1. South Australians in France; 2. Concert by French pianist, Maxime Zecchini

  1. South Australians in France

During the First World War, thousands of South Australian men and women contributed to the war effort in France and on the Western Front.

To mark the centenary of the 1918 victory and to recognise and understand the enduring connections formed between France and South Australia, Flinders University’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is organising a public event titled South Australians in France. The event, which will involve French scholars alongside Australian experts, will bring to life the revealing histories of many of the material objects held by the South Australian descendants of First World War veterans.

The event is open to all who have an interest in exploring the connections between South Australia and France through the objects that made the journey back to SA after the war ended.

Tickets are now available for the South Australians in France public event, to be held on Friday 23 February and Saturday 24 February at the Tonsley Campus of Flinders University.

*NOTE: The event is organised across three sessions; attendees may ONLY register for TWO out of the three sessions.

A program can be downloaded via this link:

http://www.flinders.edu.au/sabs/history-files/SA%20in%20France%20program.pdf

You can order tickets via this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-australians-in-france-public-event-tickets-40116067237

  1. Concert by French pianist, Maxime Zecchini

To celebrate the special relationship between Unley and Pozières, between France and South Australia, and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I,  Alliance Française and the City of Unley, with the support of the French Embassy in Australia, are delighted to bring to Unley a performance by French pianist, Maxime Zecchini. To be held in the lovely chapel of Concordia College from 3.00pm to 4.30pm on Sunday March 18, this free piano recital will provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the music of an award winning, international pianist.

Five fingers is all that  Maxime Zecchini requires to not just play a piano but to make it sound like an entire orchestral composition. He is best known for practising the ‘left hand repertoire’, where a musician uses a single hand to play compositions that would ideally require all ten fingers.

Maxime travels the world https://maximezecchini.fr/agenda.php to play the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, a major piece written by composer Maurice Ravel between 1929 and 1930 for Paul Wittgenstein, an Austrian concert pianist, who lost his right arm in combat on the Russian front during the war. In this concert, in addition to the extract from the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, the program will include the following:

  • Scriabane: Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand,Opus 9 No 1
  • Verdi: Misere, extract from the opera, ‘Il Trovatare
  • Bellini: Casta Diva, extract from the opera, ‘Norma
  • Massenet: Meditationfrom Thais
  • Schulhoff: Suite No 3.

To register for this event, go to https://maximezecchinipianopiecesforthelefthand.eventbrite.com.au