Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Victoria’s flagship chamber music orchestra, MCO, will tour a suite of works across Victoria in 2019.


Performers: Andrew Haveron, violin; Michael Dahlenburg, conductor; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Laureate of the Paganini Competition and former first violin of the famed Brodsky Quartet, Sydney Symphony concertmaster Andrew Haveron is one of the most accomplished and sought after violinists on the planet. A masterpiece even among Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces, the Violin Concerto in D is the ideal vehicle for a violinist so utterly at home in Romantic repertoire. Offering both pyrotechnic virtuosity and melting beauty, don’t miss this intimate and fiery journey into the Russian soul.

What could compliment such astonishing music? Only Mozart’s greatest and final symphonic work, the Jupiter. Synthesising all of Mozart’s considerable art, this brilliant, clear and joyous work is the quintessential Classical symphony.


Performers: Australian Octet; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Three extraordinary works showing the full range of the dramatic, virtuosic and emotional possibilities of chamber music. Shostakovich’s theatrical, short octet is one of the great works of twentieth-century chamber music. Swiss-German composer Joachim Raff brings music brimming with joyous energy and lush melody. Finally, Brahms’ youthful and sonorous second sextet brings this chamber music recital to a ravishing close. With six and eight string musicians performing in perfect synergy, this is a performance of enthralling energy and compelling intimacy.



Performers: David Fung, piano; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

To hear Bach’s keyboard concertos is to witness the birth of a genre. Alternating bustling brio and the most heartfelt lyricism, Bach creates music that speaks across the centuries. Recently praised for his “simply gorgeous” playing and “crystalline phrasing” by the Washington Post, pianist David Fung is an ideal match for the immaculate poise and effortless dexterity these wonderful concertos require.

Béla Bartók’s Divertimento is one of the iconic works for chamber orchestra—an exhilarating showpiece, inflected with folk melodies and driving rhythms. An intriguing Telemann concerto for four violins and three heartfelt miniatures by Dvořák complete a concert of contrasts across the centuries.


Performers: Diana Doherty, oboe; Alexandre Oguey, Cor Anglais; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

With its lucid, penetrating tone, the oboe captivates the ear and touches the heart. In this concert, oboe masterpieces from the Italian Baroque meet Melbourne composer Joe Chindamo’s double concerto for oboe and cor anglais, Sanctuary. The orchestra performs magnificent concerti grossi by Baroque luminaries Handel, Avison and Corelli.

MCO welcomes back Australia’s greatest oboe star, Diana Doherty, who is the Principal Oboe of Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She is joined by Alexandre Oguey, principal cor anglais of Sydney Symphony for Sanctuary.

Corelli              Concerto Grosso in C minor Op 6 No 3
Avison              Concerto Grosso in E flat major Op 9 No 7
Joe Chindamo  Sanctuary for oboe, cor anglais & orchestra* (*Victorian première season)
Vivaldi              Concerto for Oboe & Violin in B flat major RV 548
Handel             Concerto Grosso in C minor Op 6 No 8
Albinoni            Oboe Concerto in G minor Op 9 No 8


Performers: William Hennessy, violin; Polyphonic Voices, choir: Michael Fulcher, conductor; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Join MCO for a new chapter in its musical journey—the orchestra's first performance of music for chamber orchestra and choir. Polyphonic Voices, directed by Michael Fulcher, has gained a reputation for its extraordinary choral singing and collaborations with diverse ensembles including MSO and Plexus. They join us for Schubert’s second Mass, a work inspired by the composer’s divine gift for melody. Utterly gorgeous and infused with a gentle mystery, the Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth.

Composed just a few months after the Mass, Schubert’s third symphony reveals an impossibly accomplished and confident eighteen-year-old symphonist. Written with sparkling classic lightness, a treasury of tunes and unalloyed joy, this rarely-performed work of genius is among the most uplifting of all symphonies.


Performers: Alice Giles, harp; Prudence Davis, flute; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Two exquisite instruments and uplifting Classical spirit in abundance.

One of Mozart’s most loved works, the concerto for flute, harp & orchestra is pure elegance and magic. Don’t miss this reunion of legendary Australian musicians Alice Giles and Prudence Davis, who have performed this work together over decades.

To complement, Haydn’s lyrical and intimate Mercury symphony, the sparkling brio of Tchaikovsky, and a new composition by MCO audience favourite Nicholas Buc, commissioned by residents of Yackandandah [population 900] where the orchestra tours annually.


Performers: Stefan Cassomenos, piano; Michael Dahlenburg, conductor; Natalia Harvey, violin; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

In the 1780s, Mozart forged a new path as an independent composer and pianist. The piano concertos were a vehicle for his prowess in both roles—opening up the musical possibilities of the piano concerto and bringing Mozart to the height of his fame as a performer. Majestic, elegant and expansive, the Piano Concerto No 22 delights with its subtle beauty and Mozart’s ever-present gift for melody. To perform it with MCO, one of Australia’s best loved and most charismatic pianists, Stefan Cassomenos.

Haydn received the news that Mozart had died while writing his 98th Symphony, and it became a coded tribute to the great composer, quoting his Coronation Mass, the Jupiter Symphony and even God Save the King.

With a feisty Cimarosa overture and Beethoven’s intimate Romance performed with outstanding violinist Natalia Harvey as soloist, this is quite simply a Classical feast.


Performers: Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Quartet with guest

Wherein lies the genius of Mozart? In his fifth quintet, it’s the harmony of oppositions: charm meets brio, the profound rubs shoulders the light-hearted. With boundless invention, Mozart finds perfect balance and makes perfection seem utterly effortless.

From its triumphant opening cello solo to its glistening finale, Brahms’ second string quintet is a opulent dose of lustrous, unabashed Romanticism. Surging forth with an ardour and warmth of humanity without equal, don’t miss this opportunity to catch the energy of this glorious masterpiece live.



Performers: Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Quartet

As the maxim says, those who know the rules are best placed to break them. Haydn, having co-authored the rule book for string quartets and the Classical style, throws convention aside in his daring G minor quartet. Rhythmic jokes, harmonic twists of the knife, and razor-sharp wit come together to give us Haydn at his best.

In 1876, afflicted by deafness, the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana wrote one of the most ambitious string quartets of the Romantic period, From My Life. A deeply personal statement, the quartet is imbued with the biographical vignettes of the title, from lively dances to heartfelt yearnings of mature love and tragedy. With Czech passion at the fore and virtuosic use of all the members of the quartet, this is a wonderful musical experience for new listeners and connoisseurs alike.


“Unbelievable. We were just blown away!” – Audience Member, Mildura 

“The MCO Virtuosi's rendition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons was the most interesting and exciting I have ever heard! The concert was superb. Thank you.” Audience members, Shepparton

“To hear the Four Seasons as if new, was quite an achievement by these young virtuosi.” Audience member, Albury

“It was a completely wonderful event: stylish music-making, commitment and strong communication from the performers” Audience member, Melbourne

Music brimming with inspiration, magic and discovery

21st Apr 2018

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Duration: 2hrs
Artform: Music
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