New program and personnel prove a gamechanger for Musica Viva

Musica Viva's renewal after COVID offers a tantalising program of collaborations and new directions.

Musica Viva Australia is a foundation story, an organisation that was effectively created by Jewish refugees who came to Australia after the Second World War.

Missing the musical culture they had left behind in Europe, they sought to create opportunities for music here. This involved setting up volunteer committees across the country that could then assist in identifying musicians and putting on concerts.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.