Grand music in May
The University of Adelaide's Elder Hall concerts offer something for everyone in May, from jazz to classical and even a taste of Brazil.
National jazz icon Allan Browne and acclaimed trumpeter Eugene Ball will play at the University's first Evenings at Elder Hall concert for 2011 on Thursday 5 May.
Browne, a jazz drummer with a career spanning 50 years, will make his only Adelaide appearance at Elder Hall, performing with the Elder Conservatorium Big Band 1 and special guest artist, trumpeter and music composer Eugene Ball.
The Ages of Jazz concert will feature authentic arrangements from the Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong eras of the late 1920s and early 1930s, including such classics as Main Stem, Harlem Air Shaft, Mood Indigo and Mahogany Hall Stomp.
The evening will trace jazz from its beginnings in 1900, through the many different phases of Dixieland, swing, mainstream, bebop, cool, modal, free and fusion, post bop, acid jazz, smooth and retro to today.
On Saturday 28 May, classical music lovers will also be in for a treat when the University of Adelaide's two new Steinway grand pianos feature in their first public evening performance at Elder Hall.
Head of Keyboard at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Lucinda Collins, and Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray will perform Mozart's Concerto for 2 pianos, Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite and Mendelssohn's deeply moving Reformation Symphony.
Conductor Keith Crellin and the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra will accompany the pianists in In Celebration of Two Steinways, starting at 6.30pm.
Meanwhile, Lunchtimes at Elder Hall presents acclaimed chamber music group the Benaud Trio on Friday 6 May, performing an all-Russian program that includes Rachmaninov, Rodion Shchedrin and Alfred Schnittke.
The following week, Friday 13 May, will see vocalist Lauren Sturdy, saxophonist Dusty Cox, pianist Bruce Hancock, John Aué on bass and drummer Jamie Jones entertain audiences with the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
The Australian String Quartet also returns on Friday 20 May with guest pianist Albert Tiu for Brahms' powerful Piano Quintet in F minor.
Robert Hower will conduct the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra in a lunchtime concert on Friday 27 May, including works by composers Mark Camphouse and Percy Grainger.
Evenings at Elder Hall
Tickets: $25 adult; $20 concession; $15 student. To discuss a special Family Ticket deal, contact the Elder Hall Concert Manager.
Lunchtimes at Elder Hall
Tickets: $7, available at the door from 12:30pm.
For more information or bookings, call the Elder Hall Concert Manager on: 08 8303 5925 or email: email@example.com
Story by Candy Gibson