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Xmas Cruise - All aboard the good ship Catalina

You are invited to join our sunset Xmas cruise on Friday 12th December from 5 till 7pm for our traditional Xmas ham and cheese feast.

The good ship MV Catalina will weigh anchor at 5pm sharp from:

The Catalina Jetty
172 Gympie Terrace
Noosaville

50 metres from Big Pelican towards Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club.
Patrons are asked to commence boarding at 4.45pm

By popular demand Stan May and Evie Pikler will entertain us with their fabulous music.

Tickets - Members $25, Friends $30
Cash Bar

Phone Pat Hahn on 5473 0809
Visa and Mastercard accepted

Dancing Fingers

Every now and then a pianist comes along whose fingers fairly dance over the keys making magical sounds. One such man is entertaining us at our next Afternoon Delight on Friday 21st November 2014.  His name is Alex Raineri.  We are indeed fortunate to be able to nab him in a tiny window of opportunity in his busy schedule.

Alex RaineriHe is Master of Music (Research), holds degrees in music as long as your arm, stretching from London to Australia, also holds a Licentiate Diploma in Performance with the Australian Music Examinations Board (2009) and Licentiate Diploma with Distinction with Trinity College of Music, London (2008) and he is only 21 years old!

Alex has won major prizes, scholarships and awards from such organisations as the Australia Council, Ian Potter Foundation.  Also won 1st prize and Sonata prize at the Kerikeri International Piano Competition (2014), Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Second Prize in the Mietta Song Competition (2014), Eisteddfods and is the proud recipient of the coveted Griffith University Medal upon graduation from Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (2013) and won the Valia Mead Award for Youngest Australian Pianist in the Sydney International Piano Competition (2012).

He has performed  several broadcasts for ABC Classic FM, 2MBS, 3MBS and 4MBS, and played in Darmstadt Germany, South-East Asia, America, , and Australia.  His repertoire includes concertos by Schumann, Bartok, Mozart, Bach and Gershwin which he has performed with the Queensland, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. 

Is Alex a whizz kid or not?  He has accomplished so much in his short life and he is still learning!

If you want to see and hear Alex play, and hear more of his fascinating story, come along to the Tavern, Laguna Estate, 13 – 21 Lake Drive, Noosaville on Friday 21st   November from 2.30 – 4pm.   Afternoon tea and coffee will be served, and there is a cash bar.

Venue:   Tavern, Laguna Estate, 13 – 21 Lake Weyba Drive, Noosaville

Time:   2.30 – 4pm

Date:   Friday 21st November 2014

Tickets:  $20 Members   $25 Friends

Booking essential for catering purposes  - no door sales

Contact Pat Hahn on 07 54730809  MasterCard and Visa welcome.

A Feast of Glorious Music...

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Contemporary composer to speak in Noosa

kent afternoon delight 300x400NFA has nabbed one of Australia’s most important contemporary composers to speak at their next Afternoon Delight. Dr Kent Farbach will give a peak into the world of music composition.

He is also an educator and an inventor, a strange combination, but he says the synergies work.

Chairman of the Noosa Federation of the Arts, Meg Lawrence, said “Kent is an exciting explorer of sound. While his work is contemporary it is melodic and evocative.” “He told me that one morning he was standing on Mt Coot-tha, in the still pre-dawn, when he heard the sounds of the city waking up far below; delivery vans, garbage trucks, later joined by the thrum of traffic – all merging into a sound that became the inspiration for his work 'A City on the Move'.“

By the time he was 27 he had published over 30 works. ‘1845: An Irish Elegy’ was awarded the Amadeus Prize Dublin in 1991 out of one hundred international entries. The award was presented to him in Dublin Castle by the Lord Mayor of Ireland and the English and Russian Ambassadors. The work was performed in the National Concert Hall in Dublin the following year and the Sydney Opera House by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1994.

In June 2004 Kent’s chamber work, “Litanies” was premiered at the Noosa Writer’s Festival. He has been commissioned to write a work to be performed in 2015 by Michael O’Loghlin (Queensland Symphony Orchestra).

According to the late Professor Anthony Camden, then Provost and Director of the Queensland Conservatorium, Kent was the most important young Australian composer. One of his mentors was the prolific composer, Richard Mills.

Kent comes from a unique musical family. His father, Rick Farbach, the greatest exponent of jazz guitar according to his peers, wrote the history of the Australian jazz scene in his book 'Cleftomania – a disease that attacks musicians and makes them do strange things'. His two sisters, Pia and Kym are musicians. Pia’s daughter, Stephanie, in her late teens, wrote the anthem for the Northern Territory. And great uncle Phillip had his own orchestra in Vienna but also transcribed for Johann Strauss.

There’s lots more for Kent to divulge. With his vast knowledge and sense of humour, or more to the point, a sense of the ridiculous, we can look forward to a very happy afternoon.

Venue: 131 Shorehaven Drive, Noosa Waters
Date: Friday 26th September 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 4pm

As the venue is a private home bookings are essential: Members $20, Friends and GP $25 Coffee, tea available. Cash bar

Phone Pat Hahn on 07 5473 0809 Visa and Mastercard accepted.

2014 Dame Joan Sutherland Award - Finals

2014 djs jade moffatThe 2014 finals were held on Friday 25th July at Good Shepherd Lutheran Hall, Noosaville. The winner of the $15,000 Dame Joan Sutherland Award and also the People’s Choice Award of $500 was mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat from Toowoomba, pictured left, currently studying in Sydney.

Jade holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has a long list of performances - from 2008 to 2014 - with Opera Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium. She has also sung in Tel Aviv, where she played Mrs Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium, was soloist with the Barrier Reef Orchestra and alto-soloist with the Sunshine Coast Orchestra, singing in Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus and Gloria.

Runner-up (second) was Petah Chapman, soprano, from Queensland. Petah has completed a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Advanced Performance, has studied singing techniques and performance training at James Cook University, and has also studied various styles of dance. From 2011 until now she has performed in eight operas with both Opera Queensland and The Queensland Conservatorium. Her Award was $4,000.

The Encouragement Award of $1000 went to soprano Sylvie Humphries from Sydney.

See our Facebook page for more information and pictures.

Pictured above right, Jade Moffat. Pictured below, left to right: Sylvie Humphries, Jade Moffat, Marilyn Richardson (adjudicator), Petah Chapman.

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Invitation to another Afternoon Delight!

Some people chase volcanoes around the world. A rare breed chases opera. The Afternoon Delight this month is Ralph Cadman who will tell of his experiences of chasing opera all over the world. He’ll tell us stories about the operas, the arias, the divas, and performances, good and bad.

Ralph CadmanImage left: Ralph Cadman is a popular lecturer at Noosa U3A.

‘Afternoon Delight’ is a series of talks organised by the Noosa Federation of the Arts designed to delight and enhance knowledge in most things cultural. Ralph is no exception. His is a fascinating story:

Ralph said that he grew up with a love of music but with no musical background. However, the gods were kind. He happened to live close to the Royal Albert Hall which he frequented often, enjoying the music made in this very illustrious place. He saw over three hundred Prom concerts there as well.

After retiring from the City of London as an investment director and lecturer he went to live in Spain. This is where the “operaphile” comes in. With his German companion, the two of them followed opera to fifteen countries in Europe, South Africa, Barbados and New York. Ten years later Ralph sold his Spanish Villa and returned to London and occasional charity work. Six years ago he came to Australia and continued to work for charity. But his story does not stop there.

For the past two years Ralph has been a lecturer at U3A, talking on subjects as diverse as history, economics, on-line share trading and classical music, and weekly classes on Bridge and Opera. Ralph has an enormous collection of opera and aria DVDs which he uses in his lectures. He considers that Dame Joan Sutherland had one of the most fantastic voices and presence on the Opera stage, as did Pavarotti. His collection holds several DVDs and books on the Dame. Hopefully we’ll be able to see and hear some.

If you want to meet Ralph and hear more of his fascinating musical adventures come along on Friday 21st March 2014 from 2.30 – 4pm. As this is a private home, seating is limited, so we advise you to book early. There will be no door sales. The previous Afternoon Delights have been oversubscribed and some friends, and even members, have had to miss out on a delightful afternoon. We ask the ladies not to wear stiletto heels. Tea, coffee and cakes are provided, but champagne can be purchased.

Time: 2.30 – 4pm
Date: Friday 21st March 2014 from 2.30 – 4pm
Venue: 3/3 Pilchers Gap, Sunshine Beach
Tickets: $20 Members $25 friends
Bookings : Pat Hahn 5473 0809