Melbourne Baroque Orchestra

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DOUBLE CONCERTOS

On November 25, 2018, the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra will present an exceptional concert of Double Concertos featuring outstanding local baroque musicians in works by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.

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This third concert in our 2018 series, held in the superb acoustic of the Church of All Nations, Carlton, continues the Mebourne Baroque Orchestra’s celebration and nurturing of Melbourne’s rich community of baroque musicians.

In three double concertos, we present six soloists: two violinists, two harpsichordists and two cellists. Who will these six soloists be?

Our two solo baroque violinists are David Irving, a passionate performer and teacher and much-awarded musicologist at the University of Melbourne, and Jennifer Kirsner, a regular performer with some of Australia’s finest ensembles including The Orchestra of the Antipodes, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and Genesis Baroque, of which she is also Artistic Director. Together they will present J.S. Bach’s Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor.

Internationally-recognised organist, harpsichordist, choral conductor and musicologist John O’Donnell joins with acclaimed harpsichordist Jacqueline Ogeil, artistic director of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival and recipient of a Westpac 2015 “Women of Influence” award, to play J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C minor.

“..the unfailingly accomplished music-making by this fine artist..” (Clive O’Connell, The Age) has led Rosanne Hunt (baroque cello) to a rich freelance life, including several years as principal cellist of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and recordings with Accademia Arcadia and for ABC classics. Edwina Cordingley has toured Europe as principal cello of several international baroque ensembles, and plays with many of Australia’s best early music groups. Together they will present Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in C minor.

Our donations will be used directly to pay our musicians. If our target is reached, we will be able to plan generous rehearsal time, work deeply together and present our best possible concert.

By supporting us you support our goal of excellence in period instrument performance in Melbourne.

You can learn more about the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra at melbournebaroqueorchestra.com

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Every great city deserves a great baroque orchestra: The Melbourne Baroque Orchestra was founded in 2015 by Rosanne Hunt (cello), Shane Lestideau and David Irving (violins), David Macfarlane (harpsichord) and Greg Dikmans (flute), and enjoys the patronage of Elizabeth Wallfisch. Foremost on our calendar is our annual concert series (which in 2019 will be held at St John’s Southgate and Toorak Uniting Church). These near sell-out concerts bring audiences outstanding performances of fine baroque and classical repertoire on original instruments and showcase the outstanding qualities of our local players. The Melbourne Baroque Orchestra regularly collaborates with the Australian Chamber Choir, the Choir of Newman College and Polyphonic Voices. The support of the Robert Salzer Foundation, Creative Partnerships Australia ( through the Australian Cultural Fund), St John’s Southgate and our growing family of generous private donors is gratefully acknowledged.

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