Festival of Learning & Participation | Adelaide Symphony Orchestra | 2-10 June 2017

festival of learning and participation

Festival of Learning & Participation

Internationally acclaimed composer and educator Paul Rissmann will be returning to lead the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s third annual Festival of Learning and Participation.

This dynamic week-long festival will see over four thousand students from kindergarten to tertiary level, share and make music with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. For the first time, the glorious Adelaide Town Hall will be home to the week-long program of schools and families concerts, featuring two Australian premieres by Paul Rissmann, and three exceptional programs for different age groups, including a stimulating program designed specifically to connect the orchestra with high school students.

In addition to a day of family creative workshops, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra are also thrilled to be collaborating with the Elder Conservatorium of Music to present a feature concert at Elder Hall. This project will see the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra perform side by side with Conservatorium students, featuring a performance of a brand new work, devised by 20 students throughout a week of creative workshops with Paul Rissmann.

The Learning Program, including all details of the Festival of Learning & Participation is available to request on the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website HERE.

Events in the Festival of Learning & Participation:

In Flight | Friday 2 June 2017 | 1:10pm | Elder Hall


As part of the ASO’s commitment to nurture the next generation of musicians, this project will see ASO musicians working with music students in a side by side performance featuring works of Ravel and Stravinsky, conducted by Luke Dollman. As a centrepiece to the concert, a group of students from the Elder Conservatorium will present a brand new work, inspired by Ravel’s Mother Goose and Stravinsky’s Firebird, following a week of creative workshops led by internationally acclaimed composer and educator Paul Rissmann.

For further enquiries, please phone Elder Hall on 08 8313 5286

  • Age suitability: All ages
  • Duration: 1 hour

For more information go to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website HERE

Wonderland Workshop | Sunday 4 June 2017 | 11:15am & 12:15pm | Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of SA

This creative workshop will enable children to bring to life the enchanting story of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland through music and song. Inspired by the curious and curiouser surroundings of Wonderland, singer Elizabeth McCall presents this dynamic workshop, assisted by students of the ASO’s Professional Pathways program.

  • Age suitability: 5+ (must be with adult)
  • Duration : 45 minutes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Bookings: First come, first served on the day

For more information go to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website HERE

Mad Hatter’s Music | Sunday 4 June 2017 | 1:15pm & 2:15pm | Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of SA

“We’re all mad here!”

Join jazz violinist Julian Ferraretto for a creative music workshop inspired by the Mad Hatter and the weird and wacky world of Wonderland. Children will create a brand new piece of music assisted by ASO Professional Pathways students. Bring your instrument or borrow one of ours!

  • Age suitability: 7-12yrs
  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Cost: FREE
  • Bookings: First come, first served on the day

For more information go to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website HERE

Out of this World for Families | Wednesday 7 June 2017 | 6:30pm | Adelaide Town Hall

Award-winning British composer and presenter Paul Rissmann returns to the ASO with a performance that will take you out of your seat, and out of this world!

At the centre of the performance will be the Australian premiere of Rissmann’s newest composition, Wonderland, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland.

Featuring 70 singers from Young Adelaide Voices, and with music by Beethoven, Paul Stanhope, and the bold themes from the movies Star Wars and The Incredibles, we invite you and your family to share in an evening of interactive fun and adventure.

  • Suitability: Families
  • Cost: Adult- $22, Child- $20, Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)- $74
  • Bookings: Buy tickets HERE 

For more information go to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website HERE

Happy Town for Families | Saturday 10 June 2017 | 10am | Adelaide Town Hall

Narrated by the charismatic Paul Rissmann, hear the story of Chutney the Chimpanzee as he transforms the town of Drabsville into a town of colour and joy.

Based on the book by Giles Andreae, The Chimpanzees of Happy Town will be brought to life by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as they perform Rissmann’s vibrant score in its Australian Premiere.

Delightful images by illustrator Guy Parker Rees will be projected above the orchestra, and children are invited to perform with the orchestra through participatory songs and actions.

With important messages of how love and care creates family and community, this fun-filled story is sure to put a smile on the faces of young and old alike.

  • Age suitability: 3-7
  • Cost: Adult- $22, Child- $20, Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)- $74
  • Bookings: Buy tickets HERE 

For more information go to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website HERE

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website here

What: Festival of Learning & Participation

When: Friday 2 June – Saturday 10 June 2017 | See dates and times for specific events above

Where: Check locations for events above (Art Gallery of SA, Elder Hall & Adelaide Town Hall)

Who: Check age suitability above

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