There’s something luxurious about attending a recital on a weekend afternoon. The treat of an early lunch, the excitement of ice cream (or, these days, a glass of fizz…) at interval, and leaving the theatre while it’s still light outside. Such was the joy of attending a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra matinee performance at Hamer Hall on Saturday to hear violin soloist, Japanese-Canadian Karen Gomyo. She wielded her magical powers in a rendition of Saint-Saëns’ eloquent Third Violin Concerto and created the most beautiful tones on a violin older than modern Australia itself — a Stradivarius of 1703. Ms Gomyo wowed the audience in a regal purple Grecian gown with a heartfelt and dramatic performance.
The second half was a rendition of a very famous piece in classical music history: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Expertly conducted by one of the world’s most sought-after composers, Matthias Pintscherwhich, the piece is at times dramatic and flamboyant; at others, quiet and restrained. The combination of the top-notch acoustics of Hamer Hall and the effortless performance of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conveyed the depth of the piece. Listeners can expect to find themselves in a near hypnotic trance and ready to float out of the door into the rest of the weekend.
Jane Pendry is borderline obsessive about good food. Originally Scottish, she lived in London before leaving her job as a lawyer to pursue her passions for food, travel and writing. She can usually be found scouring Melbourne for top new eateries or sipping a long black while writing about career change and her own foodie adventures on her blog www.thelunchboxdiary.com. Follow Jane @lunch_box_diary.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 & Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 runs 23 May and 25 May at The Arts Centre. To find out about more and book tickets, visit the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra website. The venue is accessible.