Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Victoria’s flagship chamber music orchestra, MCO, will tour a suite of works across Victoria in 2018 ranging from Mozart to Vivaldi to French Aria’s.

French Arias
Greta Bradman, soprano; William Hennessy, director; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Praised by The Australian for its "rare warmth and timbral richness," Greta Bradman's luminous soprano is the ideal vehicle for lush songs by Debussy. It’s also the inspiration for new songs by Australia’s leading composer of music for voice, Calvin Bowman.

The second half of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary flowering in French music. Composers including Chausson, Debussy and Fauré transported audiences to previously unimagined worlds of sound, mysterious in their beauty and subtle charm. For this concert, we bring to life exquisite new arrangements of this iconic music, including Debussy’s Clair de lune and Chausson’s Poème

Mozart & The Classical Age
Anna Goldsworthy, piano; William Hennessy, director; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

For this program, we bring together three of the great Classical minds whose music epitomises the elegance, joy and clarity of this unmatched period of music history: Mozart, the young impresario taking Vienna by storm; Haydn, the father figure of the Classical period; and Kraus, the composer often called the “Swedish Mozart.”

Anna Goldsworthy enthralled audiences with her MCO debut in 2014 with her intensely satisfying performances of Mozart’s final piano concerto. For this concert, she joins the orchestra for two gems rarely heard on the Melbourne stage: Mozart’s sixth concerto, written at age 20, and the exuberant D major concerto of Haydn. 

From Venice to Madrid
Christoph Denoth, guitar; William Hennessy, director; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Described by Gramophone as “superb” and “a thoughtful musician of considerable taste and technical prowess”, Christoph Denoth is one of the world’s finest guitarists, renowned for his peerless musicality and expressive sensitivity.

In his Australian debut, Christoph joins MCO for a passionate celebration of life, love, music and dance through music of Spain and Italy, including Vivaldi’s much-loved Guitar Concerto and music of Albéniz, Boccherini & Granados. Full of regional colour, infectious rhythms, soaring melodies and heartfelt serenades, this is music to lift the spirits and transport you through time and place.

Vivaldi’s Violins
Sophie Rowell, violin; William Hennessy, director; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

A humble orphanage in Venice became home to a music academy and orchestra famous throughout Europe. Its young musicians were leading virtuosi of the day and feted well beyond Italy. Their leader was Antonio Vivaldi, who composed hundreds of violin concertos for his charges, including some of the most beloved music of the Baroque.

Leading violinist Sophie Rowell joins members of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a concert dedicated to some of the most spectacular of these concertos, including concerti for two and four violin soloists and the dazzling concerto Grosso Mogul.


“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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