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orchestra seventeen88 Second Annual Winter Festival

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by Mila Wood (subscribe)
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A rare classical concert and entertainment at its best

Music of any genre has always played an integral part our lives. Most mornings, we are usually awakened by the sound of music blaring from the radio. Listening to music causes the brain to release a chemical called dopamine, which is commonly known as the feel-good-chemical. Different cultures convey their stories through music as well. Be it blues, country, alternative, rock or grunge. I personally like classical and my affinity towards this anciently crafted music stems from my childhood.

Thus, my excitement was immense when I was given the opportunity to attend a classical concert. This rare event was presented by the "orchestra seventeen88" in conjunction with Second Annual Winter Festival.

"orchestra seventeen88" is the inspiration of four of Australia's most renowned musicians: conductor and educator Richard Gill OAM , violinist Rachael Beesley, clarinetist Nicole van Bruggen and conductor Benjamin Bayl. It has a stellar cast of musicians based in Australia who perform the finest 18th century music, bellowing tunes from period instruments such as Violins, Cellos, Double Bass, Flute, Oboes, Cabinet, Bassoon, Horns and Harpsichord.

This much-awaited event was held in the chapel of Santa Sabina College.

I was utterly mesmerised as I entered this place. Although it doesn't have the opulence of other Churches, the feeling of being on holy ground was overwhelming. The Chapel with its high ceiling, acoustically resonating in every corner, was outstanding.

The audience was primarily composed of the elderly, and a few young adults who I must say, looked every bit pleased with the performance, including my daughter, of whom had a smile each time we glanced at each other. The 2PM festival started with a chamber music recital featuring renditions of Felix Mendelssohn's (1809-1847) Sinfonia No.6 in Eb Major (1821-3) and Anton Reicha's (1770-1836) Octet in Eb Major Op.96 (1807). The sound was electrifying. It was followed by a mesmerising talk by the Artistic Director Richard Gill OAM of whom I had the honour to meet.

He delivered an entertaining and quite informative talk, emphasising that "orchestra seventeen88" is not only a world class ensemble, but also has an unwavering commitment to education. Then there was a brief break with tea and coffee served in the gardens, which gave the audience a chance to mingle and socialise with each other.

The program continued with the orchestral concert and the audience were enthralled with renditions of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's (1756-1791) Symphony No.17 in G major K 129 (1772) and Oboe Concerto in C major K 314 (1777) with Soloist Emma Black and Joseph Haydn's (1732-1809) Symphony No. 62 in D major (1780/1). The performance definitely warranted a standing ovation.

The magnificent "orchestra seventeen88" will continue to deliver the best quality musical performances with a Classical and Romantic repertoire, aiming to inspire, educate and enlighten audiences. To find out about upcoming events, click here.

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Where: Santa Sabina College
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