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Adelaide Mandolin Festival 2017 Concert

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The Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles (Fame Inc.) proudly present the Adelaide Mandolin Festival 2017, from the 15th - 22nd January 2017 at Lincoln College, University of Adelaide.

Rehearsals for the Mandolin Festival Concert will consist of an orchestra of 70 talented players from throughout Australia and New Zealand, and will be held from 15th - 21st January 2017, at Lincoln College, Adelaide University.

Nathan Aspinall is Conductor and Musical Director of the Adelaide Mandolin Festival and Marissa Carroll is the Leader of the Orchestra. Appearing with the orchestra as soloists are Corinthian Singers and Friends and Oboe Soloist Helen Kovilpillai.

The music program will feature the premiere of a new work by Sydney mandolin virtuoso, Stephen Lalor, entitled 'Adelaide Dances'. Other works to be showcased include La Traviata by Verdi, arranged for mandolin soloist (Marissa Carroll) and the choir will perform two works with the Adelaide-based Corinthian Singers and Friends: an Oboe Concerto by the Baroque composer Ernst Eichner (soloist Hannah Kovilpillai) and Divertimento by the contemporary Mexican Composer Eduardo Angulo.

Tickets are priced $20 (children under 15 will be admitted free) will be available at the door. Tickets may also be purchased online from December 1st from TryBooking.

For more information on the Adelaide Mandolin Festival 2017 and the programme of events, please visit www.adelaidemandolinfestival2017.com


Nathan Aspinall is the Assistant Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Florida USA. An enthusiastic music student since his youth, Nathan studied music and conducting at Queensland University. In his last year of study at UQ, Aspinall was mentored by QSO's chief conductor Johannes Fritzsch who was so impressed by Aspinall's acute abilities and enthusiasm for Germanic music that this young conductor was chosen as the recipient of the QSO's inaugural Young Artist Residency Program. For the last two years, he has studied in Boston at New England Conservatory with Hugh Wolff.

Marissa Carroll is a performer of grace and virtuosity. At the age of ten, she began learning the mandolin after her father joined Mandolins in Brisbane as a guitarist. Together they formed a duo and spent became in demand as performers. Marissa became leader of Mandolins in Brisbane and an outstanding soloist. She and guitarist Joel Woods made up the professional duo Plettro Mano. Marissa met Nathan Aspinall when he became Conductor of Mandolins in Brisbane. Marissa studied Music (majoring in the mandolin) at the University of Queensland. Her virtuosity has been acclaimed throughout Australia and overseas. She has studied mandolin with Stephen Lalor, Robert Schulz, Adrian Hooper, and the late Alison Stephens.

Stephen Lalor is a relaxed and congenial fellow who completed his PhD (composition) at the University of Sydney in May 2014. His folio of compositions for solo mandolin, solo guitar, mandola, string quartet and mixed ensemble (titled Ethnicities of Sound) was described as 'sophisticated, compelling, cosmopolitan music compositions, which are beautifully rendered and replete with new sounds and virtuosic techniques that are deeply embodied by a musician-composer who is a specialist in the field of plucked instruments...' (Dr Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick, Ireland) and 'work... presented with a high degree of polish' (Dr Jonathan Stock, University of Cork). Prior to his PhD, Stephen Lalor studied at the University of New South Wales (MMus) and the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium in Kiev where he undertook postgraduate studies in composition with Prof. Gennady Lyashenko, conducting and Russian mandolin/domra (with N.T. Lysenko).


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When: Saturday 21st January 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: St Peter's Anglican Cathedral, 27 King William Rd, North Adelaide
Cost: Tickets $20 / Children under 15 free
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