Category Archives: Choir members

Have you seen the ‘Australian War Requiem’ web site?

If you haven’t already discovered it, there is a special web site that covers a wide range of topics associated with ‘An Australian War Requiem’ by Christopher Bowen. This dramatic and moving work is to be performed in Sydney Town … Continue reading

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Dawn Plasto interviews sound technician Greg Ghavalas

Quietly setting up ‘mikes’ around the choir and orchestra or sitting at the console at the anteroom in the Great Hall is our technician Greg Ghavalas.  Greg has been making our recordings for some years many of them first class. … Continue reading

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Dawn Plasto interviews the Graduate Choir’s current president Jackie Rotenstein

Q. Thank you for talking to us Jackie. Perhaps you might like to tell us about your family. Are they from Europe and are they musical? A. My family indeed comes from Europe – Russia and Hungary – but I … Continue reading

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Interview with a Tenor – almost as rare as a Vampire but much more pleasant!

The Grads choir was pleased to welcome another tenor into their small but talented tenor section in 2017. Tony Suryanthono is a man of many talents. As well as singing tenor he is a fine pianist and conducts the choir at … Continue reading

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Friederike Scheppach’s B and B

Earlier this month, in the company of a music-loving friend, who has on more than one occasion been a member of our Guest Choir, I visited Adelaide to attend the Festival presentation of Brett Dean’s new opera, Hamlet.  We drove … Continue reading

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Interview With Janine Newell

One of the choir’s valued volunteers is second soprano Janine Newell who has supervised refreshments for the Orchestra and Soloists at rehearsals and concerts for more than  five years This is no easy task as it involves the purchase of … Continue reading

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Noah Peres – The Interview

We are delighted to welcome our new accompanist Noah Peres. Not only is he a great musician but he  understands our fearless leader’s political sense of humour which makes for happy rehearsal periods. Noah is studying advanced maths at the … Continue reading

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Farewell to Roger Bartrop

On 3 February, the Choir lost one of its most highly regarded members, when the bass section’s Roger Bartrop died of cancer.  He was 78. Roger’s funeral was held on 13 February at a packed Roseville Uniting Church, where he … Continue reading

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The Merry Widow

Longtime Grads soprano and sometime Rockdale Opera Chorus Member, Dawn Plasto, has brought this upcoming event (in which she is appearing) to our attention: The Rockdale Opera Company is back in production with a stunning production of Franz Lehar’s Merry … Continue reading

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She tickles the ivories…

Our diminutive accompanist Amy Putt does more than tickle the ivories while accompanying the choir each Monday evening.  Amy’s talents became especially obvious when presented for the first time with Christopher Bowen’s complex score for An Australian War Requiem which … Continue reading

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