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Concert tribute to operatic great

A tribute concert honouring one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century, Greek soprano Maria Callas, will be held at Elder Hall on Saturday 6 November.

The World of Maria Callas concert will mark the culmination of Adelaide's Hellenic Cultural Festival and is being coordinated by the Elder Conservatorium of Music and the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia.

Guila Tiver (mezzo-soprano) and Patrick Power (tenor) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music and guest soprano Rosalind Martin will present some of Callas's operatic favourites in the two-hour concert.

They will be joined by the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Keith Crellin, in an evening featuring operatic pieces by Gluck, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Delibes, Saint-SaŽns, Offenbach, DvorŠk, Puccini and Verdi.

Music from Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Cosž fan tutte and including Nessun Dorma - one of the world's most beloved arias - will form part of the program.

The concert will not only pay tribute to Maria Callas, but also acknowledge the influence of ancient Greek tragedy and myths on the emergence of opera as an art form.

Channel 10 news presenter George Donikian will emcee the event, which will be followed by Greek food, wine and music on the Goodman Lawns in front of Elder Hall.

Tickets for The World of Maria Callas concert are: $25 (adults), $20 (concession) and $15 (students).

Meanwhile, the Lunchtimes at Elder Hall concert season draws to a close this month with two outstanding programs on offer.

On 5 November, the Adelaide Chamber Players led by violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto will perform Mendelssohn's popular Octet for Strings. Japanese-born Yoshimoto is the Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and one of Australia's most sought after violin virtuosos.

The last lunchtime concert of the year, on 12 November, will see four rising stars from the Elder Conservatorium of Music compete in the Beta Sigma Phi Awards.

Student pianists Mekhla Kumar and Warwick Ambrose, cellist Jack Ward and flute player Anna Cooper will vie for $2400 in prize money, with the winner announced at the end of the concert.

For more information and bookings for any of these concerts, contact Elder Hall Manager Claire Oremland on 08 8303 5925 or email:

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Greek soprano Maria Callas, who will be the subject of a tribute concert at Elder Hall this month

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