This magnificent concert was part of the Prelude in Tea series and featured the wonderful Cellists of The Metropolitan Orchestra (John Benz , Ezmi Pepper , Caroline Hobbs ,Paul Taylor, Steve Meyer , Zenith Chae , Julienne Guerbois and Nick McManus ) making their much awaited North Sydney debut .
We heard nine wonderful short pieces which included both Baroque classics and more contemporary works as well as pop favourites in striking arrangements for the octet .The eight cellists obviously had great empathy and rapport, concentrated intensely on each other and the music and had a delightful time playing together.
The TMO’s Met Concert #1 was stunning! This first concert in the 2015 season contained a challenging programme of very well-known works from the Baroque and Classical eras. These challenges were met by the soloists, orchestra and conductor Sarah-Grace Williams with discipline, energy, artistry and genuine enthusiastic music-making. If this concert is an indication of what is to emerge from TMO in 2015, then its audiences are in for quite a year.
As in many previous Met Concert series, the format included works highlighting one of the orchestra’s principals and also a guest artist. TMO strings were showcased in both chamber music and string orchestra contexts. The string orchestra was augmented and inspired by the talented Australian violinist Lisa Stewart.
TMO Principal Clarinetist Andrew Doyle presented us with a fine Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K 581 with well-balanced playing from the TMO’s string quartet featuring Nataliya Lukich, Christina Ong, Luke Spicer and Steve Meyer. Continue reading Met Concert #1 @ Eugene Goossens Hall→
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