Resonance Senior Strings & Quartet Conspirito in concert

Resonance Senior Strings, the exciting extension program of the Macedon Ranges’ much loved Resonance String Orchestra, is joining forces with Quartet Conspirito (Sasha Bronshtein, Heather Cummins, Emma Wade and Sam Goble) to present a sublime selection of works including baroque concerti, selections from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18 No 3. in D major, and Mendelssohn’s extraordinary final string quartet in F Minor, written just two months before his death. 

This concert will feature four soloists presenting concerti. For secondary students Una Mitchell and Morgen Mackay this will be their inaugural solo appearance with the orchestra, performing the Vivaldi double violin concerto in A minor. Adult members Beata Urbaniak and Mae Smith will present Telemann’s enchanting viola concerto in G Major.  An appearance will also be made by members of the Resonance String Orchestra main ensemble.A delicious afternoon tea will be provided. Please come and enjoy this intimate performance in the gallery space of the Cope Williams Estate. 

Saturday 2nd December, 2.30pm $20/$15

Booking essential, www.trybooking.com/SRQI 

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Soundscapes of our lives: exploring music in film from 1940s to the present

A viewing of a Catalyst episode on music and its restorative role in Aged Care settings (particularly with reference to the therapeutic use of ‘personalised playlists’ in stimulating and supporting aged care residents) kick-started the idea for our 2017 project. It is not news to those in the music making and music teaching game that music is a powerful tool for creating social cohesion. Creating and listening to music is responsible for the release of the “happiness” chemical, oxytocin, in the brain. We firmly believe in the power of music to stimulate the brain and relieve feelings of stress, boredom and isolation, all of which can be felt by individuals living in aged care environments. But the Catalyst viewing also generated some other questions for us:

What are the sound tracks of our students’ lives? In a community orchestra where participants’ ages range from 10 – 50 odd, what is the common ground? And more importantly, when we look to the community around us, what are the songs and musical works with which people connect most profoundly?

 

In 2017, Resonance aims to explore these ideas in a project with Woodend BUPA Aged Care Facility. Taking as our springboard requests from our youngest students to "play some cool songs from movies!”, our goal for 2017 has been to explore the intersections between popular culture and art. Starting with repertoire from 'the golden age of cinema', and working through to works used in contemporary films, we are exploring music that spans the decades of the Aged Care residents and our participants' lives, under the expert tuition of guest artist cellist Zoe Knighton, of the acclaimed Flinders Quartet.  

 

One of the main aims of our project is to afford residents of Woodend Aged Care the opportunity to be involved in seeing the development of a program of works over a number of performances, and to participate in a series of interviews with Resonance students about their experiences of our performances, and about the role of music in their lives more generally. If relevant material is collected from the interviews, with permission, this may be woven into our public performance of the repertoire at a concluding concert.

 

The first performance and set of interviews has been conducted and already the experience has given our students some insight into lives where music was the main form of entertainment at social gatherings, creating significant memories that last a lifetime.  

This project will culminate in a public concert at Mary Maloney theatre, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton on Sunday September 10, 2017. 

 

Musical Bodies - 8 weeks to go!

Resonance String Orchestra and Travel Art Dance Company present "Musical Bodies"

Music and dance enthusiasts alike are in for a treat this September when  Resonance String Orchestra join forces with eclectic troupe Travel Art Dance Company to present 'Musical Bodies' -  works by Jenkins, Tiersen, Mendelssohn, Bartok and Brahms performed with creative improvisation in a fresh, dynamic fusion of sound and movement.

Resonance will accompany the Travel Art dancers as they perform choreographed and improvised dance works. Travel Art brings together dancers from diverse backgrounds, including contemporary dance, classical ballet, improvisation, creative dance, yoga, gymnastics, circus and martial arts. Their engaging and thought-provoking performance style will be illuminated against the backdrop of works by classical and contemporary composers, brought to life by the luscious sounds of Resonance String Orchestra, the Resonance Senior Strings and Quartet Conspirito.

Booking for "Musical Bodies" open soon. The performance will be held in the Mary Maloney Theatre, Sacred Heart College Kyneton on Sunday 11th September. 

Tickets $20/$15 www.trybooking.com/LYLF  or phone Kelly 0412 420 146

 

The Year Ahead

"Musical Bodies"- 2016 Orchestral Project

This year will again see us exploring new territory in a collaboration with Travel Art Dance Company. The project, entitled "Musical Bodies", will culminate in a live public concert in which Resonance will perform a program of fabulous works (see the links below for a taster!) with choreographed and improvised dance works performed to our accompaniment by the Travel Art dancers. The dancers' backgrounds include contemporary dance, classical ballet, improvisation, creative dance, yoga, gymnastics, circus and martial arts. Expect a visual and aural feast. 

"Musical Bodies" will take place at 3pm on September 11, 2016 at the Kyneton Town Hall. Here are some of the musical works we'll be exploring:

 

"Messiah" - Resonance String Orchestra, Resonance Senior Strings and the Gisborne Singers

The Gisborne Singers www.gisbornesingers.org.au

The Gisborne Singers www.gisbornesingers.org.au

In November, we will be joining forces with the Gisborne Singers to present Handel's masterpiece "Messiah". Performance dates are November 20 and 27.

Booking links for all concerts will be available on this website closer to the dates.