The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s collaborations with four Melbourne ensembles are now being released as exclusive MSO Live recordings across November on the MSO.LIVE digital platform.
These specially recorded MSO performances from Evergreen Ensemble, Inventi Ensemble, Partridge and Penny and the Melbourne Ensemble were recorded in between lockdowns without audiences.
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For now, however, MSO Managing Director, Sophie Galaise is heralding the success of these COVID collabs, saying how they’re integral to the platform’s success and vision to support and promote Australian artists.
“As a major performing arts organisation residing in the city hit hardest by COVID, the MSO recognises that rebuilding the health, vibrancy, and resilience of Melbourne’s artistic ecosystem is paramount, requiring increased collaboration, joint advocacy and resource-sharing across the Arts sector,” Galaise said.
“MSO.LIVE has allowed us to expand our reach beyond the physical performance spaces into the digital and virtual realms and to share beautiful music with audiences here at home or across the globe.”
Each Wednesday in November a new concert will be released:
- Now playing: MSO Presents: Evergreen Ensemble in Scotland’s Tenducci
- Now playing: Melbourne Ensemble at the Salon
- 17 November: MSO Presents: Inventi Ensemble’s Scheherazade
- 24 November: MSO Presents: Partridge x Penny
When engaging each ensemble for their MSO.LIVE debut, the MSO has offered full ownership in the recordings to its impressive array of collaborators. This way the recordings may come to enjoy a future life beyond MSO.LIVE as well.
Evergreen Ensemble Artistic Director Shane Lestideau said the players were grateful for the opportunity to create these concerts.
”The past two years have been a performance ‘desert’ for us – just as they have been for so many in the Australian arts sector under Covid-19 restrictions, “said Lestideau.
“We took this performance as a chance to satisfy our thirst for creativity and live music-making. We’re honoured to be a part of the MSO.LIVE digital concert series and hope that our performance makes an enjoyable addition to your 2021 viewing. To be gifted the recording for our digital library is something we could not have achieved without the support of the MSO.”
For more information about each performance, head to the MSO website here.