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21.8.08

Schubert's Mass In F

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On Saturday 13 September... the Monash University Choral Society (MonUCS) will perform Schubert's Mass In F along with other works including Vaughan William's Five Mystical Songs. We will be accompanied by the Grainger Wind Symphony. The concert will be held at MLC Music Auditorium... in Kew. Tickets are $30 (full) or $20 (concession) and I am happy to sell tickets to anyone interested...

Well the night went well and it was a lovely Spring evening to boot. I had a bit of quick dinner in Glenferrie at Grill'd then wandered up-hill to Methodist Ladies College. We had a nice venue (if hot due to a combination of stage lights and winter-set heating). We performed well I think and particularly did well with the more tricky numbers such as the lovely Australian work Dusk (which many of us had done at Sydney IV). The instrumentalists were awesome and we had the pleasure of relaxing as a part of the audience while they performed. Mmmm brass! Mmmm percussion!

The only drawback of the evening was the small audience. It is always a challenge to get the public or even personal contacts into the audience of such events. In part I think it is just the nature of these things. But I also have a hunch that there may in fact be too many such performance groups in Melbourne. Consider this - in my area there is a choir run by Monash Uni students (MonUCS) and also a choir run by the Monash Uni Music Department and also a community choir sponsored by the City Of Monash municipality. I approve of the florishing of all sorts of different groups but sometimes wonder if we are detracting from one another in terms of drawing on that limited part of the population that will attend such events...

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