Musica Viva returns to the stage in WA this month with a string of WA talents to replace tours of national and international stars cancelled in the pandemic.
Reconnect WA is a locally driven initiative bringing chamber music to Government House Ballroom, as State manager Fiona Campbell explains.
“When Government House commenced the ‘Restart the Arts’ initiative we decided it would be a perfect opportunity to come together to enjoy live music, some delicious food organised by the chef at Government House, free wine tasting with our partners Cullen Wines and most importantly support local musicians,” she says.
“The program starts with a single movement from Bach’s solo cello suites, reflecting the isolation so many of us have dealt with this year, followed by beautiful Nordic folk Tunes performed by emerging artists, and finishing with a complete and exuberant Mozart Trio.”
The program on October 10 supplements an online offering which continues tonight with pianist Bernadette Harvey playing Australian composer David Hollier’s Second Sonatina, Chopin Selections from Études, and Kevin Puts’ Alternating Current. Tickets from $5 are at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s also a prelude to a return to the Perth Concert Hall next month, following in the footsteps of WA Symphony Orchestra, which resumes full orchestral concerts tonight.
WA Ballet returned to His Majesty’s Theatre last month and WA Opera follows this weekend.
“We have been so lucky here in WA to miss the worst of the COVID crisis in many ways,” Campbell says. “But for my industry, musicians and the live performance sector, it has been and continues to be devastating. The generosity of the Governor and Ms Annus to offer the ballroom in this way has literally been a life saver.
“Their Restart the Arts initiative has given tremendous practical and moral support to artists and arts organisations over many months now. To witness artists and audiences literally in tears experiencing the joy of live music again after months of nothing, has been enough to restart many hearts and minds. The gift they have given to artists and the city is immeasurable.”
Nine-tenths of the iceberg for Musica Viva is its schools programs, which have continued online.
“They are livestreamed, still fully interactive and engaging performances delivering all the excitement and creativity that enriches a child’s wellbeing,” Campbell says.
“This has been accompanied with comprehensive online resources and content for teachers and students alike. We’ve had the most incredible response from teachers all over the country thanking us for being such lifesavers!”
Details are at https://musicaviva.com.au/education/
The reduced offering has left the organisation’s 75th anniversary lacking the major celebration that was planned, but Campbell says audiences should make the most of what is available.
“The best way they can support artists at the moment is to buy tickets to these events and perhaps even bring a friend who has never experienced the joy of live music before,” she says.
The October 10 program is Bach Cello Suite No.6 – Allemande; Traditional Nordic Folks Tunes arranged for String Quartet “ Wood Works”; Mozart’s Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat major; and Bruch’s Rumänische Melodie from Eight Pieces for Clarinet Viola and Piano.
Artists are Miranda Murray-Yong on cello, the Alchemy Art Quartet, pianist Anna Sleptsova, Katie McKay on viola, and Ashley Smith on clarinet.
More at https://musicaviva.com.au/reconnect-wa/