The Newcastle Youth Orchestra served up their first concert of the year at the Civic Theatre this past weekend – and what a cultural feast it was.
After regularly getting to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra during my time in Melbourne – I must say I feel a bit spoiled. I’m happy to say I was left thoroughly impressed by the standard and direction of the Orchestra.
The Narrator, Captain James Laundon kept the Dr. Seuss themed journey on track as the music weaved its’ way through some of the world’s most iconic and enduring classics. The Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor Jack Machin, played the selection – which included Brahms, Saint-Saens and Bizet – energetically and faithfully.
Regularly stealing the show were the oversized dancing puppets, which ranged from A duelling Bull and Torriodor to giant instruments which towered over the actual players and enhanced the playful atmosphere.
The stand out highlight for me was Czardas by Monti with a stunning lead violin played by Miranda Arraghi, which left me genuinely moved. This was followed closely by the Irish “Lord of the Dance” which featured an hilarious cameo from an adorable googly eyed dancing Leprechaun.
The mood in the theatre was electric. The engagement of the audience was measured by the laughter of the children, and by the broad smiles worn by the adults in the audience.
NYO’s “The Places You’ll Go” was a rich introduction to the world of classical music for children and parents alike, and it was clear from the expressions on the faces of the Orchestra that the event was as much fun for them, as it was for the rest of us.
Newcastle Youth Orchestra will be touring the regional areas of NSW in June – and you can find tickets here.
Ryan Burrett is a contributor to Newcastle Live. If you would like to contribute a review, article or any other form of media please email email@example.com
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