Humble woodwind instrument. Nimble harmonies, soothing timbre. Truly transformative. One of the first tools ever created, enthralling generations for time immemorial. Flute chiseled from a bear's thighbone, to the latest Yamaha clarinet; both individually and collectively, producing mystical, musical poetry. Enduring allure, attributable to their intangible spirit, as they touch the deepest of emotions. From Stephen Sondheim's classic 'Send in the Clowns', to John Williams' 'Catch Me If You Can', to Helen Grime's 2013 'Near Midnight', the magic of woodwind is timeless.
Formed in 1969, Orchestra Victoria has proven itself a linchpin. Not only for musicians, but the entire country's orchestra and performing arts scenes. One of two national fulltime pit orchestras (other being the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra based at the Sydney Opera House), this Australian Ballet subsidiary cooperatively supports national opera and ballet. Now in it's fifth decade, performing in venues such as Melbourne Recital Centre, all the way to regional concert halls. Whilst routinely collaborating with parent company The Australian Ballet, plus Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, and The Production Company.
The 'Five at 5: To the Four Winds' chamber concert comprises a woodwind ensemble from this very orchestra. Hosting at their lavish lakeside location, a fancy affair to indulge one and all. With an expansive range of styles/genres, and repertoire roaming three centuries and various continents, rich array of compositions to relish. So come along and be dazzled, by Orchestra Victoria's heart-warming, foot-tapping, entirely FREE early evening program.