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Duke Deconstructed

Duke Deconstructed

A Modern take on a selection of Ellington's compositions, placing focus on improvisation, motific development, unconventional harmony and freedom in jazz.  Dbl bass (Enzo Ruberto)

WHERE: Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre

WHEN: Thursday May 30 2013

TIME: 7.00PM for a 7.30PM start

COST: $20 per head (no concessions)

Baritone saxophone, Bass clarinet (Danny Healy)

Duke deconstructed explores the musical vision of composer Duke Ellington, focusing on an ensemble of low-register instruments.  Drums (Alf Jackson)

This is what jazz used to be about - simple melodic tunes used as a vehicle to create music that is above all else fun.  Trombone (Hayden Dare)

The instrumentation is far from conventional, but is amazing how much chordal melodic depth can be created with three bass instruments.  Piano accordion (Matt Boden)

From the freedom of Ornette Coleman to the harmonic obscurity of Sun Ra.  The contrapuntal melodies of Gerry Mulligan combined with the rhythmic nonconformist approach of Eric Dolphy.  Tuba (Tim Jones)


Stalwart hopes all that jazz will find its groove in schools


TUNNING UP: Jazz legend Viktor Zappner, with students Eliza Paul, 14, Tessa Loudon-Crick, 12, Zoe Turner, 15, Jasper Quilliam, 15, and school association head Ant Dry. Picture: Tony Cross.

Stalwart hopes all that jazz will find its groove in schools

The success of the UK band Dixie Ticklers' visit to Burnie High School last year has sparked the Jazz Goes to School series.

It was a chance meeting between jazz legend Viktor Zappner and Ant Dry Burnie High School association and the parents' and friends' president Ant Dry, as they were waiting for the Prince of Wales in Hobart, when the topic came up.

Zappner was looking for a venue to showcase the talent of not only Tasmanian but national and international artists and Mr Dry said: "Why not Burnie High School's new performing arts centre?"

Zappner had been thinking about the concept of Jazz Goes to School for years.  "Young people are hooked on pop and rock and I wanted to expose them to jazz," Zappner said.  "To build not only an audience but for those who play instruments to try this genre."

Jazz Goes to School will include a workshop for young musicians and a concert open to the public.

The first on this year's calendar will be Grammy nominated New York jazz pianist-singer Judy Carmichael and UK guitarist Sam Dunn.  There will be an after-school workshop on February 22 and a public concert on February 23 at 7.30.

  • Tickets for the first concert in the series can be obtained at Burnie High School or by phoning 6431 2744.

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Picture by Tony Cross, The Advocate

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Centre performs its role

High school kids take advantage of new performance space

There is nothing like the experience of performing in a professional setting.

The students of Burnie High School have learnt this first-hand, with their performing arts centre, which was was opened late last year.

The grade 9 and 10 students recently put on a performance titled Gone With The Breeze, which allowed them to utilise the school's facilities.

They put on two public performances late last month and two for students of the school early this month.

"We wanted to stage a small-scale production and provide students with a whole theatre experience.  We have everything here from stage, to lighting, to sound," head of performing arts Ben Lohrey said.

"Any experience that uses these features helps the students to develop their skills.

"We staged a mini-musical with singing, dance and drama.  It had a variety of over-the-top characters in it and it was a real comedic send-up of the Hollywood scene."

This colourful performance was chosen as it provided students with many opportunities to develop their skills.

"They were great roles for the students to take on, with big bold types of characters," Mr Lohrey said.

"It was quite balanced too, with substantial roles for the whole group.  It was a great chance for the students to showcase their skills to the public.  The more times they get to perform, the more experience and insight they gain."

Mr Lohrey said the skills learnt through performances like this would benefit students in the future.

"Some of these students have a great interest in studying performing arts in college and beyond.  Others use it as a springboard for other careers," he said.

"They learn things like confidence and thinking on their feet."

Mr Lohrey said students had been working hard all year and relished the opportunity to put on a larger performance.

"We wanted to give the senior students a chance to work towards a major project that challenged them and highlighted their abilities," he said.

Mr Lohrey said the performance received great feedback from audiences.

"It has been really positive and they all enjoyed a good, lighthearted, entertaining night out," he said.

Story by DAMITA LAMONT, The Advocate

Adrian Cunningham



Adrian Cunningham

Australian-born New York-based Multi-instrumentalist (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Vocals)

Accompanied by Viktor Zappner on Piano, Nick Haywood on Bass & Alf Jackson on Drums


Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre


Saturday 23rd March 2013


7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.


$20 per head (no concessions)

Tickets available from the school (6431 2744) Or limited sales at the door

Bar opens at 7.00 p.m.

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Jazz Goes To School

Jazz Goes To School



Grammy nominated New York Jazz Pianist/Singer

Accompanied by U.K. Guitarist SAM DUNN

WHERE: Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre

WHEN: Saturday 23rd February 2013

TIME: 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

COST: $20 per head (no concessions)

Tickets available from the school (6431 2744) or limited sales at the door

Bar opens 7.00 p.m.

Burnie High School Garden and Art Expo

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Senior girls bring home slam dunk

If they were offering basketball as a subject at Burnie High School this year, plenty of students would be passing with flying colours.

The school has enjoyed a tremendous year on the court, with the highlight being the senior girls team claiming the state championship last month.

The junior boys team took out the North-West high school title, before going down in the state final, while the senior boys team finished runners-up at the North-West event.

Senior girls coach Mathew Smart said the school had benefited this year due to strong junior players at surrounding NWBU clubs.

"We've been very lucky where we are because both Somerset and Burnie basketball clubs have been very strong in that age division," Smart said.

"Nearly all the girls in our senior team played in the NWBU under-22 roster, and out of the nine girls, four of them play in the senior NWBU roster at Burnie."

Two members of the senior girls team, Morgan Neasey and Nikki Miller, also tasted state success with the school's senior netball team, which won the Tassie Hawks shield in September.

Both the netball and basketball teams were honoured at the school's sports dinner.

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