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:24am
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.
Thursday, May 04, 2017 10:18am
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.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:00am
"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!"
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 10:00am
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.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:30am
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.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 3:30pm
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…
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:30pm
This fortnight our Audience Development Coordinator Kane Moroney introduces us to our newest recruits: our ASO Advocates…
Thursday, February 09, 2017 8:30am
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…
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:00pm
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…
Monday, December 12, 2016 11:30am
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…
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:00pm
Flowers matter around the world and Tynte Flowers, a prestigious emporium of all things floral, supply at least 52 bouquets during the ASO season…
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:30pm
Internationally acclaimed young Australian violinist Grace Clifford returns to play with the ASO for the first time since 2014…
Monday, November 07, 2016 12:00pm
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…
From radio ensemble to the world stage, Masters to The Hilltop Hoods, Bowie to musical royalty – we are your orchestra
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 2:15pm
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…
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 9:30am
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…
Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:00am
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…
Monday, September 19, 2016 11:30am
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.
Monday, September 05, 2016 10:00am
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…
Monday, August 15, 2016 4:00pm
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…
Monday, August 15, 2016 3:45pm
#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…
Monday, August 15, 2016 3:30pm
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…
Monday, August 01, 2016 11:10am
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…
Monday, August 01, 2016 11:00am
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…
Monday, July 18, 2016 11:10am
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…
Monday, July 18, 2016 11:00am
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...
Monday, July 04, 2016 12:10pm
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...
Monday, July 04, 2016 12:00pm
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…
Monday, June 20, 2016 12:10pm
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…
Monday, June 20, 2016 12:00pm
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...