Upcoming Concerts

Sunday 15 September 2019, 2:30 pm

Contemporary to Classical

A new commission by the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra by well-known local composer David Keeffe opens this concert. Mozart wrote his last four violin concertos in the same year when he was 19. His sparkling final violin concerto features some vaguely oriental rhythms (actually Hungarian!) in the last movement that gave it its nickname. Brahms’ brooding 4th symphony provides a stark contrast, with its sense of yearning for something unattainable.

Soloist:  Harry Ward, Violin

Harry  has always been extremely passionate about music, the violin in particular.  He is excited to be studying in Melbourne with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Since the age of ten Harry has performed as a soloist, concert master and chamber musician; with performances throughout Australia, America, Mexico, Singapore, China and Europe. He has worked and performed with prestigious artists and orchestras in China between 2009-11 and in Switzerland in 2014.  In early 2014, Harry moved to Vienna to study with Boris Kuschnir.  He then moved to the U.S.  Spending  time in New York City where he performed at Carnegie Hall. He then went on to take part in the Rome Chamber Music Festival where he performed with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

In early 2019 Harry attended the Aspen Music Festival  on full scholarship where he was invited to perform with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of their conducting academy program working closely with  the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as an Emerging Artist with the Collective Orchestra where he toured with the Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto throughout NSW, SA and Vic.

Harry has been fortunate to win many prestigious awards and prizes, including the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition and as a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards and the ANAM Chamber Music Competition.  Most importantly the competitions have afforded Harry some great opportunities to get to know other musicians who have become lifelong friends and mentors.  Harry also performs with other musicians outside of the classical realm and believes these experiences have nourished his playing in all genres.

Harry performs on a beautiful 1780 Pietro Antonio Landolfi violin on loan from anonymous but very generous benefactor/s.

Keeffe Overture St Kilda    (MaSO commissioned work)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A KV 219 Turkish
Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E min. Op. 98

George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar, 84-90 Kalinda Rd, Ringwood

Adult $25, Concession $20, (plus $1 booking fee); Children under 16 free

By phone: 1300 115 117 (9 to 5 M-F)

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Concert duration: approx. 120 mins including interval

Sunday 24 November 2019, 2:30 pm

Piano Fireworks

After the sun rises with Carl Nielsen’s evocative Helios overture, talented young pianist Meng Xia will dazzle us with Liszt’s second piano concerto. Full of drama and alternately wistful and exciting, this will be followed by Litolff’s famous Scherzo, a favourite of virtuoso pianists and audiences alike. The concert concludes with Dvořák’s bucolic and tuneful 8th symphony.

Soloist:  Meng Xia, Piano

Meng began playing the piano at the age of six and currently studies at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School with maestro Glenn Riddle.  Meng enjoys playing chamber music with his peers at VCASS and singing in the choir.  He has also won numerous awards including the Ann and Chris Krans Music Award, the Margaret Green Scholarship at ‘Eisteddfod by the Bay’ as well as the Reg and Lil Lewis Romantic Era Award.

Meng has been gaining experience by performing and in competitions. He most recently competed overseas in Kuala Lumpur. Meng intends to continue his music studies at university and aspires to become a concert pianist.

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Nielsen Helios Overture Op. 17
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
Litolff Scherzo for piano and orchestra from Concerto Symphonique No. 4 Op. 102
Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G  Op. 88

George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar, 84-90 Kalinda Rd, Ringwood

Adult $25, Concession $20, (plus $1 booking fee); Children under 16 free

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