Melbourne Symphony Orchestra MPavilion Recital

12 December 2016

"Emotions of any kind can be evoked by melody and rhythm, therefore music has the power to form character." Aristotle (384-322 BC). Teaming up, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) performed at the Hellenic Museum as part of the Melbourne MPavilion’s ‘Architecture in the City’ event.

Hosted in the stunning 2014 MPavilion, designed by Australian architect Sean Godsell, in the beautiful grounds of the Hellenic Museum, the MSO transported an audience to another time.

In celebration of the MSOs 110th anniversary and forming part of MPavilion’s architecturally themed events, this formed one of a series of free musical performances around the city, including at the current and 2015 MPavilions in Queen Victoria Gardens and Docklands.  MPavilion, the MSO and the Hellenic Museum created an ideal way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon. Audiences navigated between three significant structures, taken to another world through the music of Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and more.

The one-off Museum recital featured the MSO string and oboe quartet. Kathryn Taylor and Rachel Homburg were both on violin, Miranda Brockman on cello and Michael Pisani on oboe. The quartet presented a selection of works from the Classical period, starting with Telemann’s Trio Sonata in E Minor (four movements) and Mozart’s Adagio for Cor Anglais, before moving through to the Romantics, Borodin’s String Trio in G major (first movement) (Allegro), and Beethoven’s Trio for Oboe, Violin and Cello. The audience spilled out of the MPavilion into the garden to hear. It was an evocative and soothing afternoon, relaxing to their music in the garden surrounds.

A free audio tour by Emma Telfer, director of Open House Melbourne was (and still is) available for download. ‘Past, Past and Present’: An Audio Tour Between all 3 MPavilions covers the 2014, 2015 and 2016 iterations of the MPavilion, while also encompassing Melbourne’s architectural heritage and providing insight into the buildings, sculpture and locales in terms of each MPavilion.

Special guest speaker, Dr. Andrew Jamieson, senior lecturer and curator of classics and archaeology at the University of Melbourne followed the Hellenic Museum recital. Dr. Jamieson presented an engaging, spirited talk on classical Greek architectural influences throughout Melbourne, highlighting how resonant the past is in our present.

This was an engaging day of cultural, architectural and musical highlights that fed the mind and the soul. If you missed out this year, don’t worry, the Hellenic Museum has open doors until 23rd December (re-opening 3rd January).