Previous Concerts – 2012

‘The Emperor’

Saturday March 31st

Venue: Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, Performing Arts Centre, Ivanhoe
Guest Artist – Amir Farid | Piano


Symphonic Dance No 1


Piano Concerto No 5 ‘Emperor’


Symphony No 8

Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dance No. 1 is a work that is fully representative of the composer’s late style with its curious, shifting harmonies. The work has almost Prokofiev-like grotesquerie and focuses on individual instrumental tone colours throughout.

The ‘Emperor’ Concerto is Beethoven’s most innovative, and for the most part, heroic work. The ‘Emperor’ combines a flamboyant gesture for soloist and orchestra together, seemingly at once declamatory and improvisatory.

The great Czech composer, Dvořák is a product of the Romantic musical tradition, but represents its later flowering towards a proud nationalism. This trend, exemplified compellingly in this symphony, draws its inspiration more from the Bohemian folk music of the time into a complex and expressively nuanced symphonic language

‘On the Waterfront’

Saturday June 30th & Sunday July 1st

Venue: Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, Performing Arts Centre, Ivanhoe
Guest Artist – Tristram Williams | Trumpet


Symphony No 41 ‘Jupiter’


Trumpet Concerto


Rhapsody in Blue for Trumpet and Orchestra


On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite

Mozart’s final symphony is a grand construction of epic proportions. From its heroic opening, pensive and liquid middle movements to the legendary ‘fugue’ of the finale, the Symphony is a magical display of compositional genius that transports the listener with an astounding display of driving power, mellow relaxation and a profusion of enchanting melodies.

Haydn’s ever popular Trumpet Concerto and Dokshizer’s arrangement of Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ will astonish you with the virtuosic talent and skill of our soloist, Tristram Williams.

Despite its title, the Symphonic Suite from ‘On the Waterfront’ is a beautifully integrated single movement work with a score that seethes with dramatic tension.

‘Heroes and the Wild Wild West’

Saturday Sept. 15th & Sunday Sept. 16th

Venue: Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, Performing Arts Centre, Ivanhoe
Guest Artist – The Ashton Smith Singers


The Big Country


The Magnificent Seven


Oklahoma! Overture


Hymn to the Fallen from ‘Saving Private Ryan’


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring




Star Wars: Suite for Orchestra

Saddle up your horse, pull on your boots, clip that light-sabre to your belt and squeeze into your superhero suit…… tonight you will be transported into the world of the silver screen from the film scores of yesteryear to some of the highest grossing movies of all time. Generation after generation have sat spellbound at the movies, lapping up the escapism, the exploits and adventure of these legendary characters and stories.

The Ashton Smith Singers join ‘force’ with the Heidelberg Symphony, performing highlights from ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan’ and the ‘Duel of Fates from Star Wars’.

‘Germanic Masters’

Saturday Dec. 8th

Venue: Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, Performing Arts Centre, Ivanhoe
Guest Artist – Natsuko Yoshimoto | Violin


Tragic Overture


Violin Concerto in E Minor


Symphony No 6 ‘Pastorale’

Brahms chose the title ‘Tragic’ to emphasize the turbulent, tormented character of this piece, in essence a free-standing symphonic movement. Despite its name, the Tragic Overture does not follow any specific dramatic program. Brahms was not very interested in musical storytelling and was more concerned with conveying and eliciting emotional impressions.

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto forms an important part of the violin repertoire and is one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos of all time.

Nature was an important source of inspiration for Beethoven. It is unsurprising that he chose to express his feelings of the natural world symphonically; of which the Pastorale Symphony is a festival of enchantment from beginning to end.