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Fremantle Chamber Orchestra bringing classics to St Francis Cathedral

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
The Fremantle Chamber Orchestra promises a night for classics fans and newcomers alike.
Camera IconThe Fremantle Chamber Orchestra promises a night for classics fans and newcomers alike. Credit: Fremantle Chamber Orchestra/Facebook/Facebook

One of Western Australia’s best orchestras, the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, will again be performing at St Francis Xavier Cathedral for one special night.

The show, titled Music to Love, will see the orchestra playing the works of some of classical music’s greatest composers, with music from Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Marcello and Albinoni.

“Its something that will appeal to those who love classical music and those who have never listened to it,” promised the orchestra’s director, Hans Hug.

“We want to take our listeners on a rich, emotional journey.

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“So we crafted a special program with the magic Adagio from Bach’s E Major Violin Concerto, a charming Vivaldi Sinfonia, the romantic Elegie by Tchaikovsky, Svendsen’s intimate Romance and more.”

The orchestra performed in Geraldton last year for the first time as part of the Shore Leave Festival, and played to a sold-out crowd.

Reception from Geraldton classic lovers was so positive that the orchestra decided to return, according to Mr Hug.

“Response was very enthusiastic and people were thrilled,” he said.

“We didn’t know how the response would be, but we were really surprised with the atmosphere, the audience participated and there was a great vibe between the players and audience.”

“Which is why we thought we should organise another event ourselves.”

The orchestra boasts conductor and violinist Paul Wright, who has performed across Australia and the US for more than 30 years and holds the position of director of strings studies at the University of Western Australia, as well as talented up and coming oboist Hannah Wooley.

Mr Hug formed Fremantle Chamber Orchestra in 2005 as a not-for-profit, and takes pride that the ensemble has developed many talented young instrumentalists.

A cellist himself, Mr Hug plays his father’s 1737 Italian cello.

Mr Hug said St Francis Xavier Cathedral will be a fantastic place to see the orchestra in performance.

“We love coming to the regions, especially to the cathedral,” he said.

“It’s absolutely beautiful and has great acoustics which is great for the musicians and the audience.”

The Fremantle Chamber Orchestra play at the Cathedral on Friday September 30, beginning at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $45 and can be bought online.

For more information, call Natalie on 0438 933 250.

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