Our “Great Classics: Carter & Wagner” Review in ASO eNotes

February 17, 2016 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Classical Music, LIFE, MUSIC, Opera | 0 Comments |

It takes something special to get folks in Adelaide to stand

In their latest electronic newspaper, our friends at the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra linked to our review of a recent function held by our friends the Richard Wagner Society of SA and a concert under the auspices of the ASO’s new Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter. Scroll down!

Coming up at the ASO


ASO Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter launches our 2016 Master Series with three of the most exciting beginnings in classical music: Strauss’s Don JuanRavel’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Strauss’s Don Juan

From the grand opening with all the drama of a Hollywood soundtrack, you’ll be instantly transported to a Spanish garden on a hot summer’s night. The intense horns, exciting strings and the deeply felt love scene launched by the oboe are highlights – building to a thrilling, blazing crescendo.

Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G

Deeply infused with jazz influences from 1920s Paris and the United States, this concerto opens with a whip-crack then hustles towards the pivotal slow movement, and ends with a glittery and light-hearted finale. The brilliant contrasts of this astonishing music are lyrical and captivating.

Beethoven’s Symphony No 5

The first four notes are perhaps the most famous music motif ever written. The unrelenting forward motion is heightened with the addition of trombones, piccolo and contrabassoon. Beethoven did not hold back in this symphony, and it’s still as vital as ever, more than 200 years on.

Joining Carter and the ASO on stage for our Iconic Beethoven concert is celebrated Croatian pianist and composer Dejan Lazić (pictured above) who brings all his versatility to the kaleidoscopic moods of Ravel’s Piano Concerto.

Iconic Beethoven
Adelaide Town Hall
Friday 18 March, 8pm
Saturday 19 March, 6.30pm

Carter’s season opening concert “outstanding”

The first concert in our Great Classics 2016 series, Carter & Wagner has been hailed as “beautiful”, “outstanding”, “fantastic” and “incredible”.

Nicholas Carter stepped on to the Festival Theatre stage for the first time as the ASO’s Principal Conductor on Saturday evening. American Michelle DeYoung (mezzo soprano), NZ Simon O’Neill (tenor), Australian Shane Lowrencev (bass), and Canadian violinist James Ehnes joined Carter and the full Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on stage – and wowed the audience of over 1,300 with Beethoven’s glorious Violin Concerto and Act 1 of Wagner’s Die Walküre.

Our next concert in our 2016 Great Classics series is Tchaikovsky 6.

Great Classics 2: Tchaikovsky 6
Festival Theatre
Saturday 4 June, 7.30pm

New orchestra works at Adelaide Festival:
classical meets abstract sound-art

In 2016, acclaimed conductor and curator Ilan Volkov returns with a spectacular new Tectonics Adelaide program. The first night, Volkov, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, showcases new orchestral works with a stunning array of collaborators.

Adelaide Town Hall
Friday 4 March, 6pm

Art Talk #1
Nicholas Carter

Hear new ASO Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter talk about the Relevance of Orchestras in the 21st Century in a new partnership with UniSA’s Hawke Centre.

FREE. Registrations essential.

Art Talk #1
Hawke Building,
Uni SA City West Campus, North Tce
Tuesday 22 March, 6pm

Peregrine ASO Subscriber Competition Winner announced

Congratulations Mr Robert Lawton!

By purchasing a subscription to the ASO’s 2016 season, Mr Lawton has won a luxury travel experience – Peregrine Independent Journey – valued at $8,000, thanks to our friends at Peregrine Travel Centre Adelaide.

Thanks for your support and we’ll see you at a concert soon!

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Special offer: State Opera SA
The Magic Flute

State Opera SA are offering ASO members exclusive $30* tickets (usually $80) to see The Magic Flute on Monday 22 February at the Freemasons Great Hall. Tickets are strictly limited.

Book at FringeTix 1300 621 255 using the code word ‘ OPERA’

*Fees apply

Adelaide Festival Centre

The impending major redevelopment of the Adelaide Festival Centre and Plaza is good news for our audiences, clients, artists and supporters.

Visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website for more info about the redevelopment and road closures in the Riverbank precinct.

Photo credits: Dejan Lazić by Susie Knoll; Nicholas Carter by Alice Healy; Carter & Wagner by Shane Reid, travel images from Peregrine Travel Adelaide website; State Opera SA’s Queen of the Night by Lightly Salted Photography


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