Society News: April 2014

What a start to the year!

As most of you know, this year’s concert season started with a sensational concert from Stephen McIntyre with Wyselaskie Auditorium full to bursting point. May’s concert promises to be just as popular with Wilma and Friends presenting a concert featuring ‘The Magic of Flute and Harp’ with Australia’s foremost harpist, Marshall McGuire. If you have a friend who might be interested in joining the Society please bring them along. Guest entry is only $10. Alternatively they can join the Society this month and enjoy two free concerts, as their subscription will not be due for renewal until July 2015.

Lyrebird Commission

Our June concert is equally exciting and sees the return of the Lyrebird Commission after an absence of a year. The Society has a grand tradition of supporting new music and for 30 years has commissioned a new work for performance at one of our annual concerts. Last year’s commission went to Richard Grantham whose work is entitled ‘The Lyrebird in my Piano’. The concert will feature the exciting new trio PLEXUS with Stefan Cassomenos.

Concert Commencement

The Society tries to start concerts promptly at 2pm on Sunday. If you arrive late for a concert  please be aware that you may not get into the concert immediately. Further for security reasons, you may find that the front door is locked. Standard practice, in collaboration with the artists, is to determine a suitable break point when late arrivals can enter the auditorium. This is usually within 10 minutes of concert start. If you are much later than that you will probably miss all the concert as there is no intermission.

April 2014

May 4 Concert The Magic of Flute & Harp

Marshall McGuire (harp)

Amanda Hollins (flute)

Wilma Smith (violin)

Christopher Moore (viola) Molly Kadarauch (cello)

Ibert: Deux Interludes (1946) flute, violin, harp

Ravel: Sonatine en Trio (1903-5) arr.C.Salzedo for flute, viola, harp

Mozart: Flute Quartet in D major K.285 flute, violin, viola, cello

Tournier: Suite for Flute, String Trio and Harp Op.34

Acclaimed for his musicality, precision and engaging stage presence, harpist Marshall McGuire is as equally at home with new commissions from composers around the world as he is with exploring 17th century music with his group Ludovico’s Band. He has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works for harp and has performed at a wide range of venues and festivals. As an artistic director, he has led The Seymour Group and Ludovico’s Band and curated festival programs for the Sydney Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and three AYO National Music Camps. Marshall also passionately supports the work of young musicians and is invited to present masterclasses at colleges around the world including the Guildhall School of Music.

Amanda Hollins (flute) was born in Auckland, New Zealand. After studying at Auckland University, Amanda was awarded a NZ Arts Council scholarship for three years of training at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, studying with Trevor Wye and Pat Morris. Returning to NZ for two years she was Principal Flute with the Auckland Philharmonia before leaving for further study at the Banff School of Fine Arts with acclaimed Canadian flautist Robert Aitken. From 1984-90 Amanda lived in the UK working extensively with groups including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony and London Mozart Players as well as being actively involved in chamber music. After moving to Sydney in 1991 Amanda worked as Guest Principal Flute with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony. Since 1998 she has been Associate Principal Flute with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Wilma Smith (violin) has been the Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand ,Wilma studied in Boston at the New England Conservatory with Dorothy DeLay and Louis Krasner before becoming First Violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music and prizes at the Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. Wilma often played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was Concertmaster of the Harvard Chamber Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society. She also performed with period instrument groups Banchetto Musicale and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Invited to form the New Zealand String Quartet, Wilma was first violinist for five years before her appointment as Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and now the MSO. She enjoys performing chamber music whenever possible, and her latest venture as a member of the Hopkins Quartet takes her back to her string quartet roots.

Christopher Moore (viola) completed his Bachelor of Music in Newcastle with violinist and pedagogue Elizabeth Holowell after studying with prominent Sydney Suzuki teachers, Marjorie Hystek and the late Harold Brissendon. After working with Adelaide and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras as a violinist, Chris decided to take up a less highly strung string instrument and moved his musical focus and energy to the viola. He accepted a position as violist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra before successfully auditioning for the position of Associate Principal Viola. During his association with MSO, Chris performed regularly as a chamber musician with other colleagues from the MSO and counts among his many highlights sharing the stage with KISS.

Originally from California, Molly Kadarauch (cello) now calls Melbourne home. From 1996 to 2003 she was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), touring extensively within Australia and overseas. Since then she has continued performing as a soloist, chamber musician and freelancer in Melbourne and beyond, as well as teaching cello performance and chamber music at ANAM, VCAM, and Monash University. As a chamber musician, Molly has performed at the Huntington and Port Fairy festivals with artists including Steven Isserlis, Pieter Wispelway, Richard Tognetti, William Barton and has worked in collaboration with poet/cartoonist/ philosopher Michael Leunig. As a concerto soloist, Molly has appeared with the ACO, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the Freemont-Newark Orchestra.

June 8 (NOT 1st Sunday)

Lyrebird Commission Concert PLEXUS
Philip Arkinstall (clarinet)
Monica Curro (violin)
Stefan Cassomenos (piano)
Grantham: ‘The Lyrebird in my Piano’ for clarinet, violin and piano
Messiaen: Thème et variations for violin and piano
Beethoven: Selected Bagatelles Opus 33
Finzi: Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano
Ives:   Largo for clarinet, violin and piano

Hoag SweetMelancholy(lostyourdolly)SlowDragRag for clarinet, violin and piano Melbourne’s newest chamber ensemble, PLEXUS, brings together the talents of three of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians. PLEXUS was formed in 2013 with the express goal of paying homage to the acclaimed ensemble of the same instrumental combination, the Verdehr Trio, which was founded in 1972 by Walter Verdehr and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and which commissioned numerous important composers of the late 20th century.

PLEXUS now follows in their footsteps, having recently commissioned over twenty composers for their 2014 season. They are featured this year as part of the Metropolis New Music Festival in Melbourne, the Festival of Words and Music at fortyfivedownstairs, and Melbourne Recital Centre’s Spotlight Series. PLEXUS takes its name from a word evoking interweaving networks of entwined elements. The word embodies the ensemble’s devotion to supporting and engaging an ever-growing network of exceptional artists across a variety of disciplines.

This special concert features the world premiere of ‘The Lyrebird in my Piano’ by Richard Grantham, which he has written especially as the award-winner of the 2013 Lyrebird Commission. Presented alongside are works by Messiaen, Beethoven, and Finzi, in which Monica, Philip and Stefan perform in duo and solo. Finally, the trio presents Charles Ives’ Largo, one of the first works ever written for this instrumental combination, followed by one of the most fun and popular pieces commissioned by the Verdehr Trio, Charles Hoag’s SweetMelancholy(lostyourdolly)SlowDragRag, to round off this delightfully diverse program.