Two of SA's finest orchestras in collaboration

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The 80-piece Adelaide Youth Orchestra (AdYO) will team up for the first time ever with the University of Adelaide's 65-piece Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra - to present two performances over one massive weekend.

The program will see AdYO's Maestro Series hit new heights in June with a special co-presentation with the Elder Conservatorium of Music's Evenings at Elder Hall program.

The program for both Maestro Series 2 Titan concerts, on Saturday June 14 at 6.30pm and Sunday June 15 at 3.00pm, is an impressive one.

The Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (ECSO) will open each concert with two works - Schubert's Overture to Rosamunde, D. 797 and Weber's joyous Clarinet Concertino.

ECSO members are mainly full-time tertiary students within the Elder Conservatorium's Bachelor of Music degree. One of those is Samantha Webber - who'll make her debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the Titan concerts - performing Weber's Clarinet Concertino with ECSO. Twenty-year-old Samantha, who took up the clarinet when she was nine and is currently studying with Peter Handsworth at the Elder Conservatorium, has been a member of AdYO and ECSO since 2012. She's currently Principal Clarinet with both orchestras and in her second of year of study at the Elder Conservatorium in the Bachelor of Music-Classical Performance program.

Following interval AdYO, comprising 80 musicians aged 11 to 24, will join ECSO on stage to perform as one ensemble. Together they'll present Mahler's grandiose and lyrical Symphony No 1 Titan - fittingly composed when Mahler himself was just 24.

AdYO and ECSO have been searching for some time for a collaborative performance opportunity which would further strengthen the close ties between the two organisations.

"We're both committed to excellent music education, music-making and creating quality performance opportunities for gifted young musicians - and this historic collaboration ticks all the boxes," says Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM, Director of the University's Elder Conservatorium of Music.

For AdYO, these concerts illustrate the organisation's growing interest in cultivating a culture of shared learning across South Australia's music circles.

"Collaborations like these allow musicians of all ages to learn from and be inspired by each other - it's a priceless opportunity," says AdYO's Artistic Director, Associate Professor Keith Crellin OAM.

Maestro Series 2: Titan
Saturday 14 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm (with interval)
Sunday 15 June, 3.00pm-5.00pm (with interval)
Elder Hall, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide

Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
Schubert: Overture to Rosamunde, D. 797
Weber: Clarinet Concertino
Adelaide Youth Orchestra & Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No 1 Titan
Keith Crellin OAM, Conductor
Samantha Webber, Clarinet

Tickets: Adult $28, Concession & Seniors Card $22, Student & Children (up to 18) $18, Family (4 people) $60
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