Home' InDaily : March 12th 2010 Contents ANDREW KAY AND DAVID VIGO PRESENT
THE CONCERT OF HOPE TOUR
SATURDAY 1 MAY, 8PM
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1 CONCERT ONLY
March 12 - 18, 2010
The Independent Weekly
POET S CORNER Compiled by John Miles
ADONIS WEN ELDRITCH
N CALIBRE M
EDUCATED LEA RIVALS
ALIMENT ALIBI GUMBO
ERICA ISTLE ENDORSE
IRENIC DIN HAZARDED
S GENESIS D
APERTURE BET BEGINS
Solutions from 12
the way I swelled up
the way primal caveman
surged through my veins
the way I walked about
beating my chest.
Only two weeks
the precise instant
the sudden mid-morning
clench of zygote
the tug and pull on the line
hungry to be born.
David Ad s is an Adelaide lawyer and a long-time
member of Friendly Street Poets. His 2008 collection
of poems Mapping the World was commended for
the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder
Reader unpublished poems to 30 lines can be emailed with
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or posted with an SAE to the Poetry Editor, Independent
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The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
(ASO) is earning a reputation for
bringing us the most respected
classical music stars from around the
globe. Richard Tognetti is no exception.
The length and diversity of his
biography is intimidating. It includes
everything from working with Neil
Finn to making soundtracks for surf
movies. And in his spare time, he is
the artistic director of the Australian
Chamber Orchestra (ACO).
One thing Tognetti doesn t often
do is conduct, but when he lands in
Adelaide to open the ASO s master
series on March 26, he will be waving
"It s horses for courses," he says.
"Sometimes even in the ACO, where
I don t usually conduct, I have to take
on the role because of the complexity
of the piece or because there s too
many instruments on stage."
Tognetti will lead the ASO in a
rendition of Antonin Dvor k s Eighth
Symphony, but while here will also
turn his hand to his true love -- playing
He will perform Beethoven s epic
"It s like an actor doing King Lear
or Macbeth," he says. "Everyone
knows about Beethoven. Everything
he did was a radical reappraisal of the
purpose of music and the way music
It is this unique view of what most
people call "classical" music which
pushes Tognetti toward so many
He believes classical music is
misunderstood and says people don t
recognise the scope for innovation
within the genre.
"People are so under-exposed to
music that when they think of classi-
cal they tend to think of Andre Rieu,
which is a bit of a nightmare.
"I think there are a lot of so-called
rock, pop and indie musicians writing
works which are based in the classical
For Tognetti, the classical music
genre is more about taking the lessons
of centuries of music and using them
to inform the works played now.
"We re able to access 300 years of
music, so everything we do has that
historical perspective," he says.
When he plays with the ASO, expect
Dvorak and Beethoven as you ve never
heard them before.
Richard Tognetti plays with the ASO
on March 26 and 27 at the Festival
Violinist Richard Tognetti will conduct
and play with the Adelaide Symphony
Classic music to our ears
The days of the old "stuffy-style
orchestra" playing purely classical
music are long gone, Adelaide
Symphony Orchestra (ASO) chief
executive Rainer Jozeps says.
From the heavenly sounds of
concertmaster violinist Natsuko
Yoshimoto and the classical
brilliance of Richard Tognetti, to a
celebration of the best of Scottish
music, a tribute to jazz genius Louis
Armstrong and an array of classics
from London's West End Broadway
and The Beatles, the 2010 series
promises to be one of the orches-
tra's most diverse.
This year's programs -- the
Master, Showcase and Community
Series -- cater for classical and
popular music tastes.
"We're doing things very differ-
ently this year," Mr Jozeps says.
"All the great cartoons we know
and love -- Bugs Bunny, Coyote and
Road Runner -- will be playing on a
huge screen in the Festival Theatre,
for a family-oriented concert in May,
with a full symphony orchestra and
all its great classical components.
"When you hear the opening
music played by the full symphony
orchestra, it's just hysterical."
Stars of the ABC's The Cook and
the Chef, Maggie Beer and Simon
Bryant, will also add something
different to this year's line-up, bring-
ing their sumptuous cuisine to the
symphony for an intriguing culinary
musical event. The celebrity duo will
cook live on-stage at the Festival
Theatre in August, accompanied by
the orchestra, in an extravaganza
that reflects different styles of
"Food and classical music is an
amazing coming together of the
sensory pleasures," Mr Jozeps
"If Simon Bryant had his way, he'd
have brash or heavy metal music
playing," he joked.
The orchestra will perform a
special "green" concert at Adelaide
Town Hall in November as part of its
Community Series, in an effort to
raise awareness about the topical
issue of climate change.
It put the call out to some of
Australia's best-known composers
for a new piece of music that would
use the environment as a point of
reflection and inspiration, Mr Jozeps
says. The River Murray was the
inspiration for a composition to be
performed by Natsuko Yoshimoto.
"The River Murray still has many,
many points of beauty to reflect
upon, but there is also great concern
for its health," Mr Jozeps says.
"We thought, what a wonderful
possibility to contemplate its beauty
but also reflect on the important
concerns for its health. It will not
only reach out to concert-goers but
From The Beatles to Bugs Bunny ...
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