Saturday 1 September, 7.30pm &
Sunday 2 September, 2.30pm
St Ives Uniting Church, St Ives
Douglas St, St. Ives Directions
Rameau: Dardanus Suite
Beethoven: Wind Sextet
Mozart: Oboe Concerto K314
Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D major
The KPO presents two beautiful concerts in which you will be immersed in some of the finest music from the classical and baroque eras. A suite of orchestral music from Rameau’s tragedie-opera Dardanus opens the concert in elegant French Baroque style, with lively dance movements and stately interludes.
This concert also presents the opportunity to hear some of the KPO wind players perform Beethoven’s Wind Sextet in Eb major. Scored for two clarinets, two horns and two bassoons, this charming chamber music work in four movements will delight all with its attractive tunefulness.
The KPO is delighted to welcome back Shefali Pryor, associate principal oboe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, to perform Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major. Composed in 1777 this light and engaging work contrasts light, agile outer movements with beautiful elegiac melodies in the slow movement.
Beethoven’s noble, yet energetic Second Symphony concludes the concert. Written in 1802 at the time when Beethoven was becoming severely afflicted by deafness, this symphony is a proud work which nonetheless shows considerable playfulness in the scherzo and very lively Finale.
Join the KPO at St Ives Uniting Church for either a Saturday evening concert or a musical Sunday afternoon.
Shefali Pryor grew up and studied in Sydney where she graduated with 1st class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During this time she participated in numerous programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia for several years. Upon graduating Shefali commenced a contract as 2nd Oboe with the Sydney Symphony and in 2004 she won the permanent position.
Over 2004 and 2005 Shefali was granted leave from the orchestra to undertake a year of postgraduate study with Stefan Schilli at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Shortly after returning to Australia, Shefali was appointed acting Associate Principal Oboe with the orchestra and subsequently auditioned successfully for the permanent position.
In 2006 Shefali was the winner of the ‘Other Instrumental’ category of the Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards. She has performed as soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, including performances with violinist Nigel Kennedy in 2006.
Shefali has performed as guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic and as a casual musician with the Australian Opera and Ballet and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, Shefali is a founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble and has performed with the Australia Ensemble, Sydney Soloists, Southern Cross Soloists and the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she teaches oboe.
Colin's first musical studies were piano lessons from the age of six. He completed the Diploma course studying piano and percussion at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music and joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1968, having graduated through the ABC's National Training Orchestra scheme.
Colin is a founding member of the Sydney based Percussion Ensemble SYNERGY, (synergypercussion.com.au) a group which has established an International reputation following appearances in Paris in 1989, at the prestigious Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 1990, New Zealand and Hong Kong in 1994 and at the second International Percussion Convention in Taipei in 1996. As a result of the Taipei concerts, SYNERGY received many invitations, and in the last 10 years, has regularly appeared in Europe and Asia.
The group has performed at several Adelaide Festivals, throughout Australia as part of Musica Viva's major Capital City Subscription Series, and with the Sydney Dance Company in seasons of "Synergy with Synergy" in Sydney, Brisbane, Taipei and Tokyo. In 2006, after 32 years, he stepped aside from SYNERGY and retired as the Chair of its Board, a position he had held for 10 years,
Colin participated in Internationally acclaimed performances of Hans Werner Henze's "El Cimarron" at the 1976 Adelaide Festival in the presence of the composer and also took part in performances with Luciano Berio in 1975, and Olivier Messiaen, during his tour to Australia in 1988
He has a great commitment to the development of young talent, and to this end he has worked extensively for the Sydney Youth Orchestra Association and tutored regularly for Australian Youth Orchestra. As part of the 1998 SYNERGY programme, Colin was coordinator of the Melbourne-based National Academy's first Percussion Programme.
As well as performing regularly as a percussionist and pianist, he has earned a reputation as a conductor. He was musical director of Lane Cove (now Mosman) Orchestra from 1985 until 1997, and in 1989 assisted in the establishment of an Orchestra at the University of New South Wales. At the end of 1991 he conducted a studio orchestra in a recording session with the Australian group INXS, and since 1992, regularly conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Metropolitan School's Concerts, Babies' Proms and Education kits recordings. Since 1995 he has conducted the "Playerlink" Orchestras, a regional initiative of the SSO's Education Programme and has conducted the Tasmanian, Adelaide, Canberra and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the Sydney University Orchestra, and the Sydney Opera House Orchestra.
Colin was a member of the first National Score Reading Panel, set up as a result of Nathan Waks' 1992 Review of ABC Music Policy, was a member of the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts Music Committee in 1993-94 and from 1996 till 2002 he was a staff elected member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Board.