Music and the City should be very proud and happy with their Australian debut event.
The format of the event was carefully planned to offer something for everyone.
Guests gathered at the trendy Smart Artz Gallery for drinks, and then a half hour performance of light but well performed classics from Katrine Tsyrlin’s string quartet set the mood for the evening. The amateur musicians in attendance then set up and began rehearsal of the first movement of Haydn’s London Symphony while guests mingled at the bar or checked out the art work. Following the half hour rehearsal the ‘pop up orchestra’ gave their performance to the appreciative audience. Inspired by their performance many members of the orchestra then sought out a space in the gallery and took the opportunity to play some chamber music. Guests mingled and chatted with performers and a few more drinks were consumed.
Several factors contributed to the success of this event. Clare Barrins’ choice of the Smart Artz gallery was a wise one. It’s centrally located and is an inviting venue that allows flexibility within the space. The online registration process for the orchestra worked well, as the group was pretty well balanced. The conductor, Mario Dobernig, was perfect for the task; He obviously knew the work well and was clear and expressive in his direction without being too demanding. Most importantly the performance was good! I certainly left the night humming Haydn and wishing I had taken along my flute.
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