Sydney's hidden gem, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) is a must see for lovers of first class music. The TMO is surely becoming one of Australia's most dynamic orchestras entertaining audiences with vibrant experiences showcasing high profile performers and the finest of music.
The Metropolitan Orchestra
Performing each month in varying Sydney hot spots, I attended their Mozart and Schumann Concert at The Eugene Goossens Hall in the ABC Centre, Ultimo on Saturday 8th March. A beautifully acoustic hall with most seats filled and an audience ready for a night of musical marvel.
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, returning from maternity leave, led her highly professional orchestra through Carl Vine's Pipe Dreams for Flute and Orchestra, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony no 31 "Paris" and Robert Schumann's Symphony no 3 "Rhenish" Opus 97.
Although I have an uneducated ear for the sounds of Mozart and Schumann I still found myself appreciating the expertise of the performers in front of me. Under the brightness of full light throughout the 2 hour performance I was mesmerised by the violinists sitting in the forefront and the precision of their finger work. I watched each musician in awe as they relied on their sheet music, eyes glued and ears alert to the perfect sounds around them. I marvelled at the enthusiastic, graceful body language of Sarah-Grace as she knew each ingredient to make Mozart's and Schumann's symphonies a perfect 'meal' for us to devour.
I left the evening floating, with a new appreciation for Mozart and Schumann and a greater understanding of the intricacies of an orchestra. The TMO truly know how to entertain their audience with accessible compositions, a bright, lively atmosphere and a warm family feel complete with familiar smiles and appreciative hugs between musicians, a presentation of flowers and the introduction of the newest addition to the TMO family, Sarah-Grace's baby.