Popular Lunch Hour concerts return to Elder Hall
Friday, 4 February 2005
The new program for the 2005 Elder Hall Lunch Hour Concert Series has been released at the University of Adelaide today.
Regarded as one of the University's most popular cultural activities on its North Terrace campus, the new series of concerts will commence at 1.10pm on Friday, March 4 in Elder Hall.
The opening concert features five internationally acclaimed musicians: the Australian String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Adelaide's Elder School of Music, and Melbourne based pianist Benjamin Martin. Together they will perform Schumann's much loved Piano Quintet Op.44.
The concerts, which are held every Friday during semester, feature an eclectic mix of chamber music, orchestral repertoire, recitals and jazz. Ensembles making their debut in the series include Caliente, Eve Vocal Trio and the Southern Cross Soloists. In addition there will be performances by the Elder School of Music's major orchestral ensembles and many of its staff and students.
Caliente specialise in Brazilian music and for their concert on March 11 they will perform contemporary and traditional songs and choros. The ensemble is flamboyant and colourful, and uses an extensive range of percussion.
Eve Vocal Trio features three outstanding singers who are all graduates of the Elder School of Music. For their concert on April 15 three musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will join them. Their program includes some stunning new compositions by leading Adelaide composers.
Southern Cross Soloists are ensemble in residence at the Queensland Conservatorium, where its members also teach. Led by Paul Dean, one of Australia's leading clarinettists, the program features familiar repertoire which has been arranged to specifically suit the unusual instrumentation of the ensemble.
Other highlights include a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Natsuko Yoshimoto (leader of the ASQ) as soloist with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra on June 3 and a performance of Peteris Vasks' Violin Concerto with Margaret Blades (leader of the ASO) as soloist with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra on June 17.
The concerts will be held at Elder Hall every Friday at 1.10pm from March 4 until June 17. Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door from 12.30pm on the day of each concert. Special subscription passes are also available for $60. For more information or to obtain a detailed brochure contact the Concert Office on (08) 8303 5925.
For full program details visit: www.music.adelaide.edu.au