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August nights are a hot ticket

Two very different concerts - one featuring Latin jazz at Elder Hall, the other bringing together the talents of three choirs at St Peter's Cathedral - give lovers of good music something to choose from this month.

Both events are part of the ELDERHALL evenings concert series, which showcases the musicians and ensembles of the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music at their best alongside guest artists from Australia and abroad.

ELDERHALL evenings Tickets: $25 adult; $20 concession; $14 student

For bookings and more information contact the Concert Office on (08) 8303 5925

Sketches of Spain

6.30pm Saturday 9 August, Elder Hall, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide.

This features the first full performance in Australia of the classic collaboration by Miles Davis and Gil Evans, Sketches of Spain, being performed by American trumpeter Ray Vega and the Elder Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra directed by Robert Hower. Ray Vega will also play Latin jazz with the Elder Conservatorium Big Band One directed by Dustan ("Dusty") Cox.

"Ray Vega is an amazing trumpet player and musician, and has been in great demand in New York and around the world for many years," Dusty Cox said.

"He crosses all musical borders, performing in jazz, Latin, and classical styles, and is an experienced educator.

"Ray has recently relocated from New York to Vermont, where he has accepted a position as Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Vermont."

Mr Cox said the concert will include "the entire 1960 collaboration and recording of Sketches of Spain by Gil Evans and Miles Davis".

"We have acquired Gil Evans's original scores and are very excited to present some of the greatest music in jazz as a showcase for Ray's playing."

Three Choirs

6.30pm Saturday 30 August, St Peter's Cathedral, King William Road, North Adelaide.

Featuring the Elder Conservatorium Chorale conducted by Carl Crossin, Adelaide Voices conducted by Christie Anderson and Bella Voce conducted by Emma Horwood, this joint production between the Elder Conservatorium and St Peter's Cathedral sees all three choirs performing a program of sacred works.

One of Adelaide's favourite sons, Anthony Hunt, is also returning from the Royal Academy of Music in London to accompany on the magnificent Cathedral organ.

"The music on program for the Three Choirs is pretty varied, ranging from the power of 20th Century English Cathedral music in Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Missa Brevis, to the ethereal in Holst's Nunc Dimittis and Pärt's Magnificat. Plus there's Australian, African, Celtic and American music in there for good measure," said the Manager of Concerts at St Peter's Cathedral, Edward Joyner.

"This concert features all three choirs - about 100 singers in total - combining to provide an outstanding musical experience," he said.

The concert is one of three joint performances between the Cathedral and the Elder Conservatorium this year.

To hear live music performances and find out more about studies in Music, visit Open Day (Sunday 17 August).

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