Voyage of Musical Discovery
Design & Innovation
- Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
- David Li Sound Gallery
The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts
$30 - $55
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Sally Whitwell | Composer, Piano
Anna Fraser | Soprano
Katy B Plummer | Video Installation Artist
The first Voyage of Musical Discovery of 2023 introduces, demonstrates and explains key concepts of design and innovation in music across the centuries. Witness core elements of composition, performance and musicology align in contemporary creative practice, in works presented by the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, and composer/pianist Sally Whitwell and guests.
The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s Voyage of Musical Discovery music education series was established and designed by the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra and its founding artistic director and world-renowned educator, the late Richard Gill AO, and will be presented in Melbourne for the first time in 2023 in collaboration with Monash University.
The Voyage of Musical Discovery is equal parts concert and demonstration. It comprises three separate programs, closely aligned with the VCE music curriculum. Co-artistic directors, Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen present each Voyage featuring musicians of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in the first half, and a contemporary guest artist or ensemble in the second half.
By placing new Australian music alongside earlier Classical and Romantic works, intergenerational listeners are shown the many compositional links and similarities in structure, tonality, rhythmic function, orchestration and modes of expression. In 2023, the Voyage will be shining the spotlight on female composers.
Since 2018, over 6,000 secondary school music students from Greater Sydney, Brisbane, and regional NSW and Queensland have attended the Voyage of Musical Discovery education programs. Each Voyage comes with a downloadable Education Kit, written by musician and educator Charles MacInnes.