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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:00pm

The Evolution of a Bouquet


Adelaide — The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra players rose to their feet after the legendary Pinchas Zukerman acknowledged and invited them to take a bow on the Adelaide Town Hall stage. Out came staff bearing armfuls of flowers for Mr Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng to thank them for their performances.

Flowers matter in the arts world, where countless splendid bouquets will be handed out during an orchestral season. But what can seem a simple gesture of appreciation is in fact a highly codified practice.

“Adelaide is where the art of the bouquet has been perfected,” said Richard Frolich, who runs Tynte Flowers in North Adelaide, a prestigious emporium of all things floral a short drive from the ASO. They supply at least 52 bouquets during the ASO season, which runs continuously from February to early December.



Tynte Flowers’ flower emporium in O’Connell Street, North Adelaide


“The time it takes depends on how many different varieties of flowers,” said Mr Frolich, standing amid buckets of blooms in the back of his shop.



Buckets of Tynte Flowers, ready for arranging.


“It also depends on whether the bouquet is one-sided, 2/3 round or all round.”

“Our flowers come from local South Australian growers and the Dandenongs in Victoria, and our high quality roses come from Africa and Ecuador.”

Mr Frolich says it is extremely important for flowers to be in water at all times.

“As the florist makes a bouquet and whilst it is more difficult, we encourage them to keep the flowers in water,” Mr Frolich explains.


Preparations at Tynte Flowers for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra bouquet order


“When the bouquet is complete, all the stems need to be trimmed off at the base with a slash cut to maximise the surface area of the stems to drink water. The bouquet is then plunged straight into water, a vase with a high level of water.”

He also explained that vases need to kept filled at all times to maximise the exposure of stems to water – especially roses – as this lengthens their life and the recipient’s enjoyment of the flowers.


An Adelaide Symphony Orchestra bouquet from Tynte.


For Carter & Wagner – the opening night of the ASO’s Season 2016 in February – Tynte filled several orders for ASO Principal Conductor, Nicholas Carter, violin virtuoso James Ehnes who performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Michelle DeYoung, Simon O’Neill and Shane Lowrencev in Wagner’s Die Walküre Act 1.

ASO Principal Conductor, Nicholas Carter conducts the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Carter & Wagner with (L-R) Simon O’Neill as Siegmund, Michelle DeYoung as Sieglinde and Shane Lowrencev as as Hunding

Apparently until 1997, when London’s Royal Opera House closed for renovation, bouquets were brought onstage by two men dressed in white wigs, knickerbockers and much gold braid. Known as flunkeys, they would walk on to the stage with stately ceremony, bow to the artists, offer the flowers, step back, bow again and walk off with the same choreographed deliberation.



Delivery from Tynte Flowers to Mr Zukerman

It is ASO practice to give flowers to the conductor and soloists after each concert and ASO staff help present the flowers at the Adelaide Town Hall – but they wear a simpler outfit, usually black, and are bereft of a wig.

The bouquet presenters at Zukerman in Concert on Fri 25 Nov were Adelaide Town Hall Usher, Kate and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Development Assistant, Dani.


L-R Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth, Nicholas Carter, Angela Cheng backstage at the Adelaide Town Hall after Zukerman in Concert on Fri 25 Nov.

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This article was written by Michelle Robins, Publications & Communications Coordinator, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.



Funnily enough I think there is a great deal to be said for the uniform. Part of the whole thing is the person who is presenting the flowers. We seem to have descended from a time when the presenter was a known member of the ASO staff, to now when it seems to be little more than a random body from the venue staff. That detracts from the specialness of the presentation, both from the performers point of view and from the audience's. No need for wigs, this is Oz after all. But evening dress would seem minimally appropriate.
Posted By: Francis Vaughan on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:00am
Hi Francis, the ASO's Artistic Administrator, Stevan Pavlovic was ready back stage (along with the ASO's Development Assistant, Dani) but Stev was suffering from severe allergies that evening (Adelaide's pollen count that day was a whopping 165!), so the venue staff kindly stepped up to help us. We share the honour of presenting flowers for conductors and soloists amongst our ASO staff and venue staff, and we all love taking part in this tradition.
Posted By: Michelle Robins on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 1:51pm

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