AGM 2014

Doesn’t the year go fast? The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will take place in the Grainger Studio on Monday 20 October at 5:30 pm for 6 pm.

As with most FASO functions, refreshments will be served; and you will have an opportunity to meet your Committee members, and hear about our achievements over the past year and plans for the year to come.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Functions-at-Kooyonga-Landing-PageThis year’s Serenade luncheon will take place at the wonderful Kooyonga Golf Club on Sunday 19 October at 12 noon for 12:30 pm.

This ever-popular event gives Friends a chance to mingle with others, accompanied by good food and wine, and serenaded by the superb Bacchanalia Quartet.

Booking and price details will be available shortly.

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Beethoven Festival

Beethovens_Chamber_Music_AdelaideThe ASO’s Beethoven Festival kicked off on Friday 15 August with the Conduct Your Orchestra event at the Adelaide Railway Station, which was a resounding success.

Now the countdown is on for the Friends of the ASO’s chamber music concert on Sunday 14 September at 2pm in the Mortlock wing of the State Library.

Several of our wonderful ASO players will be presenting an exciting Beethoven programme:

  • Septet op 20 in E flat major (Natsuko Yoshimoto, Dean Newcomb, Mark Gaydon, Imants Larsens, Ewen Bramble, Harley Gray, Anna Axelsson)
  • String Quartet no 11 in F minor, op 95, Serioso (Minas Berberyan, Erna Berberyan, Imants Larsens, Cameron Waters)
  • String Quartet op 18 no 3 (Janet Anderson, Emma Perkins, Michael Robertson, Gemma Phillips)

The concert will take about 2 hours with interval, and the ticket price of $40 for FASO members and $45 for non-members includes refreshments.

Numbers are limited and tickets are going fast – there are only a few places left – so make sure you call the Friends office on 08 8233 6211 (or e-mail if you haven’t booked yet!

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First FASO Function for 2012

The first Friends’ event for 2012 will be a concert presented by the Adelaide Youth Strings ensemble conducted by Martin Butler, on Sunday 1 April at 2:30 pm in the Grainger Studio.

The concert will take the form of a semi-open rehearsal and performance, in which Martin will comment on the pieces and the ensemble’s approach to performing them, and demonstrate the process.

Afternoon tea will be served.

FASO is delighted to support AdYO, a very talented group of young musicans – and the next generation of professional musicians and concertgoers for the Adelaide concert scene and beyond.  You can find out more about them at

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Well, I blinked, and now…

The year is just racing away – especially now that Mad March is upon us – and the ASO is off to a flying start.

First up was Inspired by the Sea, the alfresco concert at Mt Lofty Botanic Garden on Saturday 28 January.  After a superb first half, the heavens opened, but the audience stayed on until safety issues dictated an early end to the concert.  Says a lot about both the quality of the ASO and the stoicism of the Orchestra’s supporters…

While there was no chance of the Season Opening Concert being rained off in the Town Hall on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February, the rain certainly did its best to make its presence known on the Saturday night.  Nowhere near enough to spoil a great start to the Town Hall concerts, though.  After the majestic opening of Wagner’s Meistersinger Overture (which always leaves me wanting to hear the hymn that follows), Natsuko was in fine form with Sibelius’ Violin Concerto; then after the interval came Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique – a piece that I enjoy listening to well enough in broadcasts or recordings, but which has so much more to offer in live performance.  I always love the off-key bells in the final movement’s Dies Irae motif, and it was quite something to watch the augmented tympani in the penultimate movement.

The following week brought The King’s Singers, a highly polished performance by a seasoned and versatile group, and the week after that For the Love of Scotland, replacing the cancelled Symphony at the Movies with Michael Parkinson.  February was then rounded off with Symphony Under the Stars in Elder Park, which went ahead despite the heat and offered the thousands in Elder Park a free treat of popular classics.

And then it was March, and the Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Chorus, under the baton of Italian composer of movie and classical music Maestro Ennio Morricone, competed with (and ultimately prevailed over) the cars of the Clipsal twilight race and the somewhat noisy disposal of bottles during the encores, on the opening night of this year’s Adelaide International Arts Festival.

Still to come this month are Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, the residency at Goolwa and then, on the final weekend of the month, Master Series 1 (Nielsen’s Helios, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1 and Beethoven’s Eroica) at the Town Hall.

And that’s only the first quarter of the year…

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Nothing to do with a Hills Hoist…

The Friends started the year on a strong note by donating two new rotary trumpets to the ASO.  Those of you who were at the AGM last October will remember Matt Dempsey, Principal Trumpet, demonstrating the difference in sound between the traditional trumpet and the rotary trumpet, and explaining why he hoped the Orchestra would be able to use them for (amongst other works) the performance of Bruckner 3 in May.

The trumpets were ordered before the Christmas break, and arrived well in time to complement the existing instrument for their informal first use in the Season Opening concert in February.   Their first formal use will be in Beethoven’s Eroica during the first Master Series concert at the end of March.

Later in the year, there will be a Friends function with an explanation of the trumpets and the opportunity to hear them in recital – more details will be available in due course, so watch this space…

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Fine Music this Sunday …

It seems that, even though the ASO is now officially on its end-of-year break, we don’t have to worry about a shortage of good music just yet.

The Benaud Trio will be performing on Sunday afternoon (11 December) at 3 pm in Pilgrim Church, Flinders Street.  After playing the Haydn Piano Trio in G Major, they will be joined by Merewyn Bramble on viola for Brahms’ Piano Quartet No 1 in G Minor.

So take a break from all the Christmas rushing around (do you really need to do all that shopping?), or have a pause between family commitments, and make your way to Pilgrim for a bit of culture amongst all the commercialism.

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