We attended Musica Viva’s Rising Stars chamber concert in the Vivid light filled Rocks of Sydney. In a building that used to house a bank and will soon be a bar, a pop up gallery supplied the perfect venue for chamber music.
There was a lightness and joy that permeated the performance. The girls exchanged the occasional cheeky glance as if to say ‘lets not stuff this bit up’. The performance was not perfect but it was real, raw and organic. It was punctuated by the roaring of the George street buses, police cars and the occasional over eager motorcyclist. This some how magically added to this spirited and joy filled performance.
We started with Mozart, then visited the Australian bush with Sculthorpe and ended with a Janacek. As I am passionate about supporting living composers, I was thrilled to see a living composer on the program (Sculthorpe).
In a way this performance sums up everything classikON is all about. New performers playing a variety of music that we haven’t heard hundreds of times before in an unconventional space to a new audience.
These young vibrant performers came out and thanked us all for attending and partook in a glass of wine with the appreciative audience. It’s hard to believe that tickets were only $5 and I’d say that no one asked for their money back!
I will be keeping my eye on this group and will go out of my way to see them in the future. Make sure you get to the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney on Friday 20 July at 7.00pm to see the same program, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Musica Viva is dedicated to developing chamber music
The portrait in the background is of Goran Bregovic (musician) and taken by Shane Rozario
The light instillation in seen reflected in the photo is station 38 of Vivid Light Festival
The venue was managed by The Rocks Pop Up