Kettering Concert 2020-04-19
Piano, Viola and Flute
Jennifer Marten-Smith (piano), William Newbery (viola), Rebeka Hren Dragolič (flute/mezzo soprano)
Piano, Viola and Flute trio
Sunday 19 April 2020, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall
Cash only 15
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.
Jennifer grew up in Tasmania and at age 12 was invited to study with
Professor Gediga-Glombitza at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. At age 16 she
made her public debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in
Schumann's A minor Piano Concerto, having previously recorded the
Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto with the TSO. Two years later she performed
Rubinstein Piano Concerto No 4 with the TSO and, that same year, was the
youngest graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she was
awarded a high distinction as a double major in piano performance and
accompaniment. Other concertos in her repertoire include works by
Brahms, Dohnányi, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, and she has appeared
as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Niedersächsisches
In 1989 she began work as a repetiteur with the State Opera of South
and subsequently joined the Victorian State Opera Young Artist Programme.
Between 1997 and 2001 she was repetiteur at the Staatsoper Hannover and was a
full-time member of the music staff with Opera Australia from 2001 to 2012.
She has more than 90 operas in her repertoire. Jennifer, a member of the
Kettering Piano Quartet, is now living in Hobart, and is in demand as a
soloist, accompanist and vocal coach.
William returned to Adelaide from Cologne, Germany, in March 2005 having completed a Musik Diplom at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. His previous studies comprise the special music programme at Marryatville High School, a Bachelor of Music Degree with first class honours from the Elder Conservatorium and the Advanced Performance Programme at the Australian National Academy of Music.
William was a regular guest player with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2007. He has also been a guest of the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He was the founding principal violist of the Adelaide Art Orchestra and has been broadcast on ABC FM playing a concerto for viola and computer. In 2007 William became a permanent member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Since joining the TSO William has been a regular performer for Virtuosi Tasmania and has also made a broadcast for ABC FM Sunday Live. He tutors viola for the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and has also given chamber music performances for MONA FOMA and the Kegelstatt Ensemble in Adelaide.
Rebeka Hren Dragolič
Rebeka Hren Dragolič is Slovenian, born in Nürnberg, Germany. She studied classical flute and singing at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Zagreb (Croatia). She graduated with a first class honours degree in 2007. She continued her singing and flute studies with Prof. Alexander Brown (England), Irena Grafenauer (Slovenia) and in lieder master classes with Prof. Breda Zakotnik (Mozarteum Salzburg) and prof. Barbara Camille Tanze (MDH Breathing Coordination). She has won several first prizes in competitions for young musicians. Rebeka’s repertoire includes Lied, Mélodie, Baroque music and Opera arias which she performs as a soloist and musician in Europe, Asia and USA. She currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
Her voice’s versatility permits her to sing roles as different as Giulio Cesare (Händel), Orfeo (Glück), Dido (Purcell), Dorabella (Mozart), Cherubino (Mozart), Sesto (Mozart), Musetta (Puccini), Vilja (Lehar) and others. She is currently teaching singing and flute and is actively participating in the chamber ensemble “The Petticoat Girls “with which she is successfully conquering the world stages. Their programe includes duets from Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Offenbach and others.
In 2018 the ensemble had a very successful tour in four Australian cities (Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth) as part of the Art circle residence project organized by the German embassy in Canberra. The principal goal of this group is to inject life into recitals of classical music, making it, what it used to be: a way of entertaining the ones who discover it for the first time and a way to enjoy beautiful melodies for those who are already familiar with them. Trying to offer the best possible interpretations of the music, but sometimes making small alterations without losing the respect for the composer. In 2015, the band also recorded a stand-alone CD.
In her free time, she also loves to play and sing folk song from all over the world with her folk group Potrica.