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Unley Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
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Winter program to feature the inspiration of Shakespeare
The Unley Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra that is set to delight music lovers with a beautifully diverse program for their second concert of the year. Their winter concert has something to warm up audiences, with horn solos and new works set to inspire. Put this Sunday afternoon concert on your calendar; The date is Sunday, August 9th at 2.30pm at St Augustine's in Unley.

Unley Symphony Orchestra interval
Unley Symphony Orchestra interval

Each musical piece is presented by a well-researched introduction by conductor Peter Webb. Peter has also given many talented musicians the opportunity to perform as soloists and foster new composers within the orchestra to an appreciative audience.

Unley Symphony Orchestra
Unley Symphony Orchestra

New work debut - She is warm
This second concert for the year will feature some memorable pieces including the first ever performance of a work by Mike Lofting entitled 'She is warm'. I interviewed Mike to find out his inspiration for the new work. He related that he had always been working towards a composition, defining himself as a hidden composer. He loves being in the community orchestra, especially with Peter Webb at the helm, who really knows how to get the best out of his players.

Program and cuppa at the Unley Symphony Orchestra concert.
Program and cuppa at the Unley Symphony Orchestra concert.

The inspiration behind the work 'She is warm' came about to honour his wife Jan. Jan has been recovering from cancer and at a time when she was struggling with temperature fluctuations he found himself watching 'A Winter's Tale'. The imagery of this Shakespearean play reminded him of the struggle his wife was having. Of something hidden that comes alive, of illness and restoration; the two things fused into the idea for this composition.

Venue St Augustine's in Unley
Venue St Augustine's in Unley

Mike says the composition is designed to suit the community orchestra and their players. He is grateful to have the work accepted by the conductor and orchestra committee for the August program. He relates how difficult it is to get unknown new works played. He hopes the orchestra will bring out the emotion in this work. A dedication to his wife.

Unley Symphony Orchestra
Unley Symphony Orchestra

The program also features another Shakespearean reference point with the work A Midsummer Night's Dream overture, opus 21 by Mendelssohn. Other featured works are by Strauss, Rossini/Respighi and Rimsky. With horn soloist Sarah Barrett a guest on the program. There is indeed so much to look forward to in this Sunday afternoon concert.

This symphony orchestra has a big and full sound and is always popular with audiences of all ages. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and concession holders and under 12 $5. Includes a concert program. Tickets at the door. Online ticket purchasing is now also available
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Why? Community orchestra at its best
When: Sunday, August 9th at 2.30pm
Where: St Augustine's Church Unley Road, Unley
Cost: Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and concession holders and under 12 $5. Includes a concert program.
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