Concerts from 1967 - 1969

1967 Frankston Music Society

Formed to promote music and start a Symphony Orchestra.


Opening concert on June 30th 1967 featured the Cremona String Quartet and a talk by Professor Edwyn Hames a visiting American conductor who spoke about Orchestras in America. Musicians were Leonard Dommet, Sybil Copeland, John Glickman and Henry Wenig. I think they all were or had been Melbourne Symphony Orchestra musicians.
Opening number was Quartet in G Minor by Mozart. The orchestra was starting rehearsals at this stage. Various fund raising, musical and other activities were also taking place to publicise the formation of the orchestra.

October 1967.
A Variety concert at Mornington, involving several community groups, at which the newly formed FSO played two pieces.
The Bronze Horse Auber.
Slavonic Rhapsody Friedman.


March 17th 1968.
The Tancredi Overture Rossini
Chanson Triste Tchaikovsky
Merry England Suite German
Irish Tune from County Derry. Grainger

Friday 16th August 1968. Third Subscription concert. Soprano Rhonda Bruce.
Overture “Tancredi” Rossini
Dove Sono from the Marriage of Figaro Mozart
London Everyday Suite Coates
The Waltz Song from Romeo and Juliet Gounod
Swan Lake Ballet Suite Tchaikovsky
Caro Nome from Rigoletto Verdi
Chanson Triste Tchaikovsky
The 2nd Constanza Aria from il Seraglio Mozart
Pomp and Circumstance March Elgar

Friday 8th November 1968 Fourth subscription concert. Soloists: Eric Bennet Flautist and James Whitbread Baritone.
Marriage of Figaro Overture Mozart
Concertino Op 107 Chaminade
Symphony in B Minor Schubert
Merrie England German
Arias: Even Bravest Heart from Faust Gounod
O my Days of Philandering are Over Mozart.
Three Hungarian Dances Brahms


Friday 2nd May 1969
Suite from the Water Music Allegro & Allegro Deciso Handel-Harty
Liebeslieder Waltzer, Opus 52 Brahms
Shepherds Hey Grainger
Fantasia on Greensleeves Vaughan Williams
Hymn to St Cecelia, Opus 27 Britten
Symphony No 5 in E Minor from the New World Dvorak

Friday October 3rd 1969
Overture Egmont Opus 84 Beethoven
Symphony No 4 (101) in D Major “The Clock” Haydn
Concerto in G Minor, Opus 26 for Violin & Orchestra Bruch
L’Arlesienne Suite No 2 Bizet