2015-04 Happy Birthday

Strathfield Symphony’s final performance for the year is one that features a little Pomp and Planets, celebrating 120 years of the BBC proms.

To quote Shakespeare, the evening will begin with a little ‘pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war’ through Elgar’s military marches, followed by Britten’s Young Person’s guide to the Orchestra. The evening will end with Holst’s most well known work, The Planets, leading audiences to discover influences of the planets on one’s psyche.

2015-02 Season 2 – Rebels with a Cause

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Sun, 21st Jun 2015

Our second concert for this year starts with farce: the overture to Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (the Bat) is a brilliant favourite with audiences everywhere.

Weber’s Clarinet Concertino is a lovely example of Weber’s virtuosic but soulful clarinet writing and will be performed by our own Gigie Tam.

Darker in mood than the eighth and ninth, Dvorák’s seventh symphony i


s full of drama and Dvorák’s wonderful melodies, and the favourite of many Dvorák lovers. Dvorák found his inspiration in the unification of the Czech people.

We welcome David Gao as guest conductor for the first part of the concert. Our Music Director Sadaharu Muramatsu will conduct the Dvorák.

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Shirrley Mahableshwarwalla

Shirrley“Then in 1975 Shirrley Mahableshwarwalla became secretary, a lady recently from India, who was very intrigued with the orchestra when she arrived. She remained the secretary until 1997, an extraordinary period of devotion to a task, often very time consuming, that has merited our life long thanks.”
So wrote Geoff Widmer in “A Thirty Year History”, the story of the Orchestra from 1969 to 1999.

Of course, as those who have seen her resplendent in her sari at our concerts since 1997 can attest, Shirrley is still very much with us, and this year celebrates 40 years as a non playing volunteer with the Orchestra. A record that surely will never be broken.

From Secretary to Assistant Secretary, Committee Member and Committee Minder, Providore, Front of House, Council Liaison, Post Box Clearer, Keeper of Keys and Knowledge and Chief Carer for Waifs and Strays, Shirrley has been all things to this Orchestra and has kept us very much on our toes. Every new Committee Member has to undergo a rigorous spelling test – to get Shirrley’s name right.

Shirrley’s indomitable spirit has survived moving to the South Coast, some ill health in 2012 and very sadly, the death of her husband Behram last year. Although any one of these would stop most of us, Shirrley’s commitment remains strong and unwavering.
On 1st April 2015 Shirrley is having a significant birthday. Of course we can’t say which one. And as she still goes to the gym every week, she’s likely to have very many more.

So on this occasion we’d like to pay tribute to someone who has spent half her life serving this Orchestra and this Community.
Shirrley, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and THANK YOU from all of us.

– Bruce Lane

2015-01 Season 1 – Seascapes & Pictures

Seascapes and Pictures

Saturday night – Tickets available at the door (cash only)
Sunday – Limited tickets available at the door

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Sunday 22nd March 2015 at 2.30pm (free for Seniors, bookings essential)

Strathfield Symphony’s premiere concert for 2015 celebrates the power of music to evoke images with two of the greatest symphonic programme works ever written. Featuring Debussy’s La Mer and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition audiences are invited to be carried away by the sound-pictures of these two great composers.

Debussy completed La Mer (The Sea), while staying on the channel coast. The musical “sketches” that make up the movements of the work include From Dawn to Midday on the Sea, Play of the Waves and Dialogue Between Wind and Waves. The great pianist, Sviatoslav Richter, underlines their impressionistic force, calling the music “..a miracle of natural reproduction; no, even more than that, sheer magic!”

Mussorgsky’s fantasy tour of the works of a favorite artist, his friend Viktor Hartmann, written in memoriam, promenades through a gallery, pausing to reflect on ten of Hartmann’s works. Based variously on paintings and sketches, 6 of the works that inspired the music have survived. These include a Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in their Shells, based on a design for theatre costumes, Catacombs, based on a sketch of a visit to the Paris Catacombs and The Great Gate of Kiev, based on a design for a city gate. Mussorgsky’s music has made Hartmann’s ideas, sketches and designs concrete, bringing them to life in a way Hartmann could never have aspired to on his own.

Following an acclaimed 2014 Season featuring Mahler’s Song of the Earth and a theatrical arrangement of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Strathfield Symphony invites audiences to join us on a very special musical journey for 2015 featuring Dvorak’s Symphony No.7, Sibelius’ Symphony No.5, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and a Double Bass concerto from a very special soloist.

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