Society News: March 2012

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter for 2012.
Your hard-working committee has had a bit of a break, and is now back in the meeting room planning concerts for 2013! We are also having discussions as to how we might better serve our members needs. To this end, there will be some discussion papers coming your way about matters to do with the Society’s rules, and proposed amendments, which will need to be voted on at the next AGM in September. We will be asking you to fill out a survey about different cost saving/revenue raising options, so we can engage the best artists available. Please help us by letting us know what you think.
Your committee has compiled an excellent programme for the 2012 concert series. All this year’s artists are prominent Melbourne musicians, wanting to share their love of chamber music with us. I hope you will all join me in welcoming the Kalimna Duo to perform their first ever LMS recital.
As part of our collaborative marketing activities, we have included the program for the 2012 Brunswick Beethoven Festival. I’m sure you’ll recognise the names of many of the artists. Look out for our next newsletter in April.

Sarah Cuming


4 MARCH
Kalimna Duo
Karen Schofield, flute & Alannah Guthrie-Jones harp
Gareth Farr: Taheke
Ástor Piazzolla: Tango
Colin Brumby: Exotic Dances J
ean-Michel Damase: Sonata for Flute and Harp No. 1
Jacques Ibert: Entr’acte for flute and harp (from “Le médecin de son honneur”
Handrik Andreissen: Intermezzo

Kalimna”, the Aboriginal term for beautiful, consists of flautist Karen Schofield and harpist Alannah Guthrie-Jones.
The duo first performed together at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and continued their acclaimed partnership whilst studying at the Victorian College of the Arts. After taking a break to focus on solo interests, the duo has reformed and is an exciting addition to the Australian chamber music scene.
Both members of Kalimna Duo are highly regarded soloists and winners of numerous awards in their own right. Karen currently holds the Associate Principal Flute chair with Orchestra Victoria while Alannah is Guest Principal Harp with many of Australia’s top orchestras.
Past performances of the duo include the 2010 Summer Peninsula Music Festival, broadcasts on ABC FM and 3MBS FM, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with various Orchestras, and as guest soloists in the Young Musicians Delegation to China.

NOTES ON COMPOSERS/WORKS
Taheke is the Maori word for ‘waterfall’. The composer, Gareth Farr writes: ‘The three movements of this work each represent a different New Zealand waterfall. The first is the Huka Falls near Taupo. The placid Waikato River is gradually channelled into an increasingly narrow chute, finally erupting into a waterfall of unbelievable power and fury; then, as quickly as it has built up, the water subsides back into a calmly flowing river.
‘In contrast to the famed reputation of the Huka Falls, the waterfall of the second movement is known only to my family, on our land in the Marlborough Sounds. It is utterly secluded in the bush, only accessible on foot through thick undergrowth. The waterfall is cool, dark and mysterious.
‘The finale represents the sprightly elegance and grandeur of the Whangarei Falls in Northland, a beautiful cascade of sparkling rivulets.’ (http://www.promethean-editions.com)

Ástor Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer and bandoneón (concertina style instrument often used in tango orchestras) player. He transformed the conventional tango by incorporating elements of jazz and classical music. Histoire du Tango was originally transcribed for flute and guitar and tells the history of the tango in four pieces set at thirty-year intervals.

Colin Brumby was born in Melbourne in 1933. He undertook a Bachelor of Music Course at the Conservatorium of Music where his interest in composition began. He has studied and taught both in Australia and internationally (Spain, UK and Italy) while developing his compositional style. By the early 70’s he had become disenchanted with the atonal style of music and returned to composing in the tonal style. At the time, Brumby was reported as saying: ‘I became convinced that the atonal style of composition attempted to elevate gibberish to an art-form, and that I wanted no further part in it.’ His decision to change may well be the reason that his many works are popular and are frequently performed and broadcast. The Exotic Dances are also known as four Exotic Pieces for flute and harp. (http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au)

Jean-Michel Damase, a French pianist, conductor and composer was born in 1928 in Bordeaux. He began composing at the age of 9 and by 19 had won a coveted Prix de Rome for his cantata Et la belle se reveille. In his program notes for piano music by Damase, Christopher Morley wrote, “What remains as one of the minor mysteries of the last half-century of musical history is the fact that, for all the immediate attractiveness of his compositional voice, the work of Jean-Michel Damase has remained such a well-kept secret.” (http://chezdamase.tripod.com/) The Sonata for Flute and Harp written in 1964 consists of four movements.

Jacques Ibert wrote incidental music for a French production of Pedro Calderón’s El médico de su honra in 1935. The entr’acte (music between two acts or sections of a performance) is for flute or violin and guitar or harp. Patsy Morita describes it as opening with a ‘breathless, whirling dance inspired by flamenco guitar music’. (www.allmusic.com/work/entracte-for-flute-or-violin-harpor-guitar-from-le-mdecin-de-son-honneur-c11007).

Hendrik Franciscus Andriessen was a Dutch composer and organist (1892-1981). Among Andriessen’s works are numerous sacred pieces including chorales and meditations, symphonies, an organ concerto and several variations on works by other composers. In 1949 he wrote what has been described as a ‘remarkable’ Ricercare for orchestra to honor the 200th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s death. (http://www.classicalarchives.com)

1 APRIL
Miwako Abe –Violin
Elizabeth Anderson-Harpsichord

“Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin and Harpsichord”
1. Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
2. Suite for Solo Violin
3. Partita for Harpsichord

Miwako Abe, her distinguished career began when she started playing the violin at the age of five. After her study at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo she became a prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London before completing her studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Miwako has given numerous performances as soloist and in chamber music ensembles.
Elizabeth Anderson makes a return after performing last year with cellist Jamie Hey at the Society’s 90th anniversary celebration concert at the Melbourne Town Hall.
In 2010 Miwako and Elizabeth began working together on the six Bach Sonatas for violin and harpsichord.

BRUNSWICK 2012 BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL

7.30pm Thursday, 2 February
Anthony Halliday (piano)

7.30pm Friday, 3 February
Dan Curro (cello) & Anna Carson (piano)

7.30pm Saturday, 4 February
Josephine Vains (cello)

8.00pm Sunday, 5 February
Massimo Scatolin (guitar) & Roberto Fabbriciani (flute)

7.30pm Thursday, 9 February
Monica & Sarah Curro (violins), Dan Curro (cello) & Paul Grabowsky (piano)

7.30pm Friday, 10 February
Peter Tregear (baritone) & Anthony Halliday (piano)

7.30pm Saturday, 11 February
Stefan Cassomenos (piano)

7.30pm Sunday, 12 February
Edwina Kayser (violin), Danny Neumann (viola), Sarah Cuming (cello), Kate Stockwin (clarinet) & Larissa Cox (piano)

Tickets at the door $25 & $15 concession
Thank you to 3MBS who continues to record and broadcast many of our concerts.