The Adelaide Youth Orchestras’ (AdYO) dynamic 2013 season will finish on a high note at Elder Hall on Sunday November 24 with an End of Year Concert featuring performances by three of AdYO’s orchestras – the Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia and the Adelaide Youth Strings – including three new works by some of South Australia’s rising young composers.
AdYO has commissioned a new work for the 30-member Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra from 25 year old Adelaide composer David John Lang. On Further Reflection: A Day in the Life of the Mall’s Balls is a 10-minute musical depiction of 24 hours in Rundle Mall which will premiere as part of the End of Year Concert.
“The Mall’s Balls have been part of the Rundle Mall streetscape since 1977 – just two large silver balls, one balancing on top of the other – reflecting everything around them: the buildings, pavement, sky and people,” says Lang.
“When I drew The Spheres – as they’re officially known – on a musical stave, they formed two round semibreves spanning a third, a D and an F. That became my first bar and those two semibreves – representing the Mall’s Balls – stand in every single bar of this piece of music.”
A second original work, Song Without Words (Lullaby) by 23 year old Daniel Schricker, was also commissioned by AdYO and will premiere at the concert with the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia (AdSI), an ensemble of 60 high school aged musicians. Schricker was selected in 2012 to undertake a residency with AdSI as part of its South Australian Young Orchestral Composers Residency Program.
“The residency program evolved last year from conversations I had with Professor Graeme Koehne – Elder Conservatorium’s Head of Composition – about how our two organisations could collaborate to create opportunities for skilled young composers to learn to write for a youth orchestra and have their work performed in a professional concert setting,” says Associate Professor Keith Crellin OAM, AdYO’s Artistic Director.
“Commissioning new works is part of AdYOs commitment to fostering artistic vibrancy in this state and contributing to Australia’s overall musical landscape. In the last 12 months our level of commissioning and premiering new works has grown from typically one work a year, to three. AdYO is currently seeking opportunities to co-commission works with other State Youth Orchestras so we can increase our activity in this area even further.”
Applications from 2nd year and above Bachelor of Music and postgraduate composition students at the Elder Conservatorium are now being accepted for places in the SA Young Orchestral Composers Residency Program in 2014. Applications close Friday 29 November, 2013 – visit www.adyo.com.au for more information.
AdYO End of Year Concert
When: 24 November 2013 at 3pm
Where: Elder Hall, The University of Adelaide
Bookings: Book at BASS (131 246)