Classical concerts launch on ABC iview

Concert halls are closed, but on ABC Classic they are committed to keeping the music playing. They have launched their first-ever classical collection on iview, meaning that you can watch some of the very best recent performances with Australia’s biggest names, in the comfort of your own home.

Classical concerts launch on ABC iview

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Over the coming six weeks, they will release over 20 full-length concerts, from symphonic masterpieces to baroque chamber music. With performances from five states, this collection gives a glimpse into Australia’s thriving classical scene, bringing it to life wherever you are and whenever you want.

To watch it all, just head to iview.

In the classical collection, available from today are full performances of:

  • Handel’s Messiah from Sydney Opera House, featuring the 600-strong Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
  • Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to an empty concert hall, as current social distancing restrictions took place
  • French ensemble Nevermind’s performance in Australia as part of their Musica Viva International Concert Series tour in 2019

Three new concerts will be added each Friday for the next seven weeks. Highlights include:

  • The Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti playing Beethoven
  • Pinchgut Opera programs The Splendour of Venice and If Music Be the Food of Love
  • Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta and Alexander Briger conducting the Australian World Orchestra
  • Three concerts from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Asher Fisch
  • Intimate performances from Melbourne Recital Centre
  • The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven, Ravel and more
  • Soprano Siobhan Stagg singing Brahms with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • And the Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Alondra de la Parra

The collection will also feature ballet, opera and dance highlights: six spectacular performances from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, including Madama ButterflyCarmenAida and La Traviata; a range of works from the history of The Australian Ballet, such as Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker; and two programs from Bangarra Dance Theatre.


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