Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to open 2022 season at Melbourne Recital Centre
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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to open 2022 season at Melbourne Recital Centre

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will launch their 2022 season at Melbourne Recital Centre with 'Paradisum' between February 24-27.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra specialises in celebrating the music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and this month they’ll bring their new performance of Paradisum to Melbourne audiences, featuring a special performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and a pasticcio of works by French Baroque masters including Lully and Rameau.

Promising a more intimate performance as the orchestra departs the baroque period, Paradisum will take audiences on a journey to Paris of the Belle Époque, dating back to 1889. 

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The Brandenburg will perform on instruments from this period, with eight violas led by Monique O’Dea, four cellos and just a single violin played by Concertmaster Shaun Lee Chen. Bonnie de la Hunty will sing the soprano solo while Hayden Barrington will sing his first baritone solo with the Brandenburg. The ensemble will also feature five young singers, who have been mentored by the orchestra and will be performing for the first time.

Co-founder and Artistic Director Paul Dyer said: “Our 2022 live season begins with Paradisum, a musical trip to the chic Paris of La Belle Époque. Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem is one of the most loved choral works ever written and we will be performing the stunning 1889 version on period instruments with the Brandenburg Choir.”

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 2022 season dates

Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne

Thu, 24 February, 7PM
Sat, 26 February, 7PM
Sun, 27 February, 5PM

City Recital Hall, Sydney

Wed, 2 March, 7PM
Fri, 4 March, 7PM
Sat, 5 March, 2PM
Sat, 5 March, 7PM
Wed, 9 March, 7PM
Fri, 11 March, 7PM

Program highlights:

Fauré Requiem, Op. 48 (1889 version)
Paul Dyer’s pasticcio of works by French Baroque masters including Lully and Rameau.

Further information can be found HERE.