DESPITE being in the middle of an icy winter, Orange is set to experience all four seasons in one afternoon when the Bathurst Chamber Orchestra converges on Orange’s Holy Trinity Church next month.
The Bathurst Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble of the Mitchell Conservatorium comprising professionals, tertiary music students and gifted amateur players, will draw on the summer sun, autumn leaves, spring flowers and winter frosts when it performs Vivaldi’s most celebrated piece, The Four Seasons.
The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s best-known work, containing four concertos each with specific textures - La primavera (spring), L’estate (summer), L’autunno (autumn) and L’inverno (winter) - and is among the most popular pieces in the classical music repertoire.
Mitchell Conservatorium executive director Graham Sattler said the performance was set to be a hit, and would take advantage of the “magnificent acoustics” at Holy Trinity Church.
“It really is just a wonderful venue for something like this, the acoustics especially are magnificent, and it is a very intimate place to play,” Mr Sattler said.
“[Musical director and soloist in all four concertos] Andrew Baker has just transformed the orchestra since he came to town in 2005. We were a good group already, but he has really lifted us to the next level, and this show is the first step in touring a wider area.
“It was actually a request that we play in Orange, which is wonderful. People may think they don’t know The Four Seasons, but it is actually a very recognisable, energetic piece.
“Essentially it is pop music from the 18th century. We’re very excited about the performance.”
Bathurst Chamber Orchestra will perform at Holy Trinity on Saturday, August 16 at 2.30pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for concession and school-age children are free.