Sad memorial at ANAM
Yesterday was a quiet day at home for me while Peter went into town for lunch with Robin S. where they had a good meal at a new Italian joint with the suits. In the evening, we headed for Clarendon Street in South Melbourne. However, the trams were diverted at the casino, so we had to catch a short cab ride to the Salon de Sushi where we had another good and quick meal. They are very friendly (apparently a lot of ANAM students get food there) and provide good, fresh food. We then went to ANAM at the old South Melbourne Town Hall. It was a concert honouring four Jewish composers murdered by the Nazis. They were Pavel Haas, Erwin Schulhoff and Gideon Klein, all Czechs, and Leo Smit, Dutch. The music was far from gloomy. The other good thing was, apart from two items with piano, the instruments were all winds. The three 'guest' teachers are all wind soloists in their respective orchestras and were included in the players. Schulhoff's Flute Sonata was brilliantly played by Silvia Careddu, flute and Alexander Waite, an ANAM student, piano but the whole concert was splendid finishing with an energetic divertimento for wind octet reconstructed from sketches by Gideon Klein. The pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns made for a stirring finale.