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Coffee Concerts Melbourne 2017

Streeton Trio

Inspiring performances, great company, tea, coffee and cake on Tuesday mornings throughout the year.

It is a tantalising challenge each year to find musicians up to the standard demanded by Melbourne’s foremost niche chamber music series – Musica Viva’s Coffee Concerts. The first contender comes from Montreal via Madrid and, more recently, Perth. Virtuoso violinist Alexandre Da Costa is currently Head of Strings at the Edith Cowan University (WAAPA) in WA, and we’ve been very fortunate to team him up with leading local pianist Kristian Chong in a program of classic beauty and flair.

Emma Black is an extraordinary oboist who has lived in Europe for years now, is currently Principal Oboe of the Wiener Akademie, and has such an impressive string of international accolades that it’s easy to forget that she started out as a graduate of Melbourne’s VCA. She is joined in a program of sylvan French glory by suitably glorious pianist Caroline Almonte.

The Consort of Melbourne is a brilliant choral gem of Melbourne, bringing to morning coffee a complete program of music for 12 solo voices in extraordinary arrangements that accentuate the orchestral possibilities of the human voice. Arcadia Winds are the inaugural participants in Musica Viva’s FutureMakers artist development initiative, and they mark the end of their two-year tenure with a concert of typical Arcadian energy and allure.

The year closes stylishly with the Streeton Trio, formed by Australians living in Switzerland in 2008, and seen in Australia only for a few limited seasons each year.

2017 is a year of magnificent performers and marvellous music at Musica Viva. Coffee and cake with that?

Carl Vine AO
Artistic Director, Musica Viva


Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Corner of Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank