The Big Phatt Jazz Band is sounding bigger and phatter than ever before! Under the leadership of Rod Mason the band has had a huge year, taking out 1st place in both the Orange and Bathurst Eistedfodd as well as presenting some stand out concerts.
Join us to celebrate a fantastic year of Big Band Jazz
Ticket includes grazing table dinner during interval. Wine and Beer for sale.
The Orange Regional Conservatorium 2020 Enrolment day is your chance to meet our teachers, try out instruments and learn all about our many choirs and ensembles.
Learning a musical instrument is one of the most rewarding and fun activities for both children and adults. The benefits of formal music education for kids is undeniable both academically and socially, while learning as an adult is as inspiring, challenging and rewarding.
The ORC has over 35 professional musicians and teachers covering almost every instrument you can imagine within our piano, string, brass, woodwind, percussion and vocal departments.
New students enrolling on the day will receive 20% off first term lessons!* Don’t miss out!
*terms and conditions apply
We are honoured to have the acclaimed Acacia Quartet return to the Orange Regional Conservatorium as Quartet in Residence to celebrate the unveiling of our 2020 program.
Over the past 12 months Lisa Stewart and Stefan Duwe have immersed themselves at the ORC and have become loved members of staff. We thought it was only fitting we invited Acacia to launch the new year with us.
Join us to celebrate the bringing of our biggest year yet!
2020 is just around the corner and we have a truly exciting year planned. All will be revealed at the 2020 Program Launch in February but until then let’s just say there will be some big names visiting us for concerts and workshops, friends will return to work with us on big projects, new ensembles, new staff, new opportunities and plenty of…Beethoven.
Friday 7 February 6:30pm
Drinks & canapés from 6pm, performance begins at 6:30pm.
ORC Members will receive complimentary tickets by post.
Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia.
In nine years Acacia Quartet have won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs. Acacia have recorded nine albums, with ‘Blue Silence’ earning a nomination for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’.
Acacia are passionate about supporting Australian composers, working with young musicians, and sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages. Their performances feature regularly on radio stations around the world. Acacia’s engagements in Australia include the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Hall, as well as extensive touring through regional NSW and Victoria. Acacia had their international debut in Vancouver, Canada at the Roundhouse in June 2016. The following year, Acacia Quartet were invited by the Christine Raphael Foundation to give their European debut, where they performed concerts in Berlin and recorded a CD with three string quartets by Günter Raphael, to be released in 2019. Two CDs have just been released at the end of 2018, ‘Muse’ in collaboration with recorder player Alicia Crossley and ‘Imaginations’ with guitarist Matt Withers.
“Acacia Quartet performed so well that at times they seem like only one instrument, such is their clarity and unison.” – Matt Withers, Canberra National Arboretum
“Throughout the concert, Acacia Quartet performed so well that at times they seem like only one instrument, such is their clarity and unison. The colours they bring out of music ranges from deathly quiet to intensely dynamic. It’s always such a pleasure listening to them.” — Rob Kennedy for City News Canberra, August 2018
Featuring brass music of internationally renowned U.K. composer Phillip Sparke
Matthew Gately – Trumpet
FTCL, LTCL, AMUSA, BMUS, MMUSSTUD(performance)(sydney), MMTA
David Shaw – Piano Accompaniment
Head of Keyboard Studies, Piano Tutor/Flute Tutor ORC
Sebastian Merrell, Benjamin Mundy and Elliott Bangert
All proceeds to The Red Cross Bushfire Appeal
Tickets: Adults $20 | Children 5-18yrs $10 | Families $30
All are welcome to come the the annual Open Day and open rehearsal to learn about the choir, listen, sing if you like and then join us for a free morning tea.
The Come Together Choir celebrates its 10th year in 2020. From humble beginnings as a Musica Viva Australia research project to today being a leader of community music and wellbeing in Orange, with over 100 participants. The Come Together Choir is one of the Orange Regional Conservatorium’s flagship ensembles and is directed by Samantha Bartholomeusz and Donna Riles.
Come Together meet weekly to sing for health and happiness with a focus on inclusion, diversity and accessibility.
Tuesday 18 February 10am – 12pm
Sing for health and happiness! Morning tea provided.
Orange Regional Conservatorium – 73a Hill Street Orange
Come along and sing the classics with us in a fun, totally judgement free environment under the guidance of the Orange Regional Conservatorium’s expert choir conductors Samantha Bartholomeusz and Donna Riles.
All you need to do is register you place and we’ll let you know which songs we are all singing leading up to the night.
So where does you $10 go? All money raised goes straight back into making the Choir CONobolas better by providing expert choir conductors, sourcing sheet music and more. Choir CONobolas is run as a Not-For-Profit under the OneMusic Community Music Group initiative.
2020 Chamber Music Series
Combining our love of education and performance.
In 2019, our annual Chamber Music Series tried something a little different. In the lead up to each concert the musicians visited local schools to demonstrate their instruments, perform selections of works and inspire young minds. After such a successful trial run we are pleased to offer this program again in 2020.
The professional musicians and teachers of the ORC are our greatest asset and invariably this series showcases just how talented and diverse they are. As always, there will be music from the greatest composers of all time, challenging modern works and original compositions.
Join us for these relaxed Friday evening concerts, the perfect way to wind down the week.
Concert 1 – Music for Seven Hands
Featuring works by Rossini, Doppler, Delibes and more, performed by Philip Rees, David Shaw, Alina Zborowski & Lujia Zhang.
Gioachino Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture
Franz Doppler – Duettino Hongrois
Léo Delibes – The Nightingale
Henryk Weiniawski – Romance, from Violin Concerto
Katy Abbott – Autumn Song
Charles Gounod – Funeral March of the Marionettes
Although it has been a difficult decision, we have decided to cancel the upcoming 5,6,7,8 concert in the interest of the safety of students, staff, audience and community members.
Although the event numbers would fall below current guidelines we consider a concert of this size to be an unacceptable risk at this time.
We will be offering refunds for all tickets. Through Eventbrite for online sales and the ORC office for tickets bought in person.
We can all name a song from West Side Story or The Sound of Music or Jesus Christ Superstar. Musicals have given us some of the greatest music of all time, now it’s time for us to celebrate the ‘music’ that makes the Musical .
Each year the students, choirs and ensembles of the Orange Regional Conservatorium join forces to present a themed concert. 2018’s ‘Beatlemania’ and last year’s ‘That 70’s Concert’ were huge, sellout events and this year ‘5,6,7,8!’ will be no different.
Lior & Tinalley String Quartet – CANCELLED
Through Nature to Eternity featuring Lior and Tinalley String Quartet.
Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia.
Doors open 6pm, performance begins at 6:30pm.
Singer/songwriter, Lior is renowned for his beautiful voice and lyrics that radiate truth and sincerity, and as the world searches for compassion and understanding, the importance of music as a means of communication cannot be undervalued. In this musical narrative of love, loss and compassion, Tinalley and Lior perform a new song cycle by Melbourne composer, Ade Vincent. Three of Dvorak’s rousing love songs from his collection of Cypresses; echoes of love cherished, tormented and forgotten, are paired with Barber’s haunting ‘Adagio’ from his String Quartet Opus 11 and Lior’s achingly haunting ‘My Grandfather’. In a final quest for peace, Lior and Nigel Westlake reimagine Sim Shalom (Grant Peace) from ‘Compassion’, merging the symphonic world with that of the string quartet.
Ravel’s effusive String Quartet opens the program. Critics and public alike rejected the quartet when it was first performed, and yet now it is one of the genres most beloved works. At times wistful and at other times melancholic, even devastating; the work is in itself a reminder of the changeable nature of public sentiment.
“A damn-near-perfect display of incisive and thoughtful music-making.” – Limelight Magazine
“Rhythm is the spine and it is this heartbeat pulsing through everything”–Adrian Medina “Gai Bryant is one of the brightest lights in the local jazz scene.”– Financial Review “Lee McIver can successfully cross genres and yet also manage to remain refreshingly original”– Barry O’Sullivan Jazz and Beyond
Through a lens both retrospective and current, Caribe’s ‘Havana Return, por favor’ shares recollections of a first-generation Cuban migrant returning home after many years in Australia. This striking and varied stage production with its steamy Caribbean rhythms will transport the audience straight to the heart of Cuba.
Cuban dancer Adrian Medina exudes elegance, exoticism and Cubanissimo against a backdrop of archival footage from 70s and 80s Cuba accompanied by an 8-piece band. The culmination of this blend of skills is a unique stage performance, making the show a memorable experience. As Master of Ceremonies, Medina keeps up a narrative between the musical numbers, filling in the historical background with juicy anecdotes and humour. This is followed by a set of social dancing.
The group sound stems from Gai Bryant’s compositions and arrangements which embody a knowledge of traditional Cuban styles integrated with years of jazz experience. The result is a maverick interpretation of traditional and classic styles that are performed with élan and spirit.
Beethoven’s 9th – CANCELLED
Hear another side of a masterwork you love when KIAZMA Piano Duo performs Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, ‘Ode to Joy’, transcribed for two pianos by Franz Liszt. Irrepressibly dramatic, inspirational and uplifting, the Symphony is hailed among the greatest achievements in western music. Be surprised and delighted by this most famous of works as it is reborn through Liszt. Aura Go & Tomoe Kawabata have chosen to partner with the Orange Regional Conservatorium to present this exclusive concert, which will be the only performance outside of Melbourne and with a massed choir. Celebrating 250 years of Beethoven, this unique and exclusive performance is not to be missed.
Da Vinci’s Apprentice – CANCELLED
Every Child Can Be An Inventor
Roberta, a talented girl living in 16th century Italy, dreams of becoming an apprentice to the greatest inventor of all, Leonardo da Vinci. Along the way, she meets a trio of musicians equipped with the weird and wonderful instruments of their time. With jazz-infused music by Australian composer Sally Greenaway and script by writers Catherine Prosser and Paul Bissett, Da Vinci’s Apprentice encourages students to hear the music in the world around them, and inspires them to make their dreams a reality.
FREE Family Concert | Time: TBC
PIANOforte – Live Stream
Friday 5 June 2020 6:30pm
Our annual Piano Faculty Concert, streamed live to you! Although there won’t be an audience joining us in person, we invite everyone to watch this free Facebook live event, we promise it will feel like you are there with us. Watch the staff and students of our keyboard faculty perform works by Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Percy Grainger and more.
Featuring David Shaw, Philip Rees, Lujia Zhang and Kate Rose joined by students Elizabeth Kwa and Greta Seymour. Plus a very special guest, retired ORC teacher and a living legend of the piano, Meriel Owen.
View Live Stream Here: https://www.facebook.com/orangecon/live/