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Classical music fans in regional areas need no longer worry about the lack of events in their areas.
Classical goes regional
Regional fans of classical music need not despair, classical music is spreading outside of the capitals thanks to a number of initiatives announced this month to enliven audiences living off the beaten track. MCO tours Victoria The results of the recent Touring Victoria 2012 funding round are in, and two prominent classical organisations have been funded for bold projects to tour regional Victoria. ‘Winter’, by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and ‘Infinite Space’ by the Melbourne Ballet Company are two from five organisations that have received regional grants. In a statement by Director of Regional Arts Victoria Lindy Allen, she notes, “Touring Victoria support is essential to making regional tours viable, and brings the arts to communities that need it most… This commitment from the Victorian Government represents a significant economic investment - the flow on effects to regional communities and Victorian artists are sure to be huge.” Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra broadcast in regional WA The State Government are supporting a live simulcast of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s September performance at Perth Concert Hall to regional Western Australia. The performance will feature Schubert’s unfinished symphony; Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn featuring Baritone Matthias Goerne; and Beethoven’s Symphony No.8. Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said regional communities would be able to enjoy this world-class concert, free of charge, at one of 12 venues across the State via the Westlink network, using high quality video and audio technology. “The broadcast will be run in real time so patrons viewing the performance in the regions enjoy the full concert experience including the orchestra arriving on stage and being able to purchase programs, food and beverages at their venue,” Mr Grylls said. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said “To have this famous orchestra performing in Perth will undoubtedly be a highlight of WA’s cultural calendar.” The performance will be at 7.40pm on Friday 30 September and broadcast simultaneously into the regions. Find the broadcast nearest you on the website. Opera on the move Opera Australia’s touring arm Ozopera will take a fully-staged new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to venues around NSW and Queensland in 2012. The production will be directed by Australian playwright and director Michael Gow and stars Luke Gabbedy and Samuel Dundas as the womanising Don. Oz opera have also announced they will continue their annual program of primary school performances, taking live opera to primary schools across NSW and Victoria. Each year the hard-working Oz Opera school company plays to up to 80,000 children. In 2012 NSW schools will see a 50 minute adaption of Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Victoria Schools will see a 50-minute adaption of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Watch: The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

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