On Friday 24th July, the School of Music officially launched its 50th anniversary celebrations. The event was attended by the Chancellor, senior members of the University and the Faculty of Arts, present and former members of the School’s staff, alumni, and a large number of our donors and benefactors, and featured the launch of the new Yamaha CFX piano.
Tamara Smolyar performed two movements from a newly discovered work by Rachmaninov, Dr Kenji Fujimura improvised a prelude and played a brilliant work by 19th-century Frenchman Ernest Guiraud, and Professor Tony Gould improvised on a theme by Keith Jarrett in a way that only he knows how. In combination, they showed not only their own artistry, but also the range of colours of the new piano.
The School is indebted to Yamaha for both their generosity in providing a fantastic piano under very favourable circumstances, and for their continuing support. Yamaha also made the initial cash donation to launch the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal. We aspire to raising money for Equity Scholarships, Scholarships that Reward Excellence and International Travel Scholarships.
Information about the program is at http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/music/50th-anniversary-scholarship-program/ and it is possible to donate online.
The 50th celebrations continue from July until the 6th of October and include a range of exciting performances, CD launches, seminars, masterclasses and more!
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