Category Archives: Snowy Mountains Ensemble

Around The World – Saturday 22 June 2013 at 7pm

A Concert Presented by The Snowy Mountains Ensemble

With music from six continents and many different cultures.

From Latin American to Japanese traditional music, here there is something for everyone!

  • When: Saturday 22 June 2013 at 7pm
  • Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner Street
  • Cost: $5 Kids / $15 Concessions / $20 Adults

The theme of this concert is ‘Around the World’, and a variety of music from all over the globe will be presented. We have compiled a very exciting collection of pieces ranging from Japanese folk songs and Russian nationalistic tunes to Scottish Dances and music inspired by Africa. 

Following the concert there will be a multicultural supper to continue with the international theme. We think this will be a great way to continue enjoying music together and celebrate in our harmony through diversity.

As usual we plan to recruit the skills of several very fine professional musicians to enhance the quality of our performance, and also to give our amateur players the awesome opportunity to be inspired by playing alongside a pro. You can help support this community education program by coming along to watch the concert on the 22nd of June and bringing along your friends and family to this one-off celebration of music and multiculturalism!

For more information go to The Snowy Mountains Ensemble website

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Together to Remember – Sunday 11 November – at 3pm

St Patrick’s School Parents & Friends

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Family Bush Dance

When: Saturday 3 November 2012 at 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Where: St Paul’s Church Hall, bronchi 138 Commissioner Street, therapy Cooma NSW

Tickets Available at  The Fabric Salon, 82 Vale Street, Cooma

  • $50 Family
  • $20 Adult
  • $10 Child

Enquiries contact Eva Tangye: 0413 555 565

 
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sans-serif;”>On Remembrance Day, 11 November at 3.00 pm, this year people from across the Snowy-Monaro will gather for a commemorative concert at Cooma Ex-Services Club.

Organised by Snowy Monaro Arts Council, with the support of Regional Arts NSW and South East Arts, the aim of the event is to bring people ‘together to remember’ and to celebrate the strength of the human spirit through music during times of conflict.

Ninety six years ago people from this district gathered when the Men from Snowy River Recruiting March made its way from Delegate through Cooma, Nimmitabel, Cooma, Bredbo and Michelago toward Goulburn to enlist for the First World War.

One of these Men from Snowy River, Ernest Corey, who joined the March at Cooma went on to be the only soldier to receive the Military Medal with three bars. The Ernest Corey Memorial stands in Vale Street and Corey’s descendants are local residents today.

At the 11 November concert instrumentalists and vocalists will present a repertoire of music which has inspired, encouraged and brought joy to the hearts of people – from those on the front lines to those keeping the home fires burning, to those mourning loved ones. Among the many items are the Irish patriotic song “The Minstrel Boy”, the “Colonel Bogey March” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”.

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For further information contact coomaremembrance@hotmail.com

Orchestra Concert – Saturday 27 October 7pm

Orchestra Concert

Where: Cooma Ex-Services Club, this 106 Vale Street.
When: 7:00pm, angina Saturday 27th of October.

Cost: $5 Student/Child, see $15 Concession, $20 Adult.

This concert will feature the Snowy Mountains Ensemble and guest soloist Jessie Regan from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Some of the pieces they will be performing include:

‘Memory’ from Cats by Lloyd-Webber
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Spring and Autumn)
Monti’s Czardas
‘Jupiter’ from Holst’s Planets Suite
Celtic dances

Matthew Ventura Flute Recital_Sunday 9 September 2012 at 2:30pm

Matthew Ventura will be performing with Anthony Smith (piano) and Caitlyn Ventura (flute)

Come and enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon listening to solo flute music.

St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, pulmonologist Commissioner Street, hospital Cooma

  • Adult $15
  • Concession $10
  • Student $5

Includes free afternoon tea

Bookings: (02) 6452 5262

or email matthew.ventura@hotmail.com

Snowy Mountains Ensemble in Concert – Saturday 27 October 2012

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The musical by Paul Dion based on the book of the same name by Bill Condon, to premiere at Merimbula.

Teenager ‘Thorns’, (Anthony Thorne) reveals to his new friend, Jack that he has a heart problem but he’s “cool with it” because he has a list – a bucket list. It’s a list of crazy things to do before he ‘carks’ it. And he wants Jack’s help.

There are very funny moments when Thorns reveals what he has already achieved.

Parents, teachers, friends and even part-time comedian, 80 year old Herman Goldfinger, are all drawn into his escapades.

Challenging, touching and funny, ‘Daredevils’ is about friendship, courage, and the pursuit of dreams. – A celebration of life and the human condition.

Rated PG

PERFORMANCE DATESTwyford Hall, Merimbula

  • Friday/Saturday (Cabaret seating) $30
  • Sept 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 8pm

Bring your own nibbles and drinks, glasses provided

  • Wednesday (Theatre style) $25
  • Sept 12, 19, 8pm
  • Sunday (Theatre style) $25
  • Sept 9, 16, 2pm

* $2 discount per ticket for groups of 20 or more ordered and paid for in one transaction

Paul’s last musical, the highly successful Prix D’Amour about the lives of Rose and Lang Hancock, had waiting lists for the final shows, so get in early.

BOOK at Twyford Hall from August 22

Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-2pm

Sat 10am – 12noon

Phone 0422 931 008

See www.spectrumtheatregroup.org.au for more information.

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sans-serif;”>The musical by Paul Dion based on the book of the same name by Bill Condon, to premiere at Merimbula.

Teenager ‘Thorns’, (Anthony Thorne) reveals to his new friend, Jack that he has a heart problem but he’s “cool with it” because he has a list – a bucket list. It’s a list of crazy things to do before he ‘carks’ it. And he wants Jack’s help.

There are very funny moments when Thorns reveals what he has already achieved.

Parents, teachers, friends and even part-time comedian, 80 year old Herman Goldfinger, are all drawn into his escapades.

Challenging, touching and funny, ‘Daredevils’ is about friendship, courage, and the pursuit of dreams. – A celebration of life and the human condition.

Rated PG

PERFORMANCE DATESTwyford Hall, Merimbula

  • Friday/Saturday (Cabaret seating) $30
  • Sept 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 8pm

Bring your own nibbles and drinks, glasses provided

  • Wednesday (Theatre style) $25
  • Sept 12, 19, 8pm
  • Sunday (Theatre style) $25
  • Sept 9, 16, 2pm

* $2 discount per ticket for groups of 20 or more ordered and paid for in one transaction

Paul’s last musical, the highly successful Prix D’Amour about the lives of Rose and Lang Hancock, had waiting lists for the final shows, so get in early.

BOOK at Twyford Hall from August 22

Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-2pm

Sat 10am – 12noon

Phone 0422 931 008

See www.spectrumtheatregroup.org.au for more information.

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The musical by Paul Dion based on the book of the same name by Bill Condon, to premiere at Merimbula.

Teenager ‘Thorns’, (Anthony Thorne) reveals to his new friend, Jack that he has a heart problem but he’s “cool with it” because he has a list – a bucket list. It’s a list of crazy things to do before he ‘carks’ it. And he wants Jack’s help.

There are very funny moments when Thorns reveals what he has already achieved.

Parents, teachers, friends and even part-time comedian, 80 year old Herman Goldfinger, are all drawn into his escapades.

Challenging, touching and funny, ‘Daredevils’ is about friendship, courage, and the pursuit of dreams. – A celebration of life and the human condition.

Rated PG

PERFORMANCE DATESTwyford Hall, Merimbula

  • Friday/Saturday (Cabaret seating) $30
  • Sept 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 8pm

Bring your own nibbles and drinks, glasses provided

  • Wednesday (Theatre style) $25
  • Sept 12, 19, 8pm
  • Sunday (Theatre style) $25
  • Sept 9, 16, 2pm

* $2 discount per ticket for groups of 20 or more ordered and paid for in one transaction

Paul’s last musical, the highly successful Prix D’Amour about the lives of Rose and Lang Hancock, had waiting lists for the final shows, so get in early.

BOOK at Twyford Hall from August 22

Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-2pm

Sat 10am – 12noon

Phone 0422 931 008

See www.spectrumtheatregroup.org.au for more information.

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sans-serif;”>Cooma Music Competition 2012, now in its seventh year, will provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages and skills to perform and compete. We hope this competition will be as inclusive as possible. The competition will be open to all instruments and voice. Although the competition will be conducted by Cooma School of Music, all musicians are welcome to perform.

Entry is open to all.

Date: Heats Saturday 1 September (from noon) & Sunday 2 September (from noon)

Heats will be conducted throughout the 2 days with a Finals Concert to be held on the Sunday evening at 7.00 pm.

Venue: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall. 

Performers for this concert will be drawn from the winners of the heats as well as invited guest performers.

The major sections will be: 

  1. Solos (unaccompanied or accompanied. Solos may be accompanied by a pianist or a guitarist, or other musician or CD backing track. Performers must organize their own accompanist if required. CD backing tracks (“Play-along”) will be accepted by prior arrangement.
  2. Small Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination up to and including 6 players.
  3. Large Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination over 6 players.
  4. Vocal Groups-including small to large choirs.
  5. Rock Groups-includes all styles. (eg Country, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, etc)
  6. Original Composition – A Song or Instrumental Item-(any style) 

Each major section will be subdivided into 3 age groups:

  1. Primary-primary school aged
  2. Secondary-secondary school aged
  3. Open

If there are not enough competitors in the younger age groups, younger players may be invited to compete in an older age group.

The Solos section will also be divided into types of instrument if possible.

These instrumental sub-categories will be:

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Classical Guitar
  • Modern Guitar (Steel string, acoustic or electric)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass)
  • Woodwind & Brass
  • Drums
  • Singing
  • Miscellaneous (any musical instruments not listed above. For example, harmonica, bagpipes, mandolin, banjo, harp, etc)

If there are not enough competitors in any of the heats , performers may be invited to compete in a heat of another instrumental sub-category.

 

All competitors will receive a Certificate of Participation. Winners of their heats will receive awards.

We will be happy to accept donations and assistance from businesses and individuals to make this competition possible.

We welcome any comments or advice that may help make this competition an exciting and useful event.

(Click below to download entry form)

 ENTRY FORM COOMA MUSIC COMPETITION 2012

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sans-serif;”>‘Daredevils’

The musical by Paul Dion based on the book of the same name by Bill Condon, to premiere at Merimbula.

Teenager ‘Thorns’, (Anthony Thorne) reveals to his new friend, Jack that he has a heart problem but he’s “cool with it” because he has a list – a bucket list. It’s a list of crazy things to do before he ‘carks’ it. And he wants Jack’s help.

There are very funny moments when Thorns reveals what he has already achieved.

Parents, teachers, friends and even part-time comedian, 80 year old Herman Goldfinger, are all drawn into his escapades.

Challenging, touching and funny, ‘Daredevils’ is about friendship, courage, and the pursuit of dreams. – A celebration of life and the human condition.

Rated PG

PERFORMANCE DATESTwyford Hall, Merimbula

  • Friday/Saturday (Cabaret seating) $30
  • Sept 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 8pm

Bring your own nibbles and drinks, glasses provided

  • Wednesday (Theatre style) $25
  • Sept 12, 19, 8pm
  • Sunday (Theatre style) $25
  • Sept 9, 16, 2pm

* $2 discount per ticket for groups of 20 or more ordered and paid for in one transaction

Paul’s last musical, the highly successful Prix D’Amour about the lives of Rose and Lang Hancock, had waiting lists for the final shows, so get in early.

BOOK at Twyford Hall from August 22

Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-2pm

Sat 10am – 12noon

Phone 0422 931 008

See www.spectrumtheatregroup.org.au for more information.

More details to be announced

October 27 – SME End of Year Concert (Cooma). This concert will feature the Snowy Mountains Ensemble and invited guests. We hope to put together a 40-piece orchestra for this concert including some very talented guests from Canberra, treat Bega, site Cootamundra and Sydney. Come along and be impressed by the inspirational music of a local orchestra.

October 28 – SME End of Year Concert (Jindabyne). Same as above but this performance will be held in Jindabyne

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VIKI PARSONS in Concert – Saturday 7 July 2012 at 7.00 pm

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Viki Parsons performing at Art Gallery NSW

Tickets:

  • Adults $20
  • Concessions/Pensioner/Senior $15
  • Snowy Monaro Arts Council Member $15
  • Student/Child $10
  • Family Ticket $50

 Tickets available at Cooma School of Music – Bookings (02) 6452 6067

About Viki Parsons:

Victoria Parsons first became interested in playing instruments at the age of 10, when Cooma Public School took the initiative to establish their first school band. Through chance she was given a flute to try and instantly fell in love with its sound. With the support of school bands, community bands, choirs, church music groups, the enthusiastic teachers at the Cooma School of Music and the wonderful opportunities this small musical community offers, Victoria has been encouraged to learn, grow and establish a true passion for music.

She currently tutors flute, voice and choir/ensembles at the Clavier School of Music in Hurstville and at North Cross Christian School in North Ryde. Victoria completed her Bachelor of Music: Classical Performance at the Australian Institute of Music with Dr. Danielle Eden, and has now commenced a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Anthropology and Music Studies at the University of Sydney. 

Also…

Flute Day

Viki Parsons will be conducting Masterclasses & Flute Ensemble Workshop

When: Saturday July 7, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Where: Cooma Little Theatre
Cost: $25 per participant, or $20 per observer.
Bring: Your own lunch, flute, and copies of music provided to you.
To register or make enquiries, please call Matthew on 6452 5262 or email: sonataform@hotmail.com

Click here for more information about the Flute Day

Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza_The Aftermath

Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza

The Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza was a great success with over 550 people in total attending the 3 performances last weekend at the Cooma Ex-Services Club. This major production was a made up of selections from “The Mikado”, myocarditis “HMS Pinafore”, more about “Pirates of Penzance”, Yeoman of the Guard”, “The Gondoliers”and “Iolanthe”.

This ambitious project was conceived by Robert Shearer and featured 20 soloists, a chorus of 20 voices and an orchestra of almost 30. The chorus was made up of members of the Cooma Harmony Chorus, and the orchestra was primarily made up of the Snowy Mountains Ensemble. The proceeds from the shows were evenly divided between these two wonderful community-based music groups. Over $10.000 was made.

The audiences for the shows were a mix of ages from children to pensioners and this was reflected the diverse ages of the performers which was from 6 to 80 year-olds. As well as the many locals that came along to see the shows there were visitors from Canberra, Sydney, Mebourne and Brisbane. One audience member told me that he and his wife had brought along his mother-in-law who was visiting from the USA. He said that his mother-in-law was delighted with the show remarking that the Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza was a highlight of her visit to Australia and the she “couldn’t believe that a small town like Cooma could have put on a performance of such high quality!”

Here’ some photos from the shows. Click on thumbnails for larger images.

Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza Heats Up!

Julia Clancy performing in Iolanthe

It may be getting a little chilly in Cooma these days but preparations for the Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza are heating up. Rehearsals are in full swing. The orchestra, medicine which was 26 strong and mainly consisting of members of the Snowy Mountains Ensemble, stuff has now grown to 36 in number with many accomplished musicians from far and wide joining the ranks. Many of these new arrivals are from orchestras in Canberra. They seem to be very excited about getting to perform in these much loved works.

The Cooma Harmony Chorus has been very busy not only learning their songs but quite a few tricky dance steps as well. It’s hard work but great fun!

Yvonne Barnes has been madly sewing costumes late into the night. The soloists have been having fun trying out all the elaborate costumes and make up. John and Joan Holmes have been testing and retesting all the sound and lighting equipment. The Lion’s Club has been hard at work constructing the sets. Robert Shearer, stuff Petra Lindsay, Rodney Clancy and Leslie Spencer have been directing all this frenetic activity. It’s Cooma’s largest musical production ever but it’s all coming together beautifully.

Tickets sales are selling fast so if you want to attend buy your tickets soon as you can so you don’t miss out. Tickets are available for three shows only. There’s one performance on Friday evening 1st June at 7.30 pm and two performances on  Saturday 2nd June; a matinee at 1.30 pm and an evening show at 7.30 pm. Tickets may be purchases at the venue, Cooma Ex-Services Club or at Cooma School of Music.

(Click on the thumbnails below for the larger image)

 

Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza _Update

 

Miranda & Rowena Evans performing in Iolanthe

Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza

Cooma, cure 1st & 2nd June 2012

page helvetica, sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Coming soon: “A Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza”. This unique production is the brainchild of Robert Shearer and will be presented by the Cooma Harmony Chorus and the Snowy Mountains Ensemble. The performances will also feature local and visiting soloists, including singers from the ANU School of Music. The concept of this Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza (everyone is now calling it simply “the G&S”) has grown out of the successes of last year’s musical colaborations in Cooma, namely: Gilbert and Sullivan’s, “Trial by Jury”, “Sing Your Own Handel’s Messiah” and the “Australia Day Music Celebration-Let Our Stars Shine”.

 

Robert Shearer, who is co-directing the production with Petra Lindsay, has selected excerpts from “The Mikado”, “HMS Pinafore”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Yeomen of the Guard”, “The Gondoliers” and “Iolanthe”.

Ann Tame as the Duchess from The Gondoliers

He has ingeniously written a script that combines all these excerpts into a single musical narrative. While remaining true to the composers’ original vision, Robert has added modern references that will delight and amuse a present day audience. The popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works has not diminished over the years. Their appeal lies in the combination of wonderful music and comedy.

“A Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza” will feature timeless favourites such as: I’m Called Little Buttercup, On A Tree By A River, A Policeman’s Lot Is Not A Happy One, When I Was A Lad, Three Little Maids, I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore, and many more.

A major focus of this production will be big, bold and lively musical performances by 21 talented soloists accompanied by a 20 member chorus and a full 26 piece orchestra conducted by Rodney Clancy. Lavish costuming, lighting effects, dance and movement will also add to this exciting production.

Important Details:

There will be 3 performances only:

  • Friday 1st June at 7.30pm (Evening Performance)
  • Saturday 2nd June at 1.30pm (Matinee Performance) and at 7.30pm (Evening Performance)

Venue: Cooma Ex-Services Club, Vale Street, Cooma

The Soloists (in no particular order): Richard Hopkins, Jack Clayton, Elizabeth Barnes, Deb Law, Nick Giger, Rowena Evans, Charles Bradshaw, John Price, Miranda Evans, Robert Shearer, Jesse Greig, Josh Burke, Dave Learoyd, Judy Gibson, Keren Dalzell, Tala Ferguson, Ann Tame, Nigel Griffiths, Julia Clancy and Hilary Keighley


 

Remembrance Day Concert 11.11.12 – Calling for Expressions of Interest

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barely used.

New price $499 save $200.

Includes:

  • 9 Ply Shells
  • 22″ x 16″ Bass Drum (16 lugs)
  • 16″ x 16″ Floor Tom (12 lugs)
  • 13″ x 11″ & 12″ x 10″ Power Toms (12 lugs)
  • 14″ x 5″ Wood Shell Snare Drum
  • Medium weight double braced hardware includes;  Snare, pharmacy
    Hi-Hat & Cymbal Stands; Bass Drum Pedal & Heavy Duty retractable Bass Drum Spurs; Heavy Duty Tom Holders & Mounts.

Also includes:

  • 14″ DXP Hi-Hat Cymbals
  • 16″ DXP Crash Cymbal
  • Drum Throne

Priced Ex-Shop. If interested contact Allan:

Cooma School of Music
Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
Phone: 02 6452 6067
Fax: 02 6452 4938
Email: allan@coomamusic.com.au



This drum kit is in near new condition, no rx barely used.

New price $499 save $200.

Includes:

  • 9 Ply Shells
  • 22″ x 16″ Bass Drum (16 lugs)
  • 16″ x 16″ Floor Tom (12 lugs)
  • 13″ x 11″ & 12″ x 10″ Power Toms (12 lugs)
  • 14″ x 5″ Wood Shell Snare Drum
  • Medium weight double braced hardware includes;  Snare, buy
    Hi-Hat & Cymbal Stands; Bass Drum Pedal & Heavy Duty retractable Bass Drum Spurs; Heavy Duty Tom Holders & Mounts.

Also includes:

  • 14″ DXP Hi-Hat Cymbals
  • 16″ DXP Crash Cymbal
  • Drum Throne

Priced Ex-Shop. If interested contact Allan:

Cooma School of Music
Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
Phone: 02 6452 6067
Fax: 02 6452 4938
Email: allan@coomamusic.com.au



Coordinated by Snowy Monaro Arts Council Inc. instrumentalists and choirs from Cooma-Monaro, Syphilis
Bombala and Snowy River Shires will present a concert at Cooma Ex-Services Club at 3:00pm on 11 November 2012. As well as honouring Remembrance Day, store this project aims to further develop and foster connections between performers and audiences across the Snowy-Monaro region.

With the support of the Cooma-Monaro Arts & Cultural Activities Committee and South East Arts, remedy we were successful at gaining funding for the project from Regional Arts NSW, through their Country Arts Support Program.

We have already received some wonderful expressions of interest from various individuals and groups interested in participating in the concert, and now we are inviting more.

Please contact the coordinating team…

  • ·         If you would like to be part of the musical performance;
  • ·         If you have any appropriate stories to share (war memories and stories from all around the world);
  • ·         If you may be willing and able to lend appropriate imagery – paintings, photographs, uniforms for the event; or
  • ·         If you would like to be involved in any other way!

Prospective performers, please send some details about yourselves:

  • ·         The name of your group and your contact details
  • ·         What kind of group it is – instrumental, vocal, both
  • ·         How long you have been performing
  • ·         Number of group members and their age range
  • ·         What kinds of instruments you play, and the level of proficiency
  • ·         Anything from your repertoire or collection which might be suitable for this concert
  • ·         Any performance highlights, such as recordings
  • ·         Anything else you think that might be helpful

A meeting of interested participants is planned for 19 May in Cooma – the time and venue will be confirmed.

Email us at coomaremembrance@hotmail.com OR write to Snowy Monaro Arts Council, PO Box 1260, Cooma, 2630 on or before Friday 11 May.