Annual orchestral concert broadcast live in Shepparton
The Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra will be giving their popular annual concert this Saturday, June 19, albeit in a modified format.
The orchestra’s 25th anniversary concert will be broadcast live from Riverlinks Eastbank, Shepparton without an audience as part of the 25th anniversary of the Shepparton Festival.
GVCO President Helen Rankin said orchestra members were excited to finally be able to perform their annual concert after a year of setbacks and delays caused by COVID-19 restrictions.
“COVID has presented many challenges to all of us,” Ms. Rankin said.
She said the presentation of the 2021 anniversary concert was “a work in progress.”
She said after the cancellation of the annual June concert last year, orchestra members were eagerly awaiting this year’s event and began rehearsals at Chapel on Maude in February.
However, last month’s lockdown once again plunged musicians into isolation, meaning three weeks of live rehearsals were lost.
Nonetheless, Ms. Rankin said, thanks to the practical support of individual members and the confidence of conductor Steve Sargant, the musicians were able to practice at home and feel confident in their performance.
“The orchestra is a capable band, a well-oiled machine, and we are delighted to still be able to perform for our benefactors and friends, albeit from afar. COVID has not defeated us, ”Ms. Rankin said.
She thanked Riverlinks for their technical support in delivering this weekend’s concert.
This year’s concert program includes a variety of pieces ranging from classical to contemporary and popular music, including that of John Williams Superman mars; a selection by Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera; the first and second movements of Dvorak Symphony No.9, and an original contemporary work by Shepparton composer Wade Gregory titled Five Dogs Suite.
The concert will be broadcast live on Saturday, June 19 from 2 p.m. on the Riverlinks website www.riverlinksvenues.com.au/gvco