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MCO Touring Season 2019
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
“…pursued greatness with determination and confidence…” The Australian
A performance by MCO conjures both the intimacy and detail of chamber music and the grandeur and spectacle of orchestral music. MCO reinvents itself as a string octet, a string orchestra and a mini-symphony, curating an eclectic selection of music from the last half millennium for the enjoyment of thousands of attendees each year. The orchestra commissions significant new work each year to take our art into the future. The orchestra will offer up to four orchestral and two chamber programs from its Melbourne season for the enjoyment of Victorian audiences. NB Orchestral concerts are two hours including a 20-minute interval. Chamber music concerts may be shorter; around one hour no interval.
History & background
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra creates powerful, local fine music experiences to inspire Victorians wherever they are. It gathers the state’s most exciting chamber musicians to create music with uncompromising artistic quality, impressive finesse and extraordinary passion. Touring is the heart of the orchestra’s work; each year MCO ensembles bring joy to thousands of Victorians in cities and towns across the state, with 24 touring performances in 2017. In conjunction with its touring, the orchestra offers education programs to provide opportunities for young musicians to reach their full potential.
Marketing selling points
• an evening of inspiring and beautiful music making • a unique cultural experience to touch the heart • opportunity to hear live orchestral music in your community, with music by the most famous composers • hear Victoria’s pre-eminent chamber musicians and one of Australia’s most respected professional orchestras • MCO’s unique, approachable style is enjoyable for both newcomers and experienced concert-goers.
Key audience and marketing notes
Classical music lovers, classical music interested, newcomers, schools, families. Broad age demographic, does particularly well with baby boomers and older. Young people learning a musical instrument. The experience of seeing live classical music offers the opportunity to witness breathtaking skill and to be fully immersed in some of the most beautiful music ever written. We are able to bring these opportunities to centres around the state, bringing unforgettable musical encounters in close proximity to communities state wide.
Community Engagement activities
Community engagement activities are available by negotiation between MCO and the venue. Activities may or may not be possible due to the touring schedule. We have offered engagement activities including masterclasses, pre-concert talks, soloist talks, student workshops, meet the artists, etc.
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|Theatre formats||most formats are possible. Steeply raked stages may pose some problems.|
|Bump in (hours)||4|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
• Standard orchestral wash that covers full width of orchestra. Musicians should be well-lit whilst avoiding light shining directly in their eyes. Music should be sufficiently well-lit for ease of reading which may require lights above or behind the performers. See stage plan as a guide to where players will be standing. • The ability to provide some coloured lighting and specials is ideal but not required.
To be provided by the Presenter: • Hand-held mike is usually required for announcements/introductions from the stage • Instruments required: Grand piano may be required, depending on repertoire
To be provided by the Presenter: • Ideally the venue will provide at least 12 matching music stands, although MCO players can bring their own if required. At least 4 matching chairs for cellists, without arms (straight back, flat seat).
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 9||Height: 0|
|Depth: 6||Wing space: 0|
Lighting: • Performance Lighting Crew: 1 crew x 5 hrs Notes: to cover seating call (rehearsal) and performance Audio: • Performance Audio Crew: 1 crew x 5 hrs Notes: to cover seating call and performance, however may also be covered by lighting operator Staging: • Bump-in Staging Crew: 1 crew x 1 hrs Notes: Technical assistance required during bump-in and bump-out for basic setup (in particular unloading and lifting of harpsichord/chamber organ). As the orchestra only has one hour of rehearsal on stage, it's important that a lighting operator is readily available during this period. • Bump-out Staging Crew: 1 crew x 1 hrs • Performance Staging Crew: 1 crew x 5 hrs Note: events with a piano, harpsichord or other instrument that needs to be tuned in the space will extend the amount of time required for bump in.
All instruments other than harpsichord/chamber organ, are freighted by bus with the orchestra. Harpsichord/chamber organ, when used, is freighted in a separate van/station wagon, which is organised by the orchestra.