The project covers our 3 subscription concerts in April, August and October.
As usual we are supporting local artists, this time three talented singers.
Multi-award winning soprano Lee Abrahmsen will sing arias from three of Mozart’s finest operas, including Marriage of Figaro in which she will play the Countess for Opera Australia. The first concert also pays tribute to Schubert, born 220 years ago.
The August concert features young budding soprano Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez and violinist Anne Harvey-Nagl (an Australian living in Vienna) in music by Telemann, who died 250 years ago.
The October concert features Telemann’s delightful Canary Cantata and the famous Viola Concerto as well as symphonies by Johann Stamitz (1717-1757).
Since the foundation of the Melbourne Musicians chamber orchestra in 1975 we have featured and supported numerous Australian musicians and singers, many of whom have gone on to very successful professional careers, often internationally.
The list is too long to detail here but three names stand out: Guitarist Slava Grigoryan (who first performed with us aged 12); Cellist Li Wei Quin (who performed with us aged 15) and soprano Elena Xanthoudakis who sang with us after winning the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and has sung with us several times since, in the meantime establishing a career in Europe and making a highly successful recording with Richard Bonynge.
This year we feature prizewinning soprano Lee Abrahmsen who, after singing with us, has had engagements with several orchestras and opera companies here and interstate.
Our concert series involves numerous expenses including hire of halls, publicity, insurance etc. By far the greatest expense is the payment of musicians and the donations we receive go towards meeting these very substantial costs.
Thank you for your support.