2018 Concert Series

2018 Concert Season

Concert Series 1 – March 2018

The first concert of the year on 17th and 18th March opened with a tribute to the late Colin Brumby with a performance of Overture in Folk Style which he had specially composed for the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra. Humperdinck’s Prelude to Hansel and Gretel followed. A trumpet concerto by Australian composer, John Carmichael, featured John Corley, local musician and member of the Orchestra, as soloist. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 filled the second half of the program. VIEW PROGRAMME

HUMPERDINCK Prelude to Hansel and Gretel
JOHN CARMICHAEL Trumpet Concerto with Soloist John Corley
DVORAK Symphony No 7 in D Minor
CONDUCTOR Dr Allan Stiles

Concert Series 2 – June/July 2018

Our second Gala Event took place on June 30th and July 1st – Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna – with a presentation of many of the best-known waltzes and vocal works from the City of Dreams. Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto was performed by Zoe Andrews (flute) and Verna Lee (harp) and Judith Rough sang some favourite songs and arias. Also included in this program were the winning compositions of the SHSO Composition Competition sponsored by Ann Carr-Boyd. This popular concert finished with the traditional audience participation in Strauss’s Radetzky March followed by a Viennese reception. VIEW PROGRAMME

FRANZ VON SUPPE Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna Overture
RUDOLF SIECZYNSKI Vienna, City of My Dreams with soloist Judith Rough
FRANZ LEHAR Vilia from The Merry Widow
JOHANN STRAUSS II Voices of Spring
Composition competition:
WINNER Maria Dunn – Viaggio
SECOND Wanda Kower – Polandia
MOZART Concerto for Flute and Harp with soloists Zoe Andrews and Verna Lee
JOHANN STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus Overture
MOZART Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia with soloist Judith Rough
JOHANN STRAUSS II Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus
JOHANN STRAUSS II Blue Danube Waltz
JOHANN STRAUSS I Radetzky March

Concert Series 3 – September 2018

The concert opened with Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi. This was followed by Haydn’s Cello Concerto No,1 in C, with local musician, Catherine Barnett, as soloist. Her performance showcased the cello’s lyrical qualities as well as the demanding technical challenges of the work. Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 filled the second half of the program. VIEW PROGRAMME

WAGNER Overture to Rienzi
HAYDN Cello Concerto in C with soloist Catherine Barnett
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op 120
CONDUCTOR Dr Allan Stiles

Concert Series 4 – December 2018

The final concert of the year opened with Grieg’s Norwegian folk-inspired Symphonic Dances. This was followed by Elgar’s Sea Pictures, a moving song cycle of five art songs, performed by contralto, Lotte Latukefu. After interval, she returned to the stage to sing a work by local composer, May Howlett, entitled Beauty. Dancers from Angus and Lucinda’s Academie de Danse were then accompanied by SHSO in a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, which included the famous Waltz, Dance of the Swans and three of the national dances with appropriate costumes. Christmas greetings were extended to our audiences with a symphonic arrangement of Joy to the World, by Australian composer, Colin Brumby. VIEW PROGRAMME

GREIG Symphonic Dances
ELGAR Sea Pictures
MAY HOWLETT Beauty – premiere performance with orchestra
With Soloist Lotte Latukefu
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake Suite with dancers from Angus and Lucinda’s Academie de Danse
COLIN BRUMBY Joy to the World
CONDUCTOR Dr Allan Stiles