Society News: July 2012


Dear members,
I have been involved with this Society for 25 years, and am proud to see how far it has come in providing a vibrant hot spot for musicians and their appreciative audiences. Melbourne musicians are enthusiastically applying to play for our members, and the standard of performance is very high.
The AGM is a just over a month away, and I am concerned that there has been little interest shown in the election of a new Committee. So far, we have had only one member enquire about the position of Treasurer. It is up to the members to decide the fate of the Society, and not leave it up to a few committed members to take the full responsibility. The nomination forms will be sent out shortly, so, if you think you can help, please consider stepping-up to keep the Society running.

Sarah Cuming

Thank you to all those members who have paid their membership fees. If you have paid you will received a receipt or it will be enclosed with this newsletter.
All members who are still to pay, it would be appreciated if you could do this at our concert on 5 August.
In keeping with the assurance given at the last Annual General Meeting, the current fees will apply until 1 January 2014 or later.

2012 Lyrebird Commission

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57
Cassomenos: String Quartet No. 1 (World Premiere)

Stefan Cassomenos, the composer of the Society’s 2012 Lyrebird Commission began playing the piano when he was four and composing at seven. He has since added conducting to his list of musical talents.
Stefan gives regular recitals and concerto performances throughout Australia and he has recently returned from competing at the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition.
Members may remember some of Stefan’s earlier compositions that he and others have performed for the Society; these include his Tableau No. 1 and Tableau No. 12 for piano trio.
According to the New World Encyclopaedia, since Joseph Haydn’s day, the string quartet has been prestigious and considered a true test of the classical composer’s art. This may be partly because the palette of sound is more restricted than with orchestral music. These four equal instruments demonstrated the importance of operating as a team with each member having an equal part in developing the thematic material. The string quartet became a fashionable aspect of eighteenth-century European society as wealthy patrons used the quartet as fashionable entertainment in their homes.”

The Curro Quartet of Sarah & Monica Curro (violins), Dan Curro (viola) and Chris Cartlidge (cello) will premiere the Cassomenos String Quartet No. 1. The Curro Quartet has tried on a number of occasions to change their name to allow for the fact that there are only ever three Curro’s. It seems that festival and concert organisers have invariably conspired against this happening as they end up being introduced as the Curro Quartet.


Josephine Vains & Molly Kadarauch

Our September concert features music for cello performed by two of Melbourne’s leading cellists.

Josephine Vains, since winning first prize in the inaugural Australian Chamber Music Competition, has established herself as a sought-after chamber music partner, and cellist. Her formative studies centred on solo/chamber music with Tilmann Wick (Hannover Musikhochschule), Hatto Beyerle (ECMA/Alban Berg Quartet) and Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet). She is a member of the Firebird Trio.

Molly Kadarauch, originally from California, studied extensively overseas in Boston and Berlin at leading institutions before moving to Australia to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra, where she worked for many years. Now based in Melbourne, she has secured her reputation here as a gifted and versatile cellist and is a member of the Sutherland Trio.

Barriere: Sonata X per due Violoncelli
Gliere: 5 Duos for 2 Violoncelli
Telemann: Canonic Sonata No.5
Gabrielli: Canon
Boccherini: Sonata in C major for 2 Violoncelli
Saint-Saens: The Swan

Members are encouraged to remain after the concert and participate in the Annual General Meeting.

A number of changes to the Society’s Constitution are being proposed at this year’s AGM. The Committee is very keen that members consider these changes before the AGM – and to discuss with members of the Committee any issues you may have regarding the proposed changes. The key changes are outlined below.
Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status
Currently no individual or philanthropic organisation can claim a tax deduction for any donation they make to the Society. This discourages potential donors and in the main makes us ineligible to apply for much needed funds from philanthropic organisations. The main advantages of having DGR status are:
 the ability to provide a tax deductible receipt for donations of $2 or more
 an improved fundraising capability.

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) recommends organisations review and update their purpose regularly. The DGR application also suggests updating this section of our constitution.
Defining Membership Types and Rights
Currently the Society has several types of membership but the constitution is silent as to what types exist and the rights attached to each.  It is proposed that there be two classes of members:
(1) INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP – all members of one of the following sub-groups in this class are required to pay an annual fee and have the right to one vote at meetings unless otherwise stated:
 Ordinary member (annual fee)
 Life member (one-off life membership fee)
 Family member (annual family fee and includes two adults living at the same address and any dependent children under 18 years of age, with the two adults have the same voting rights as an individual member but only one newsletter).
 Concessional member (annual concession fee and has all the rights of individual members provided that they show documentary proof of pension, health care or student status).
(2) HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP – is awarded to a member who has rendered outstanding and meritorious service in furthering any or all of the objects of the Society and has all the rights of an individual member

The Committee is considering some amendment to how the concerts are presented in 2013, and invites members to complete the enclosed questionnaire and return it to the Secretary at the next concert.
Here are some of the possibilities that have been in discussed by the Committee:
 later concert start time for mid-winter concerts
 no interval and shortening the concerts (70-75 mins) with refreshments after the concert
 reducing the NO. of concerts (currently 10) to fund better and more expensive performers
 more concerts with “early career performers”
 curate the concerts to have more/less voice, more/less solo instrumental recitals etc.
 feedback on the location, facilities and acoustic at Wyselaskie hall (venue is booked for 2013)