Your average Aussie wouldn’t know who Elena Kats-Chernin is. Bannerman does, because your Bannerman listens avidly to ABC Radio National’s Late Night Live. Phillip Adams’ chosen theme music for that program, which he rather ingloriously names "Waltz of the Wombats", is written by Ms Kats-Chernin. She called the tune, Russian Rag.
She has been chosen to compose an ode to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the bridge’s construction and opening. Her composition, entitled Our Bridge Overture, was played for the first time today by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The little which was played on tonights news sounds enticing. Bannerman eagerly awaits the obtaining of a release of the composition.