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Simon Tedeschi Plays Gershwin in Cooma – Friday 25 July 7.30pm

Presented by:

Snowy Monaro Arts Council

Where: St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, ask 136 Commissioner Street Cooma NSW

Click below for Programme:

Young at Art 2014 Programme

On Wednesday 6 August, Snowy Monaro Arts Council will proudly present its annual ‘Young @ Art’ concert – an opportunity for young musicians to perform to a discerning audience – at the Anglican Parish Hall in Cooma.

The Arts Council for decades has been responsible for attracting and hosting high quality musical performances to the district. But seven years ago the organisation decided to publicly acknowledge the talents of local performers – in particular, very young and gifted musicians.

Apart from chances to perform before family and friends, and at schools or in competitions and eisteddfods, many young performers rarely have the chance to play to an audience of strangers. And so, ‘Young @ Art’ was conceived.

Wednesday’s performers will be predominantly teenagers, each considered accomplished in their chosen instrument. There will be pianists, guitarists, flautists and more, and solo as well as ensemble presentations.

Anybody wanting to encourage our local young people and who loves good quality music is invited to attend the concert. Tickets are available at The Fabric Salon and at the door.

For further information:
Concert convenor – Glenyss Allen 6452 3561

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Rhapsody in Blue in Cooma


Simon Tedesch

Simon Tedesch

In 1924 the American composer and pianist George Gershwin wrote a piece of classical-and-jazz music called “Rhapsody in Blue”. He said it came to him on a train journey, unhealthy
“…with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang…”, and it became his most popular tune. At the time he wrote it, Gershwin was 26 years old.

He was only 38 when he died, but his music has been recorded by countless stars over the decades, from Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald, to Madonna, Amy Winehouse and Sting.

Before Gershwin died a young musician had the opportunity to perform “Rhapsody in Blue” with him. That man, then aged in his late ‘teens or early 20s, was Larry Adler, who became widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most skilled harmonica players. Adler enjoyed a very long career, was friends with people like Charlie Chaplin and Cole Porter, and he performed and recorded with composers and artists all around the world right up until he passed away at the age of 87 in 2001.

George Gershwin

George Gershwin

In 2000 when he was 86 Adler toured in Australia, and another very young musician performed “Rhapsody in Blue” with the legend. That was Simon Tedeschi, who was then aged 19 and well on the way to becoming one of the finest musicians of his generation.

This story is by way of saying that when Larry Adler described Simon Tedeschi as “the greatest Gershwin exponent I have ever seen”, it was no light compliment.

And it means the Cooma audience is in for a treat when Tedeschi plays “Rhapsody in Blue” during his recital this Fridayevening, the 25th of July. Tickets for the concert are available at The Fabric Salon and are limited, so get yours early.

The concert will be at the Anglican Parish Hall on Commissioner Street at 7:30pm. Supper will follow with the chance to talk with Simon Tedeschi.