ANU Orchestra "could give other orchestras a run for their money"

ANU Orchestra. Image by Peter Hislop
Friday 21 October 2022

From 7pm on Thursday 20 October, the ANU Orchestra presented their Concerto Gala to full house in Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music. Conducted by Max McBride, student and alumnus soloists Milan Kolundzija (clarinet), James Monro (cello), Brad Tham (violin), Emma Claire (flute), and ANU Orchestra manager Zoë Loxley Slump (oboe) performed works by Carl Maria von Weber, Dmitri Shostakovich, Max Bruch, Carl Reinecke and Eugene Goossens respectively, and the orchestra began the second half with “Der Beherrscher der Geister” Op.27 by Weber.

Christine Roach, whose generous donation facilitated the concert, and Renée Goossens, daughter of the composer of the final concerto, were both in attendance. Reflecting on the concert, reviewer Rob Kennedy wrote: "With the large audience, the word has got around about the quality of the ANU Orchestra. The music teachers at the ANU deserve long and loud applause for their efforts at getting their students to this level of quality." Read his full Canberra CityNews article here.

The evening included a buzzing post-concert reception featuring the Tiny Jazz Collective. The Tiny Jazz Collective (TJC) is a modern jazz quartet featuring Canberra’s finest musicians Liv Uebergang on guitar, Mereki Leten on saxophone, Michael Larsen-Collins on bass and Daniel Simmons on drums. All these performers are also ANU School of Music students! The TJC combines the diverse musical backgrounds of all members, with over a decade of combined gigging experience, having played at local venues such as Hippo Co, Gang Gang Cafe, Molly’s bar and the Greens at Kambri. While a relatively new group, the TJC come together as a quartet to bring to you some of their favourite repertoire and originals.

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