Beloved by players, singers and his pupils and popular audiences Conductor, Alberto Zelman died prematurely in 1927, aged 52. An extraordinarily gifted musician, his legacy of excellence to ‘Melbourne’s embryonic musical scene’, included the formation of two orchestras, the mighty MSO and the one that bore his name, the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra (ZMSO).
Today the ZMSO offers a season of five concerts, under the baton of conductor Mark Shiell, who continues to guide their passionate pursuit of playing music of its appreciative audiences. That includes one that is free. In June this year they present three young amazing pianists competing to win the Booroondara Eisteddford Piano Concerto Award. Their Young Romantics program will be sure to thrill in May, with an American Story to look forward to in September with Scandinavian Masterpieces in December.
The season will commence March 5, 2016 at the Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre at Kew, Melbourne, when the ZMSO present the mighty, complex and quite brilliant Piano Concerto No 1 composed by nineteenth century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893), as well as the Symphony No 1, Winter Daydreams his ‘earliest notable composition’. Guest artist will be multi-award winning pianist Hoang Pham, who has built a considerable reputation since winning the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Award.
Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No 1 comes from a man who dedicated his life to music. It always provokes a profound emotional response from audiences around the world wherever and whenever it is played.
An exponent of the prevailing taste now known as Romanticism, Tchaikovsky infused his works with order, calm, harmony, balance and rationality. However they are distinguished always by being infused with the dramatic temperament attached to his distinctive Russian heritage.
Tchaikovsky championed the human spirit by offering moments of perfection in his works that inspired others to achieve. His music for the ballet is much loved. His Winter Daydreams composed within his first five years after graduating from the St Petersburg Conservatory, was dedicated to its Director Nikolai Rubinstein. He wrote to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck in 1883 “although it is in many ways very immature, yet fundamentally it has more substance and is better than any of my other more mature works”. Like all Tchaikovsky’s works it conveys the ‘joys, loves and sorrows of the human heart’, never failing to move the depths of the soul. Be sure to catch the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2016 | Buy Tickets Online Now