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Symphony Central Coast - Paradise Found Paradise Lost

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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
I am now living in Kariong on the Central Coast
Contrasting emotions

Central coast Grammar School foyer

The Central Coast has a huge community of very talented artists and musicians. It is home to a part-time full-sized symphony orchestra, consisting of talented musicians who don't give up their day jobs. The first in a series of 4 concerts for 2019 was held at the Central Coast Grammar School's Art Centre to much acclaim by the audience of music lovers. Titled 'Paradise Found- Paradise Lost', an unusual combination of two contrasting symphonies, one the joys and appreciation of nature, the other the depths of sorrow a mother endures at the brutal murder of her child.

'Paradise Found'.

Beethoven's 6th symphony, the 'Pastorale' was first performed in 1808. It is in 5 movements written [except for the 4th movement in a minor key] in a major key.

'My only resolve is to remain in the country.
Here I am no longer troubled by my wretched hearing.
Sweet solitude of the forest! I am happy, blissful in the forest'

Beethoven opens his meander in his beloved forest in a light-hearted mood, rests beside a brook and listens to the gentle sound of the flowing water. The songs of the village folk are heard in the distance and immortalised in the symphony. A violent storm suddenly erupts [4th movement]. Thunder, lightning and heavy rain pours down drenching the forest. Calm is restored as nightingales, quails and cuckoos sing away the gloom and the sun shines through the forest. Paradise indeed.

After a short interval, during which the ladies from the WCA served an afternoon tea, the mood swing to the other side of the pendulum.

'Paradise Lost'.

The multi talented Ayse Goknur Shanal

Gorecki's 3rd symphony, the 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs' is the absence of joy and peace, indeed the opposite, the presence of grief and separation.

The music is a dirge, a death march which is accompanied by 3 beautifully sung melodious songs by Ayse Goknur Shanal, an Australia soprano with international acclaim and the winner or many prestigious awards.
Ist song

' it is the just the great grief and lamenting of a mother who had lost her son'
Describing a mothers mourning for a son lost in the war.

2nd song
'Free me! Save me!'
Words written on a cell wall from a prisoner seeking comfort.
3rd title
'Oh my son, beloved and chosen. Share your wounds with your mother.'
Words the Virgin Mary speaks to her son on the cross.
The Symphony is dramatic, not often played and like many things in life, an acquired taste.

Karine Moss-Holland loves red
After the performance there was time to talk to the players who are generous with their time.
Karine Moss-Holland is the concertmaster and 1st Violin. She completed her Masters at the Sydney Conservatorium in 1993. Moving to the Central Coast, she joined the newly formed Conservatorium teaching violin. She is vivacious, talented and outgoing. She was among the first to establish the Symphony Orchestra in 1999. She is married to cellist Mark Holland and has a family, the main reason the Central Coast is lucky enough to keep her. She formed the concertante ensemble in 1994. Busy, busy.

Artistic director-conductor Steven Stanke

For info about the upcoming 3 Symphony concerts during 2019 and other events sponsored by the Conservatorium, go to au/event-calendar

Phone for details 43347477

You will have many choices to involve yourself in the musical life offered on the Central Coast.

Try before you buy

One of the generous sponsors of the orchestra is Tamburlaine organic wines. If you buy a case of wine while attending the orchestra, $50 is donated to the orchestra. I'll drink to that.

Next Date for the 2nd in the Symphony Orchestra's concert is Sunday 30th June titled 'From Russia with Love'.
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Phone: box office at ccgs 43658497
Where: pin Central Coast Grammar School Arundel Road, Erina, New South Wales, Australia 2260
Cost: $40 adults Conc.$35 Child #15
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