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SSC Newspaper : September 2010
By Bernadette Chua For robust and beautiful classical music, there is no longer any need to venture into the city to catch a symphony or an overture. Strath eld Symphony Orchestra is performing a concert called Finnish and Un nished at the Strath eld Town Hall on October 8. is well-regarded orchestra showcases the talents of local classical musicians -- something that it's been doing for the past 41 years. Bruce Lane, president of the orchestra, says the ensemble is both thoroughly dedicated to its cra and having serious fun. "Although we play good music, the orchestra is still a social experience for the members," he says. "Everyone plays for fun." e 60-strong orchestra will be performing a repertoire of pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Schubert and Sibelius. Highlights are St Antoni Chorale by Brahms and Symphony No 8 by Schubert. " e concert o ers a great deal of variety, with music from the 18th to the 20th centuries," says Lane. "We try and make sure that each program is good for the players as well as the audience. at means looking a er each section of the orchestra." e chosen pieces are a selection of favourites from the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Sarah-Grace Williams who will be leaving the Strath eld Symphony Orchestra at the end of the year. "Under her direction, the orchestra has gone from strength to strength both in terms of playing standards and concert repertoire and production." Despite its status as a community orchestra, the Strath eld players have over the years worked with some of Australia's leading composers and conductors such as Richard Gill OAM. "Last year we commissioned a piece by one of Australia's best and most listenable composers, Elana Kats-Chernin," he says. "We had a long association with Miriam Hyde, renowned pianist, teacher and composer." According to its president, the orchestra comprises of music teachers, former music professionals, budding young musicians and people who play their instruments as a hobby. For such a diverse group of members, Lane says there are just as many stories as there are players. "We're very proud of Carol Henson, a ne violinist who's sailed for Australia and is going to the 2012 Paralympics." From time to time the orchestra has to put prospective members on the waiting list before he or she can join the ensemble, but Lane says the orchestra always welcomes new members. "It is a community activity for both players and audience," he says. "It's exhilarating to be part of a group playing such wonderful music. It sure beats playing on your own." Where: Strath eld Town Hall. When: October 9, 8pm How Much: Adult: $25; Concession: $20; Family: $60; Children 5-16: $15 Bookings: 1300 306 776; www.MCA-TIX.com www.strath eldsymphony.org.au By Bernadette Chua WITH AN array of hidden galleries, ooded theatres and temporary venue spaces, the inner west has been transformed into a bustling arts arena for this year's Sydney Fringe Festival (September 10-26). Considered the heart of Sydney's bohemian culture, the inner west is the natural home for the alternative festival -- bringing together, as it does, a wide range of ethnic groups, lifestyles and sexual orientations. With festivals such as the Sydney Festival and the Sydney Film Festival, there has always been an outcry for an event to cater for the alternative arts. Previously held in Bondi, the Sydney Fringe Festival is back a er an eight year break. Organisers have chosen to relocate the event to the suburbs of Marrickville, Newtown, Erskineville and Chippendale. It was a natural decision by event organisers to host the festival in the inner west as the area boasts an array of theatres, cabaret spaces and music halls in such a concentrated area. With acts such as the burlesque Two Headed Hula Hooper, Heidi Hiller and the theatre show In the Slaughterhouse of Love: Romeo and Juliet, the festival does not deliver conventional arts fare. Only minutes' away from Strath eld, cultural venues such as Carriage Works, the Enmore eatre and the Seymour Centre will play host to these and many more shows, performances and spectaculars. e Italian Forum in Leichhardt, St Lukes in Enmore and thje School of Arts Ballroom in Newtown have also been added to the list of inner west venues. Over the next 16 days, the festival will showcase some of the best independent and emerging young talent from around Sydney -- and beyond. From theatre to dance and live music, the festival has something that will satisfy almost every taste, interest and age group. Many of the events are free and most of the shows cost between $10 and $28. For a full list of shows, visit www.thesydney inge.com.au. STUDY CAFE is Study Cafe is a great way to meet new friends, chat with a youth worker, gather information on local youth activities and have a free co ee. Every ursday, from September 16 onwards. 3pm-6pm. Strath eld Community Library. Cost: Free. FITNESS CLASSES e exercise classes are designed to help improve balance, co- ordination, strength and exibility. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a bo le of water. ursdays, September 16-23. 10.15am. Strath eld Town Hall. Cost: $5 per class. THE ART TRAIL Take a guided walking tour of the surrounding area to gather inspiration for art making. Art materials are supplied or bring your own from home. September 10-24. Time: 9.30am. Supper Room, Strath eld Town Hall. Cost: Free LIVE WITH LESS CHEMICALS is workshop encourages people to rethink their a itude and use of toxic chemicals around the home. Saturday, September 11. 9.30am. Concord Community Centre. Call 9911 6555, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. au to reserve your place. GROW FOOD IN SMALL SPACES A great introduction to small-scale urban farming and part of the Treading Lightly 2010 Program -- a joint initiative of the Ash eld, Canada Bay, Leichhardt, Strath eld and Burwood councils. September 25. 10am. Admission: free. Bookings phone 9716 1921 or email waste@ash eld.nsw.gov.au. 18 Strathfield Scene "Although we play good music, the orchestra is still a social experience for the members. Everyone plays for fun. ” Bruce Lane SEPTEMBER 2010 WHAT'S ON COUNCIL ACTIVITIES THEATRE PREVIEW Strath eld hits high note Fringe festival moves west e orchestra's string section in full ight