Cavatina (Melbourne Digital Concert Hall)
Medals are expected to go to Chris Howlett and Adele Schonhardt, co-directors of the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. When many in the arts industry (rightly) despaired of what COVID-19 has done to their industry, these two met it head-on and created an outlet for musicians to pursue their craft. and pay the extra rent.
Howlett and Schonhardt secured a concert venue, the Athenaeum Theater in Melbourne, and a host of sponsors and donors, and put musicians on stage to perform live concerts. The ‘audience’ buys ‘tickets’ to watch the concerts on ‘devices’, and all proceeds from ticket sales go to the performers. Howlett says that since they began in late March 2020, the concerts have raised over $400,000.
Howlett very kindly and informatively introduced the concert and the musicians – six members of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, founded by the late Richard Gill, but would benefit from developing his microphone technique to lose the “pop”. The ensemble included two violins, two violas, a cello and a double bass, led by concertmaster Rachael Beesley.
The concert featured a thoughtful and enchanting program of five works….
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