A performance by Melbourne Chamber Orchestra reflects the city’s independent spirit and distinctive cultural identity. Under the artistic direction of legendary Australian violinist William Hennessy, the orchestra captivates audiences with its world-class artistry, dynamic stage presence and stimulating programming from the vast chamber music repertoire.
Founded in 1995 as Australia Pro Arte Orchestra, MCO has a core of string players drawn from Melbourne’s outstanding community of orchestral artists. The orchestra presents an annual series of concerts in the world-renowned acoustic environment of the Melbourne Recital Centre. Recent highlights included performing in the world premiere of Deborah Cheetham’s Indigenous opera Pecan Summer and a festival conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.
With a particular focus on being an agile, regional orchestra for all Victorians, MCO delights audiences outside central Melbourne with its regular touring and series in metropolitan and regional locations. The orchestra has performed over 50 concerts outside Melbourne since 2008. MCO also offers an innovative Regional Advanced Strings Education Program in selected Victorian centres. For more on Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, visit their website.