Dame Joan Sutherland Award 2014

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Dame Joan Sutherland Award 2014

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Chairman's Report

Good evening ladies and gentlemen - members and friends.

A little history for those who are new…

We were established in 1989 as Noosa Arts Foundation, working under the umbrella of the Noosa Regional Gallery, but we had to change our name because no one had endowed us with either a building or a trust fund. Our honorary solicitor, Michael Richardson, suggested we change it to Noosa Federation of the Arts, federation meaning pillars - 4 pillars of Music, Art, Dance and Avant Gard.

We became an entity when we became incorported on the 9th november, 1990. Just after our incorporation, i asked a friend, Gillian Murray, now Gillian Helfgott, to do our astrological chart and numbers. She was gifted in this area. Her reply was that it was a pity we had been incorporated on the 9th as it showed we had a hard road to hoe, and that we would definitely not get our desired purpose building. It all proved to be true. We have had to work very hard for every dollar earned, and i thank my loyal committee members over the years for their tenacity and their help above and beyond the call of duty – particularly Pat Hahn. Pat, apart from Bert Wansley, is our longest serving member and our hardest working.

Then came the battle for tax deductability. We have our honorary solicitor, Michael Richardson, to thank for this. It was the most drawn out bureaucratic battle with Canberra. They kept saying we didn’t fit the model of being a museum or an art gallery. Of course we didn’t! We were, and are, unique in Australia. We were a museum, art gallery, film club, dance organisation, music and theatre, and more, all rolled into one. Canberra was bemused. But eventually through a bright person in Canberra, Ruby Smith, we finally won. After more than a year, ‘we did it’!

I am going to recount what our merry band has achieved over the years. Most of yu have heard it before, but our first break came when we met Professor Anthony Camden, the then Provost and Director of the Queensland Conservatorium and he agreed to become our artistic advisor. He, in turn, ‘apropriated’ Sir Neville Marriner as our patron.

Anthony was instrumental in our being able to present, here in Noosa, the entire Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite, and featuring Xong Dong Kong, the winner of the 5th Sydney International Piano Competition, followed by Piers Lane, Jane Rutter, two thirteen year old pianist prodigies from the Hong Kong Academy, Sir Neville Marriner in person, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra on four different occasions for our Strauss Balls.

We had black tie dinners at the Sheraton for visiting artists to The Con (one was Piers Lane who was unknown to Noosa at the time!) and then we had one of the most magical experiences. The John Nixon Singers with The Camerata Of St John singing The Maria Mass. Unfortunately an audience of only about one hundred witnessed it. Half as many as was on stage. The audience was hypnotised by the event. I recall looking around and seeing the audience on their feet, hands clasped, with tears of joy/ rapture streaming down many of the faces, and while it might seem fanciful, I was trasported into a space like a chapel with stained glass windows behind them against the grey walls. That experience has never left me. We Queensland-premiered the film ‘Love’s Theme’, winner of The Palm D’or in Cannes, showed the 32 films by Glen Gould, Tales Of The Vienna Woods, held specially-curated art exhibitions at The Gallery, one specially curated by Arthyr Boyd, which Merton Chambers organised for us. And there are many more including a series of jazz concerts with The Storyeville Quartet.

We have had many other events over the years, including our Afternoon Delights. But what I am most proud of is what our small band of merry men has achieved, with your moral and financial support.

First of all, The Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Competition Award. This is run by a standing committee which Susan Beaver took over as chair some years ago and has made sure everything runs smoothly since - not an easy task when you have 29 auditionees, all wanting to audition at the same time, or altering because of flights or other comitments. It is a nightmare that you wouldn’t wish on your best friend. But she has done it, uncomplainingly, and in doing so has made friends and kept in touch with most of the contestants, and all of the winners.

We have The Year 12 Graduate Incentives at the high schools in the Noosa area each receiving an award valued at $300. In 2000 we endeavoured to hold a jazz competition to honour long time member, Rick Farbach. Ralphe Rickman was the chairman of this committee. However it didn’t get off the ground as such but became The Rick Farbach Scholarship For A Young Jazz Musician which is held annually at Immanuel College, with prize money now of $600.

Under the watchfull and experienced eye of Iain Maclean, Chairman of The Schools Instrument Bank, we have acquired three cellos, a violin, and the Hofmann pearl flute for use by talented school children. These instruments are a better quality than obtained from the school bank. Why do we do this? Many times gifted students will give up playing because they do not realise they are restricted by the quality of the instrument they are playing. Even a bow can do damage to a student’s confidence. We have either been donated, or bought instruments of worth for the students’ use. And they have made a difference, on the professional side, we have purchased a $33,000 Capellini cello, the last one made by Roberto Capellini when he was 80. It is a beautiful instrument and is currently on loan to 18 year old young Davis Freisberg who is playing with The Queensland Youth Orchesta and doing stints with The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and, I believe, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

And also we have the $20,000 Prima Vera violin which is currently being rested. Both instruments were made in the home of stringed instruments, Cremona in Italy.
So I guess we’ve raised about $75,000 for instruments and the ongoing $15,000 a year for incentives and of course the bi-annual $30,000 minimum for Dame Joan - so we have raised a total of around $125,000.

Thank you for your help. We will hold the Dame Joan Award as part of The Noosa Long Weekend in 2014 but only because of the kind sponsorship of Lorraine Copley and the amounts raised toward it by our Afternoon Delights and the house party which was donated by Mario and Judith Taverniti.

All in all, 2014 will probably be our best ever year. We hope you stay to support us.

I will end by repeating that we, who are involved with The Noosa Federation Of The Arts, are very proud of our work. We are very proud of you, our financial and moral supporters. You don’t have to be a member to be a supporter, just someone who believes in what we are tryng to achieve.

And I would ask you to remember this – we are a unique organisation. There is no other which offers so much to so many in so many different fields of endeavour.

Thank you for your attention ladies and gentlemen.

Xmas Cruise

This is your invitation to join our Xmas cruise to float around the Noosa river and experience a spectacular sunset at sea from the top deck. Bring a friend.

Thursday November 28th
5 - 7pm

We will have our traditional Xmas ham and cheese with cash bar.

We will also feature some live music to add to our listening pleasure.

Be ready to embark on the good ship Catalina at her berth, 172 Gympie Terrace, Noosavlle at 4.55pm latest for a 5pm cast off. Plenty of parking available.

Tickets: $30 members - $35 friends
Booking is necessary
Phone Pat on 54 730 809
Mastercard and Visa accepted

Afternoon Delights

On April 26th, friends and members of the Noosa Federation of the Arts will enjoy a talk and demonstration by Brad Jarrett, Artistic Administrator of Opera Queensland, on opera and opera stars, and, who knows, there may be “some bean spilling”, too.

In any case, it is going to be another in the NFA’s new initiative of “Afternoon Delights” bi-monthly series of talks by experts in their field designed to delight and enhance our knowledge.

Venue to be advised. However, pre-bookings can be made by phoning Pat Hahn on 07 5473 0809

Get Out Your Dancing Shoes

Noosa Federation of the Arts is reprising its most popular event – the Strauss Concert and Ball.

The fifty piece Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian King, will be playing for this one-off event as part of the Noosa Longweekend. “Viennafest – Waltzing with Strauss” will transform the Noosa Bicentennial Community Hall into a Platz in the centre of Vienna. Sacher Torte and Viennese Coffee will be served, plus cash bar. Louise Kennedy is featured soloist and narrator.

Come along in your finery, your traditional costume, or Noosa casual – but whatever you do, wear leather soled shoes - no thongs or joggers, please!!

Practice your terpsichorean ability and shine on the evening.

June 22nd 2013.

Friends of NFA

Dear Members and Friends

We have great pleasure in inviting you to enjoy our new “Afternoon Delight” programme – a series of talks by experts in their field designed to delight us and to enhance our knowledge.

We thank Lorraine Copley for her generosity in allowing us to use her home for this occasion. It is quite beautiful, perched on top of the hill with stunning views overlooking the National Park to the east, and Laguna Bay along the North Shore to Double Island Point.**

Our first “Afternoon Delight” dissects the brilliance of Beethoven. Michael Bradshaw, B Music 1st Class Honours and University Medal, University of Queensland, is our expert.

michael_bradshawMichael's life revolves around music. It is his passion. He will take us on a musical adventure, encouraging us to listen to music in a generative manner, as though we were the composer, thus fostering a deeper sense of ownership of our musical experience.

“Examining the building-blocks of Beethoven’s musical language”

“I will introduce a variety of “musical grammatical-structures” that are used commonly by composers of the 18th century (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven etc.)” said Michael. “These structures will be general enough to be applied to a wide variety of music, and constitute the basics of hearing large-scale pieces such as symphonies, sonatas, string quartets etc.”
He said “much of the talk will probably be a process of putting names to musical experiences that the audience are intuitively familiar with, and will thus strengthen and focus these experiences by providing a conceptual framework for the listener”. “No formal musical knowledge is assumed, although a love of Beethoven’s music would make the talk more meaningful” he said. And he will play examples on the piano.

Michael holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Queensland with majors in piano performance and musicology. He graduated in 2011 with first-class honours and a university medal. His academic interests include methods of approaching music as a language, and for his honours thesis he wrote a paper on aspects of Beethoven’s compositional language titled “Beethoven and the New Development Theme: A Study of the Quartets”. He continues his research in this vein, and is currently completing an MPhil at the University of Queensland, focusing on tonality and form in the music of Sergei Prokofiev

He teaches at UQ, and is the residential music scholar at Emmanuel College within the University. In order to further his experience in the field of music education, Michael is planning to undertake a MA in music education from the Kodály Institute in Hungary. He sees himself working in the tertiary sector, but is committed to working with both younger people and the community at large.

Here is your opportunity to listen to music as you’ve never heard it before

Venue: The Music Room, **27 Bayview Road, Little Cove (see instructions below) Time: 2.30 – 4pm Date: Friday, 22nd February, 2013 Ticket: Members $20 Friends $25 MasterCard/Visa only Bookings essential: Phone Pat on 07 5473 0809 RSVP: Monday, 18th February

Afternoon tea or coffee provided - cash bar - wine only - for the early imbibers.

** Important: Parking: 27 is the last house on the left at the top of Bayview Road, Little Cove (follow Little Cove Road around to the end until you meet Bayview Road – turn right into Bayview and continue up the hill to the end). There is plenty of parking because it is a dead end. However, for those who are a little wary about parking on such a steep incline, we suggest you drive up Viewland Drive to the Lookout, park, and walk down a short track to the house. There will be someone to guide you.

We do hope you will join us.

Kind regards

Meg Lawrence Chairman

NB: Future “Afternoon Delights” will feature Brad Jarrett in April, Ralph Cadman in July and Kent Farbach in September. They will be held on the last Friday of the months mentioned, from 2.30 – 4pm. Funds raised from this series will go towards the Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Award Competition 2014.