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MEDIA RELEASE - Casterton attracts Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

6 August 2018

Casterton will experience a taste of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra this week with the arrival of Vivaldi’s Violins.

Globally acclaimed violinist Sophie Rowell will lead the chamber orchestra under the guidance of director William Hennessy, one of Australia’s foremost violinists, for an evening dedicated to spectacular concertos at the Casterton Town Hall on Friday 10 August from 7.30pm.

Glenelg Shire arts and culture manager Susie Lyons said Casterton was the only regional centre selected for the popular concert series, presented by the State Government through Touring Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria.

She said the concert traced the “beautiful concertos” of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi.

“The story of Vivaldi’s Violins has its beginnings from a humble orphanage in Venice, which became home to a music academy and orchestra made famous throughout Europe. Its young musicians were eminent virtuosi of the day and feted well beyond Italy,” Ms Lyons said.

“The leader of this group was Antonio Vivaldi, who composed hundreds of violin concertos for his young charges during his reign, including some of the most beloved music of the Baroque.

“World recognised violinist Sophie Rowell will join the members of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for the concert, dedicating the evening to the most spectacular of Vivaldi’s concertos, including concerti for two and four violin soloists and the dazzling concert Grosso Mogul.

“This is an evening which is going to be an absolute treat for our shire and I encourage all to come and enjoy what will be a breathtaking performance.”

Sophie Rowell is a previous winner of the ABC Young Performer’s Award and has travelled the world playing in principal violin positions with orchestra’s including the Scottish and Mahler Chamber Orchestras and the Vancouver, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

William Hennessy is the artistic director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and has long been acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading music educators. He has made more than 250 concerto appearances as a soloist with Australian orchestras having appeared with almost all of the major Australian symphony and chamber orchestras.

To secure a ticket to the event visit www.portlandartscentre.com.au . Guests are encouraged to bring food and drink to share with friends for the intimate performance.



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