In 2019, Melbourne Recital Centre celebrates 10 years of great music with our wonderful artists. Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Paul Dyer reflects on 10 years of great music with the Centre as a Key Presenting Partner.
Over 10 years there have been many fabulous and creative people at the Centre who’ve shaped our performances for Melbourne audiences. The spectacular Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is ideal for the period instruments of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the pure voices of the Brandenburg Choir.
When we performed at the Centre’s opening concert 10 years ago with soprano Cyndia Sieden, she sang the Mozart aria ‘Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!’ which requires the soprano and oboe to play extremely high and extremely quietly
Cyndia had performed this aria in some of the major concert halls of the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and I remember she remarked how perfect and special it was for her to sing it on the Melbourne Recital Centre stage.
I always like to greet people at the start of the concert to make them feel comfortable and share my thoughts on what they’re about to hear. It enables me to connect in a very genuine way with the community of Melbourne – I really love it.
I think it is interesting and beautiful synchronicity that we both celebrate milestones in 2019 – the Brandenburg’s 30th birthday and the Centre’s 10th. The first series for our 30th Anniversary year in March 2019 will celebrate J.S. Bach, after whose Brandenburg Concertos I named the orchestra, and I’m super excited to launch the year performing the concertos in this stunning hall.