Macquarie University's Macquarie Theatre was transformed into a symphony of sound on Sunday September 13 at 2.30pm, to the delight of a capacity crowd. The Balmain Sinfonia is a talented orchestra of seventy passionate musicians from all walks of life giving their valuable time and talent to bring the classics to the public.
The harmonies, the passion and the dedication of all bellowed out in cohesive time. From the complexity of the cello, french horns and bass to the wistful violins and clarinet. The crescendo of sounds transported the audience through waves of softness to the booms and bustle of the whole orchestra coming together with precision.
My guest and I were mesmerised by this concert, it was such a pleasant surprise to be entertained for two hours with Herold's Zampa Overture all lively and bright and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto of haunting melodies with fingers caressing the violins taking us on an emotional journey with the different movements. Finally Gade's Symphony No.5, which introduced the keyboard and the flying fingers of Katrina Choi. Honestly, I cannot say enough about how talented these musicians are, the hours of practise certainly shine through.
We were impressed with their class, their overwhelming feeling of love for the music and their beautifully cared-for instruments and, last but certainly not least, Gary Stavrou the conductor who commanded perfection from his accomplished and dedicated ensemble.
Classical music takes you to another place where your mind can sense the notes whilst infusing your body with the composure of the scene. Such is the strength of good classical music played with joy. Even if you're not strictly a classical music lover, spend an afternoon with this orchestra and you soon will be. Would I attend again? Definitely, I'm looking forward to the next concert in December.