24 August 2015

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Tickling the ivories: Joe Chindamo (left) and Alan Kogosowski perform in Frankston next month. Pictures supplied

The keys to classics and jazz A RENOWNED concert pianist and an acclaimed jazz pianist will present a masterclass followed by a concert in Frankston on 13 September, bringing a touch of musical genius to Monash University’s George Jenkins Theatre. Alan Kogosowski and Joe Chindamo are pioneering a new concept for the region in conjunction with the university – giving budding musicians a chance to learn from highly experienced professionals who have played around the world. Kogosowski is a world leading authority on the music of Chopin. Jazz pianist Chindamo is an internationally acclaimed composer. From Chopin to Chindamo is the first of Monash University’s

“Masterclass and Concert Program” at its peninsula campus. Four piano students from the region will perform two classical and two jazz pieces of about five minutes each in front of a live audience at the theatre from 11am-1pm on Sunday 13 September. Kogosowski and Chindamo will share their experiences and insights into performance techniques and give tips to the young performers. This session is free of charge. The pianists will then perform at 3pm, Kogosowski first, playing Beethoven and Chopin, followed by Chindamo. Tickets $25, concession $20. For more information and tickets, call 9532 7593.

Fish assured: Fisheries Victoria says a drop in the number of snapper spawned in Port Phillip will not cause a loss in catch either in the bay or central and western Victorian waters. These boats are returning to the boat ramp near Flinders pier. Picture: Keith Platt

Snapper down, but not out ALTHOUGH the number of snapper spawned in Port Phillip last year Was less than in previous years Fisheries Victoria executive director, Travis Dowling, says it is “nothing to be alarmed about”. Mr Dowling says “natural fluctuations” are “perfectly normal in wild fish populations”. And he does not see the drop in spawning success affecting catches in the bay. “We are fortunate that this lower spawning year follows two very successful spawning seasons for snapper, which will ensure the fishery remains

productive for years to come,” Mr Dowling said. “Our scientists have undertaken these surveys of baby snapper in late March for 23 years and know to expect variation in spawning success depending on environmental conditions. “Port Phillip is the most important spawning area for snapper in central and western Victoria. “The surveys indicate low spawning success is more common than high spawning success, but the snapper fishery can remain strong with only a few highly successful spawnings each decade.”

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Mr Dowling said key factors affecting the numbers of baby snapper included how many adults produced eggs, water temperature and nutrient input. “The latter two factors affect the survival rate of young snapper and are influenced by the timing and magnitude of spring/summer temperature increases and flows down the Yarra River,” he said. 
Mr Dowling said it was important anglers obeyed bag and size limits for snapper “to ensure a high quality fishery that is robust to these variations in spawning success”.