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SSC Newspaper : June 2011
20 Strathfield Scene JUNE 2011 people elena Kats-Chernin Celebrated composer Is gambling a problem for you? Call Betsafe 24 hour counselling service on 1800 BETSAFE (1800 238 7233). This is a free service for patrons of this club. DOOLEYS practices the Responsible Service of Alcohol. check out what’s on at www.dooleys.com DOOLEYS Church St, Lidcombe. Phone 8745 6100 *Members price. Enjoy great value meals from just *Terms and Conditions apply. Please be advised tickets will not be held without payment. See Club Receptions for details. Elena, tell us about your background. I was born in Uzbekistan and received intensive training at the Gnesin Musical College in Russia, before I immigrated to Australia in 1975. I then graduated from the NSW Conser vatory and was awarded with a DAAD, which is a German academic exchange, so I spent 13 years in Germany. I returned to Australia in 1994. What’s been the highlight of performing with the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra? I’ve always loved performing with the piano and the orchestra is very welcoming – they’re a good bunch of performers who play for their community. I have a good connection with Strathfield and I know the area, even though I’m not from around here. Tell us about the piece that you composed for the orchestra? I composed a piece, The Redmyre Suite, for the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra two years ago – and I was inspired by Strathfield to write it. I had a strong personal connection with the area ‘Strathfield inspired me’ Woman of note: Elena Kats-Chernin prepares for this month’s benefit concert. because I had someone close to me in a hospital in the area. I was inspired by the history and the age of Strathfield, and funnily enough, the trains as well. The piece has a lot of brass sections in it, which are used to signify the sounds of the train. I’m inspired by very odd and unusual items so the trains are something out of the norm. There are some motifs of Bach and Chopin in the piece as well. And you’re performing the suite slightly differently this year? It’s a new, revised version of the piece but it’s modern and contemporary. I think people will really enjoy it. It still has the same themes and melodies but it’s just a different arrangement. How did you first become involved with the orchestra? I was commissioned by the orchestra and asked to write a piece for them. This was the first piece I’ve ever written for a community orchestra and it was also for the 40th anniversary of them receiving a grant to start the orchestra. And I ultimately felt inspired by the area. What was the response like the last time you performed with them? The first time I performed the piece with the orchestra was in 2009 and the audience loved the piece. Everyone received it well and enjoyed the piece immensely. I put a lot of time, effort and patience into orchestrating so it’s a joy when an audience loves my music. This concert is called “Rowing For Rivendell”. Can you explain the aims and what it’s all about? The money raised by the concert will be going to the Rivendell School [a facility at Concord West that focuses on the psychological health of young people and their families] so they can buy a rowing machine for their students. It helps children and teenagers with mental health issues. Raising money for the school is important to me because my son spent some time there so it has significance for me. Strathfield Symphony Orchestra performs Rowing For Rivendell on June 24 and 25 at Strathfield Town Hall, from 7pm. Book online at www.mca-tix.com.au. Suite sounds swell the coffers for a cause dear to Elena’s heart