31ST MARCH 2019

​Celebration of Youth Southern Highlands

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Celebration of Youth Southern Highlands

The Celebration of Youth Southern Highlands performance at Chevalier Performing Arts Centre will showcase a 40-piece ensemble comprising Steel City Strings and the BlueScope Youth Orchestra from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.

The lively, exciting program will feature award-winning, young ​soloists:

  • Peter Lavilles, winner of the 2018 Wollongong Conservatorium Concerto Competition, performing Weber’s virtuosic ‘Bassoon Concerto’
  • Cedar Newman, winner of numerous Eisteddfods, returns from her violin studies in New York to present Saint-Sa​ëns’ brilliant ‘Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso’
  • Singer/songwriters Emma Snellgrove and Caitlin Schlenker will get feet tapping with their original song ‘Capsized’, which wowed audiences in the Cantabile Music Festival at Sydney Opera House in 2018
  • World premiere of ‘Absence of Light’, composed specially for this event by local young composer and double bass player Adrian Whitehall, who has had work commissioned and performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In addition the combined orchestras will play suites and dances for chamber orchestra by Purcell, Boyce, Grieg and Piazzolla.

​Experience the energy and excitement of discovering the exceptional talent of these young​, local musicians.


Abdelazer Suite​ – Henry Purcell

  • Overture
  • Air 1
  • Air 2
  • Dido’s Lament. (from the opera Dido and Aeneas)
  • Rondeau

Lyric Pieces​​ – Edvard Grieg

  • Norwegian Dance
  • Waltz
  • Hailing
  • At The Cradle
  • Puck


Underground Tango​ – Goran Bregovic
Libertango​ – Astor Piazzolla

Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major for Strings​ – William Boyce

  • 1 Allegro
  • 2 Largo
  • 3 Allegro


Capsized​ – Emma Snellgrove and Caitlin Schlenker

​Breaking Point – Snellgrove and Schlenker

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso – Camille Saint-Saëns

Soloist,  Cedar-Rose Newman, violin

Absence of Light – Adrian Whitehall
Commissioned work-world premier performances

Bassoon Concerto in F major, Op75 – Carl Maria von Weber

  • 1 Allegro ma non troppo


Adult $45
Concession $40
Student $20
Under 18yr $10
Family $100

​The Celebration of Youth​ Southern Highlands performance is made possible through the support of the following organisations:




The members of Steel City Strings are outstanding examples of hard work, enterprise, enthusiasm and dedication. They reach for the stars and beyond. More power to these wonderful people.

Richard Gill AO

In Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances of 1904 the orchestra was joined by harpist Paulina Smirnov whose scintillating playing created a wonderful and subtly-nuanced centrepiece for the concert.


A fascinating program of works from various musical periods... The orchestra played with a strong sense of ensemble, and brought an infectious verve to the Mozart.



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