Artistic Director Welcome

Melbourne Morning Masters 2021 is the most alluring scrapbook of the last 300 years of music history.

We kick off the year with a needed celebration, particularly in Melbourne: a Penny for two Partridges – a collaboration between members of two wonderful string quartets, Madeleine Jevons, Eunise Cheng and Daniel Smith, and pianist Adam McMillan – in some ravishing works for piano quartet, including one by Andrew Ford.

Arcadia Winds needs no introduction, though it’s terrific to have this ensemble back under Musica Viva’s wing in a typically probing and virtuosic program.

Grace Clifford is emerging from a long American apprenticeship as a soloist of real distinction; she here collaborates with her friend Laurence Matheson in gorgeous repertory.

Rachael Beesley is one of those musicians who loves to dismantle an antique clock just to see how it works; here she brings her immense knowledge and musicality to a lovely program – and with esteemed colleagues Natasha Kraemer and Simon Martyn-Ellis to boot!

And we finish the year with the virtuosic and imaginative violist Christopher Moore in concert with Caroline Almonte, performing one of the most wonderful pieces written for this combination, Britten’s Dowland fantasy, paired here with Alice Humphries’s subtle, subliminal response to it.

Viva 2021!

Paul Kildea

Melbourne Morning Masters is supported by Dixon Advisory.

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