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June 2018 Newsletter

Posted by MichaelRynn on July 18, 2018

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June 2018

Issue 26/2018

SPECIAL EDITION

We wish to bring to your attention our up and coming performances for this year and hope you can attend. Also featured is an article on the success of our celebrated member, cimbalom player Lucy Voronov, who has just returned from an invited performance with the Belarusian Philharmonic State Orchestra in Minsk, Belarus.

AATA GALA CONCERT

Sunday 10th June, 2018 Concert starts at 3:00 pm

Marconi Club - 121 Prairie Vale Rd, Bossley Park NSW 2176

2018 Australian Accordion Teachers Association concert with guest appearance by the SYDNEY BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA

Ticket are available at the door. Contact Info: info@aata.org.au or phone 0438 727 660

AATA web site www.aata.org.au

THE RUSSIAN CLUB

Sunday 29 July, 2018 Concert starts at 2:30 pm

5-7 Albert Rd, Strathfield NSW

Ticket prices: $35 adult / $30 concession & students $10 children under 12

Tickets & enquiries (02) 8850 3623

Tickets available at the door or buy your tickets online.

Go to www.balalaika.com and click on web link: Try Booking

TAREE - MANNING ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

Saturday 25th August, 2018 Concert starts at 7:30 pm

33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW 2430

Tickets are available from the MEC Box Office or by phone on (02) 6592 5466
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 1 hour before show times,
Or 7 days a week at www.theMEC.com.au or Stockland Forster Information Desk.

TAREE - MANNING ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

Saturday 25th August, 2018 Concert starts at 7:30 pm

33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW 2430

Tickets are available from the MEC Box Office or by phone on (02) 6592 5466
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 1 hour before show times,
Or 7 days a week at www.theMEC.com.au or Stockland Forster Information Desk.

ROBERTSON SCHOOL OF ARTS

Sunday 16 September, 2018 Concert starts at 1:30 pm

Robertson School of Arts Hall - Hoddle Street, Robertson NSW

Ticket prices: $30 adult / $25 concession & students $10 children under 12 - Enquiries 0418 402 712

Tickets are available at the door or go to www.balalaika.com and click on web link: Try Booking

St SERGIUS OF RADONEZH AGED CARE

Sunday 21 October, 2018 - Performance starts at 1:00 pm

1 Gilbert St, Cabramatta NSW 2166

Guests are welcome and admission is free. Enquiries: (02) 9727 9844

LUCY VORONOV PERFORMS A CONCERTO IN MINSK ACCOMPANIED BY THE BELARUSIAN PHILHARMONIC STATE ORCHESTRA

It’s not often that you get a composer to write a concerto specially for you, followed by an invitation to play it with the backing of a professional orchestra. But that’s what happened to Lucy Voronov recently.

Lucy Voronov and pianist Elen Rapoport after a performance of Alexander Zhurbin’s concerto at her St. Ives home

On 27 th of April the SBO’s very own cimbalom virtuoso Lucy Voronov, backed by the Belarusian State Philharmonic Orchestra, played to a packed audience in her native Belarus, a concerto that had been specially written for her.

This concerto for cimbalom and orchestra was written by the celebrated Russian composer and student of Shostakovich, Alexander Zhurbin who dedicated the work to Lucy. It was the first time that this international composer has composed a cimbalom concerto especially for a Belarusian orchestra.

But the Minsk performance on 27 th April was not the premiere performance of this concerto. That happened at Lucy’s home in St Ives on Russian Orthodox Easter Sunday to a specially invited audi- ence. With the backing of pianist, Elen Rapoport, Lucy gave a spirited performance of her concerto with her usual flourish and flair, to rapturous applause.

Poster advertising Lucy’s performance with Belarusian State Philharmonic Orchestra

The concerto was designed to showcase this distinctly Belarusian instrument, on which Lucy has established herself as an international virtuoso. And it was fitting that Lucy should be invited back to Belarus, which she hadn’t visited for over 20 years, to launch Alexander’s latest composition.

While the Zhurbin concerto has distinctly Belarusian themes, it also has some distinctly Australian moments. “When Alexander Zhurbin and I discussed the writing of this piece,” Lucy said, “I asked that it also reflect some elements of my life here in Australia as a Belarusian immigrant. I am after all an Australian citizen and if you listen very carefully, that Australian element is not hard to pick out!”

As yet there is no date set for this piece to be performed in Australia.