Adam Swanson – World Champion Ragtime Pianist

World Champion American pianist Adam Swanson visits Orange for a performance guaranteed to delight fans of historic & traditional music.
We are once again partnering with James Sheahan Catholic High School for this event, the performance will be held in the Performance Arts Centre using their beautiful Steinway Grand Piano.

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Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although he is only twenty-six years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 2007, he appeared alongside the late John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary and has also toured Switzerland. Adam made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with multi-platinum-selling artist Michael Feinstein. Adam has played at the prestigious Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and privately for noted Disney/Hollywood composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, etc.). In 2013, Adam made his first appearance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.

Biondi & Brunialti

Italy’s acclaimed piano duo, Paola Biondi and Deborah Brunialti return to Australia for an intimate performance.

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Paola and Debora transform music into vital energy, their message is to transmit waves of harmony and union.
Overcoming barriers of time and place, they turn to the communicative power of music to promote balance and positivity.
In light of their busy schedule, they are regularly involved with and participate in
humanitarian projects and concerts for charitable organizations.
Spread the emotions of the artistic experience in the world together with the message of
Love – Allegria – Harmony (the three A).

Paola Debora studied under the guidance of Lidia Arcuri at the N. Paganini Conservatory of Genoa. Subsequently, they went on to train with Alfons Kontarsky at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Dario de Rosa and Maureen Jones at Fiesole Music School and Katia Labeque at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. After their debut at the Sydney Conservatory and at the historical Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, they began their career by touring the world and playing for the most important national and international festivals and associations.

Their professional accomplishments include collaborations with various contemporary composers (who have also written works for them) such as Hugues Dufourt, Azio Corghi, Francesco Antonioni and Michele dallOngaro. Involved as well in the jazz music scene, they have performed the music of Stefano Bollani, Uri Caine and Giorgio Gaslini. The groups that they regularly collaborate with are the Naqqara Ensemble and the Mascoulisse Quartet. Paola and Debora love to be involved with the theater. With Bustric (Sergio Bini), they collaborated together on different shows such as Nuvolo e Musica, Varieté degli animali, Il Magico piccolo Principe and Pinocchio. With Guido Barbieri, they created the show Ottanta which debuted in the Gog season 2017/18.

They have also held numerous concerts for Rai (Radio 3 Suite, I concerts at the Quirinale). They recorded for Dynamic Music, compositions of the twentieth century obtaining awards at the most prestigious music magazines, while for Amadeus they recorded the concerto for two pianos and orchestra by F. Poulenc. In 2016, Continuo Records published the CD Between Earth and Heaven with music by Aurelio Canonici and in June 2017, Suonare News (in collaboration with Cidim) released their latest CD with music by Mozart/Grieg, Debussy, Ravel, and Gershwin. This work shares the search for a connection of peace for future civilizations expressed by the Third Paradise of Michelangelo Pistoletto, whose symbol is shown on the cover.

Howling Winds Chambermaids Workshop

As part of our Howling Winds woodwind and brass celebration renowned wind quintet ‘The Chambermaids’ will be presenting a workshop for all interested in wind music and performance.
All members of the public who play a woodwind or brass instrument (or those just interested) are invited to come along and join in an informative and fun afternoon of wind music. Entry is only $5 (ORC students FREE). For more information or to register please contact ORC Admin on 6361 7974 or admin@orangecon.org.au

Howling Winds Featuring the Chambermaids

Our annual celebration of everything woodwind and brass! Featuring ORC students and ensembles presenting an inspiring program of wind repertoire.

This years concert will also feature one of Australia’s premier wind quintets The Chambermaids.

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In late breaking news, the Orange North Rotary Club will be hosting another of their awesome BBQ’s after the concert, helping raise funds for the Guide Dogs Association (and feed hungry musicians).
That’s dinner sorted, make sure to bring your $5!

School Holiday Winter Workshops

This July School Holidays we are once again presenting our Winter Workshop series. This year features loads of really fun workshops for singers and instrumentalists, with a focus on AMEB exam preparation.

For more information or to register for a workshop please contact ORC Admin on 6361 7974 or admin@orangecon.org.au

Monday 9 July

10am – 12pm Glee Club A Touch of Disney
Age 4-7yrs, Learn a Disney classic – Singing and movement, with a performance at the end of the session!

2pm – 4pm Glee Club A Touch of Disney
Age 8-12yrs, Learn a Disney classic – Singing and movement, with a performance at the end of the session!

5pm – 7pm Glee Club A Touch of Disney
Age teenagers and adults, Learn a Disney classic – Singing and movement, with a performance at the end of the session!

Tuesday 10 July

2pm – 4pm Come Sing POP!
Want to be a Pop Diva or Divo? Learn with the ORC’s new contemporary singing teacher Amelia Nell – a song, about the style, pop tricks and mic techniques.

5:30pm – 7:30pm Sing the HallelujahChorus
Have you ever wanted sing more than ‘Hallelujah’ from Handel’s famous Hallelujah chorus? Come and learn this amazing chorus in 4 parts in just 2 hours.

Wednesday 11 July

10am – 12pm Learn your ABC’s List A (Preliminary – Grade 4)
Prepare for your upcoming AMEB exams, accompanist provided, tailored to every instrument and every grade.

10am – 12pm String Improvisation Workshop
Learn how to improvise on your stringed instrument, using jazz, folk and blues patterns to create music and have fun on your instrument. Also recommended for string teachers interested in learning how to teach individuals and ensembles outside of the AMEB and classical syllabus programs.

1pm – 2pm Auxiliary Skills – Aural Skills (Preliminary – Grade 4)
An interactive session to learn and adapt to the challenges of the Auxiliary skills in preparation of your AMEB exam.

2pm – 3pm Auxiliary Skills – Aural Skills (Grade 5 – Certificate of Performance)
An interactive session to learn and adapt to the challenges of the Auxiliary skills in preparation of your AMEB exam.

2pm – 4pm Sing with Confidence
The voice is a strange instrument! It can leave us feeling very vulnerable when asked to perform. Come and join a discussion and learn to identify insecurities and how to manage them. More than just imagining that you are singing to an audience in their underwear. For all ages

3pm – 5pm Learn your ABC’s List A(Grade 5 – Certificate of Performance)
Prepare for your upcoming AMEB exams, accompanist provided, tailored to every instrument and every grade.

Thursday 12 July

10am – 12pm Learn your ABC’s List (Preliminary – Grade 4)
Prepare for your upcoming AMEB exams, accompanist provided, tailored to every instrument and every grade.

1pm – 2pm Auxiliary Skills – General Knowledge Day (Preliminary – Grade 4)
An interactive session to learn and adapt to the challenges of the Auxiliary skills in preparation of your AMEB exam.

2pm – 3pm Auxiliary Skills – General Knowledge Day (Grade 5 – Certificate of Performance)
An interactive session to learn and adapt to the challenges of the Auxiliary skills in preparation of your AMEB exam.

3pm – 5pm Learn your ABC’sList B(Grade 5 – Certificate of Performance)
Prepare for your upcoming AMEB exams, accompanist provided, tailored to every instrument and every grade.

6pm – 7pm Music Meditation
Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and how to incorporate it into your daily life. Discover how music can be incorporated into your meditation through listening and playing. BYO instruments and playing optionalAll ages. Children welcome if accompanied by adults

7pm – 8pm Q&A – All about singing in choirs
Why does the conductor ask us to do that? What is the point of choral warm ups? Bring all your questions about choirs whether you’re in a choir or not? Plus there will be some singing too!

Friday 13 July

10am – 12pm Create A Song
Learn how to craft a song using your own instrument and/or voice. In this workshop, you will learn the principles of songwriting and how to package this into a 3-4 minute song of your own creation, and how technology such as looping can help the writing process. All instruments welcome, minimum ability one year on your chosen instrument. Acoustic instrumentalists strongly encouraged.

10am – 12pm Learn your ABC’s List C (Preliminary – Grade 4)
Prepare for your upcoming AMEB exams, accompanist provided, tailored to every instrument and every grade.

1pm – 2pm Auxiliary Skills  Sight Reading Day (Preliminary – Grade 4)
An interactive session to learn and adapt to the challenges of the Auxiliary skills in preparation of your AMEB exam

2pm to 3pm Auxiliary Skills  Sight Reading Day (Grade 5-Certificate of Performance)
An interactive session to learn and adapt to the challenges of the Auxiliary skills in preparation of your AMEB exam.

3pm – 5pm Learn your ABC’s List C (Grade 5 – Certificate of Performance)
Prepare for your upcoming AMEB exams, accompanist provided, tailored to every instrument and every grade.

 

GuitarFest

The ORC is lucky enough to have five guitar teachers from a wide range of styles and backgrounds. To celebrate this they are presenting GuitarFest, an afternoon of workshops, masterclasses and concerts for all skill levels and interests.
As a bonus, all participants will also receive FREE entry to the Callum Henshaw concert that evening.

GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR 2pm | $5
Learn the fundamentals of this iconic and fun style from jazz guitarist Andrew French-Northam. Explore the techniques and tools used to play like Django!

CLASSICAL GUITAR 101 3pm | $5
Kick start you journey into the beautiful world of classical guitar with accomplished classical guitarist Phil Moran.

HSC PREPARATION 4pm | $5
Expert guitar educator Matt Arthur will teach high school students vital skills to maximise results and achieve their full potential.

STUDENT CONCERT
 5pm | Free
Up and coming guitarists perform on stage. Featuring a selection of students from the ORC and local schools.

CALLUM HENSHAW 6pm
Concert by award winning classical guitarist
Adults $20 | Concession $15
 All workshop participants receive FREE entry!

If you would like more information please contact ORC Admin on (02) 6361 7974 or get in touch directly with Head of Guitar – James Buchanan at james.buchanan@orangecon.org.au