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August 2005 Issue
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Have a masterpiece for lunch!


Masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire form the cornerstone of the new series of Lunch Hour Concerts which begin this month in Elder Hall.

The concerts begin on Friday, August 5 at 1.10pm with the Piano Quintet in G minor by Brahms. This magnificent work will be performed by four outstanding musicians: Lucinda Collins (piano), Keith Crellin (viola), Janis Laurs (cello) and Kristian Winther, a young, vibrant and extremely gifted musician from Melbourne.

It is followed on Friday, August 12 by a performance of the Schubert's great Quintet in C major. Margaret Blades, Acting Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and part-time lecturer in violin at the Elder School of Music, will lead this stunning work for string quartet with an extra cello. It will be one of her last performances before she moves to Perth to join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as associate concertmaster.

The two cellists for the performance are perfectly matched: twins and Elder School of Music graduates Pei-Jee and Pei-Sian Ng, who are currently taking a break from their studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where they are both on full scholarships.

Two of Australia's leading ensembles, the Australian String Quartet and the Southern Cross Soloists join for another Schubert masterpiece, this time his Octet in F major.

Later in the series five postgraduate students from the Elder School of Music will perform the Piano Quintet in G minor, by Shostakovich.

In addition to chamber music, the series also features an outstanding jazz program, plenty of new repertoire and some exciting new artists.

The Idea of North, which gave a sold out performance last year, returns for a concert on Friday, October 14. Adelaide's premier jazz vocal choir, the Adelaide Connection, will perform both a cappella and with rhythm section on Friday, September 23 September; and on Friday, October 7 three postgraduate jazz students will present the music of Antonio-Carlos Jobim.

Ian Munro, one of Australia's finest pianists will visit Adelaide to make his debut in the series, performing some of the best-loved piano repertoire including Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. New works include the South Australian premiere of Never This Sun, This Watcher by Nigel Butterly performed by the Brighton Secondary School Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will be held in Elder Hall every Friday at 1.10pm from August 5 until November 18. Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door from 12.30pm on the day of each concert. For full program details visit the Elder School of Music's website.

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