Bendigo Symphony Orchestra is a Community Orchestra dedicated to bringing exciting live concerts to the people of central Victoria at an affordable price. We actively encourage young people to attend our concerts to discover the buzz of a live performance by providing free tickets to primary aged school students and heavily discounted tickets to secondary students. We also welcome and encourage secondary students to join the orchestra and enjoy the challenge and camaraderie of orchestral music making.
Professionals who move to Bendigo from the City to work in hospitals, banks and universities find that they can continue to enjoy making music and putting down roots in a regional community that is warm and welcoming, and shares their passion for the performance of orchestral music at a high standard. Our strong community orchestra contributes significantly to the vibrant cultural and artistic life of Bendigo.
This concert is an exciting showcase of a varied program starting with Mozart Piano Concerto No 21 (“Elvira Madigan”) with acclaimed soloist Dr Elyanne Laussade, a Julliard Graduate with a doctorate in Music, now resident in Melbourne. Elyanne also takes the solo in Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin at the end of the concert, a show stopping work to celebrate the woodwind, brass and saxophones of central Victoria!
The new work is “Anamnesis” by Mattan Franco, a work written for Bendigo Symphony Orchestra in 2019 as part of the Victorian Community Orchestras project. This work took out first prize for an original composition for orchestra.
Something borrowed is Brahms’ variations on a theme by Haydn op 56.
By holding the concert in Bendigo’s iconic Capital theatre we can accommodate a bigger audience and have an acoustic that will do justice to the blast of Gershwin. The Capital’s concert grand piano will give full voice to Dr Laussade’s exquisite talent.
Donations will be put toward the cost of hiring the Capital theatre and their concert grand piano while still keeping ticket prices down to make it accessible to the broadest audience possible. Our members cover the running costs of the orchestra through their annual memberships and, through donations, also provide scholarships to junior members. We keep our costs low as much as possible but hiring a major venue is a significant expense. Worth it though for the calibre of the program being presented!