• Lady (Liz) Houston, CDF Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and his wife Gitte Binskin

    Lady (Liz) Houston, CDF Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and his wife Gitte Binskin

  • Chris Faulks and Frances Corkhill

    Chris Faulks and Frances Corkhill

  • John and Kathy Kalokerinos

    John and Kathy Kalokerinos

  • Nicholas Milton and Jolene Laverty

    Nicholas Milton and Jolene Laverty

  • Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Indira Koch with CSO Conductor and Artisitic Director Nicholas Milton

    Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Indira Koch with CSO Conductor and Artisitic Director Nicholas Milton

  • Soloists and husband and wife Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Indira Koch

    Soloists and husband and wife Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Indira Koch

  • Soloists Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Indira Koch with Rachel Thomas

    Soloists Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Indira Koch with Rachel Thomas

  • Luke Greenhalgh

    Luke Greenhalgh

  • Asha Rajah-Clarke and Peter Clarke

    Asha Rajah-Clarke and Peter Clarke

  • Matthew Hindson and Angela Birdsell

    Matthew Hindson and Angela Birdsell

  • Hala Batainah, Marcus Dawe, Melanie Kontze and Leslie Phillips

    Hala Batainah, Marcus Dawe, Melanie Kontze and Leslie Phillips

  • Julie Ryder and Chris Bourke with  Sarah Kimball

    Julie Ryder and Chris Bourke with Sarah Kimball

  • John Paynter and Kennett Lampl

    John Paynter and Kennett Lampl

  • John Faulks and Sir Angus Houston

    John Faulks and Sir Angus Houston

  • Glen Halloran, Sarah Kimball and Michael and Elanor Brennan

    Glen Halloran, Sarah Kimball and Michael and Elanor Brennan

  • Jan Reksten, Simon McGill, Bernard Unkles and Lisa Filpetto

    Jan Reksten, Simon McGill, Bernard Unkles and Lisa Filpetto

  • Henry and Dianna Laska with Robert and Cathy Piani

    Henry and Dianna Laska with Robert and Cathy Piani

Canberra Symphony Orchestra: Dvorak, Weber and Brahms

18 August 2016

In a week when the Canberra Symphony Orchestra organised its season launch for 2017 with a variety of meet, greet and garner support from their donors, subscribers and patrons opportunities it was the CSO Board Chair Sir Angus Houston who took us all to the sky in a magic moment of music and shiraz on a trip back from India we’ll all remember and hope to replicate. He was addressing guests at a pre-concert cocktail party and while our feet were firmly on the floor for a moment we imagined a spectacle he witnessed at 34,000 feet.  Reclined in his seat, a glass of South Australian shiraz in hand and headphones playing a Mozart concerto while on the clouds he watched a spectacular 15 minute lightning display, the likes of which this former pilot has never seen. He was caught out momentarily remembering the name of the concerto but the help from CDF Air Vice Marshal Mark Binskin’s with a suggestion it may have been AC/DC’s Thunderstruck got the biggest laugh before Houston remembered it was Mozart’s clarinet concerto.

 And thereby hangs a tale because Mozart actually composed it for a basset clarinet, and yes I do know what that means because I looked it up!  But the imagery for the guests was established and we have to agree that’s sure beats watching a movie on a dicky little screen.

The party was a prelude to Dvorak, the third concert in the ActewAGL  Llewellyn series with Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Nicholas Milton on stage for the first time this season.  With sublime music from Carl Maria Von Weber and Johannes Brahms and the extraordinary Dvorak Symphony the bonus for this concert was the fortuitous appearance of Indira Koch on violin and her husband Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt on cello who just happened to be holidaying in Australia with their four children and were delighted to be invited by Nicholas Milton to join the CSO as soloists for this concert.  And what Indira Koch does with her violin is beyond superlatives.

We expect excellence from our CSO, we are never disappointed, as yet again this program extended and endorsed their collective talent and formidable repertoire under the guidance of the indefatigable Nicholas Milton.