Blues, Reviews & Avenues


Sunday 1st December, 2019, 2:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, Central Coast Grammar School

Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Ravel – Piano Concerto in G, Soloist – Gareth Szakos

Special guest artists from Palm Tree Studios

Classical turns jazzical. Swinging syncopation, wailing brass, the blues. The Sharks against the Jets. A tang of colours, bustling, brilliant, exuberant.
Follies, Tonys and Broadway regards.



We finish our 2019 Concert Series with a BANG! on Sunday 1st of December as we play the Blues, read the Reviews and walk the Avenues, showcasing the best of American jazz and Broadway. Leonard Bernstein’s music to West Side Story contains some of the most exhilarating and exciting music ever written for a Broadway stage and we have chosen the Symphonic Dances, the best of the best!

Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G is highly influenced by jazz and improvisation and our audience winner of the SCC 2018 Concerto Competition, Gareth Szakos is the right musician for the job.  Be sure to listen for the mesmerising and stunning second movement! Wrapping up the concert are five graduating singers from Nate Butler’s acclaimed Palm Studios. Jasper, Mikayla, Abby, Liam and Krystalle will take you directly to Manhattan’s theatre district as they perform classics from America’s greatest musicals, backed by a full symphony orchestra!

Gareth Szakos


Gareth Szakos began to play piano from an early age, learning first from his father. His most significant early teacher was Professor Victor Makarov before completing his Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Associate Professor Gerard Willems and Doctor Paul Rickard-Ford.

Gareth is an experienced performer, making his debut with orchestra at 8 years of age, performing again when he was 10 with the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra. Upon auditioning for the Sydney Conservatorium, he was awarded the Bruce A. Pontin Scholarship. Whilst studying, Gareth was runner-up in the Sydney Conservatorium’s Piano Unit Concerto Competition and was selected alongside other students to participate in the ‘Estivo’ chamber music summer school in Verona, Italy.

Last year, he received the People’s Choice Award in the Central Coast Concerto Competition and was a semi-finalist in the ‘4 th International Piano Competition “Citta di Aquaviva delle Fonti” Premio Colafemmina’ in Italy. Most recently, Gareth was a finalist at the ‘PIANALE Academy and Competition’ in Schlitz, Germany, where he was awarded concert prizes as well as an invitation to give solo recitals in Spain next year.