27 October 2010

Maestro Imre Palló
Maestro Imre Palló

Having first conquered New York and San Francisco, Maestro Imre Palló will be front and centre for a world premiere performance of a new string sonata in Sydney on Friday night (29 October).

Professor Palló, less than 24 hours after returning from an historic USA concert tour by The Con's Chamber Orchestra, will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in playing Peter Sculthorpe's latest work, the five-movement String Sonata No 5, in the Verbrugghen Hall.

The orchestra will also be performing Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, under the baton of PhD candidate Anthony Clarke.

Another highlight at The Con on Friday night will be the premiere of seven new works by Con student composers as interpreted by Ensemble Offspring, acknowledged as one of Australia's most innovative music groups.

The ensemble, made up of Damien Ricketson (artistic director/composer), Lamorna Nightingale (flutes), Jason Noble (clarinets), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Bree van Reyk (percussion), has featured at the Sydney Festival and recently presented "The Sizzle Sessions" at bowling clubs across Sydney.

They will play the pieces of Mitchell Huckstepp, Daniel Manera, Laura Altman, Helena Czajka, Stephen Rozanc, Natalie Unwalla and Marcus Whale.

Meanwhile, The Chamber Orchestra, made-up of 34 student musicians, has received glowing feedback after its performances in New York (hosted by Juilliard School), San Francisco (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Boulder (College of Music of the University of Colorado).

The Australian Consul-General to America, Mr Phil Scanlan, speaking before the collaborative concert at the Lincoln Center, said: "As an alumnus of Sydney University myself, it's a personal delight to pay tribute to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, which is an Australian example of global excellence."

Mr Scanlan went on to congratulate the Dean and Principal of the Conservatorium, Professor Kim Walker, on securing the services of such a brilliant and celebrated conductor: "I'm sure you're very proud of the way in which the Conservatorium is going, Dean Walker, and what a coup to get Maestro Palló down there on a regular basis!"

The President of Juilliard, Joseph W. Polisi called the joint concert "a colossal success."

Professor Walker said: "I would like to acknowledge, on behalf of the students, a heart-felt debt of gratitude to the far-sighted and generous Con supporters whose bequests have made this tour and others possible.

"I know that George and Margaret Henderson and Valda Stedman, all of whom loved the Con, would have been over the moon to know that their bequests have succeeded in giving our 34 students a life-changing experience."

Concert information:

Contact: Mick Le Moignan

Phone: 02 9351 1385

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