Epic orchestral performance | Midland Express

Some of the members of the Resonance String Orchestra, made up of 50 musicians, before their live concert at Castlemaine town hall on Saturday.

This Saturday is special for Resonance String Orchestra because it delivers Epic, his first live show on Mount Alexander Shire at Castlemaine Town Hall.

Led by artistic patron Zoe Knighton of Victoria’s famous Flinders Quartet, the 50-piece community string orchestra includes adult and junior members who live in the Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shire areas.

“It’s an exciting year for us as we have expanded our group from Woodend to Castlemaine,” said Jasmin McFarlane, orchestra member and orchestra second violin. Express before the concert on Saturday.

The 3 p.m. morning performance at City Hall is a highly anticipated event, not only because it represents a way out of lockdown for the musicians, but also because it brings together the respective Woodd and Castlemaine-based chapters for playing in public for the first time.

“I think everyone in the orchestra is incredibly excited about the concert, and having been able to perform together in person again over the past few weeks has been so uplifting – a much needed morale booster,” said McFarlane, including 11- one-year-old girl also plays the violin in the orchestra.

“Having said that, it’s amazing how well we’ve stayed together over the past two years, with a lot of Zoom rehearsals, especially last year.

“The weekly rehearsals are definitely a highlight of my week, and even until last year, the Zoom sessions served to give us a sense of normalcy amid all the uncertainties.

“We missed our normal annual concert last year, although we had a Zoom concert.

“So this year’s concert will be special for many reasons. It is a celebration of this amazing organization and the people who lead and support it.

“We can’t wait to perform in front of a real audience.

“We have a truly epic repertoire for this concert and our amazing artistic patron Zoe Knighton of the Flinders Quartet will be performing as well.”

The program features works by Vaughan Williams, Respighi, Warlock, Goltermann, Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Bartok and more.

Reservations for Saturday’s concert will open online tomorrow, November 24, via TryBooking with in-person tickets available subject to easing restrictions, and in-person attendance will require a full vaccination for COVID-19.

The concert is supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council, Castlemaine Secondary College and Woodend Neighborhood House with inquiries via the Resonance String Orchestra Facebook page.

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