Four concerts over two days will be broadcast live from the iconic Hamer Hall featuring a stellar line-up that includes Ensemble Liaison, the Melbourne Ensemble with MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop, violinist Wilma Smith and Friends plus MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell and pianist Kristian Chong.
The line-up has been curated by Melbourne Digital Concert Hall’s Co-Director Chris Howlett with the program ranging from joyous masterworks of Mozart, Beethoven to much-loved Melbourne composer Calvin Bowman, the sounds of South America and a world premiere by award winning composer John Novacek.
Arts Centre Melbourne’s support of the MDCH Hamer Hall Series continues the priority of supporting and providing opportunities for artists as we emerge from a difficult year for our industry.
“It’s an incredible feeling to welcome musicians back to our Hamer Hall stage made even more poignant as we mark 38 years since this magnificent venue opened,” said Arts Centre Melbourne CEO, Claire Spencer AM.
“This collaboration with Melbourne Digital Concert Hall will provide inspiration to our state and sector as we take each considered step towards re-opening.”
“Throughout the disruption during this year’s closure we have looked for opportunities to support as many artists as possible and this project provides even more opportunities for artists who cannot wait to get back on stage.”
“We’re thrilled to support Melbourne Digital Concert Hall who have assembled a world class line-up and we hope the re-introduction of events like this will be a pre-cursor for many more to come,” added Spencer
“The MDCH Hamer Hall Series is going to be four very special concerts,” said Melbourne Digital Concert Hall’s Co-Director Chris Howlett. “Arts Centre Melbourne has led the way throughout 2020 – evolving, being proactive and finding opportunities to give back to the community, artists and technicians.”
“When programming, I wanted to bring players together that would normally spend three nights a week performing on the fabulous stage of Hamer Hall, but also showcase the strength and resilience of Melbourne chamber and orchestral players.”
“The programs are uplifting and a celebration of the lights returning to this iconic venue,” added Howlett.
MDCH’s Hamer Hall Series takes place on 25 – 26 November 2020. For more information and full program, visit: www.melbournedigitalconcerthall.com for details.
Image: Melbourne Ensemble – photo by Theo Moustakas