Winter Solstice Concert Success

Those family and friends of Squawkestra who braved the cold and dark of the Winter Solstice were treated to a feast of music making, merriment and warmth as Squawkestra hosted a community concert featuring living Melbourne composers, with works of Andrea Keeble (violin) and Adam Simmons (woodwind), as well as others such as Rebecca Marshall and Squawkestra’s very own artistic director Katrina Wilson O’Brien.

Squawkestra’s Winter Solstice concert was the culmination of a 4-week Yarra Bend Workshop Series program that explored the challenging music that both Andrea (The Crossing) and Adam (String) had specifically arranged for our group.

Additionally, audience and Squawkestra members alike were treated to the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Shakuhachi Melbourne, led by Adam Simmons, through traditional Japanese melodies as well as Adam’s own compositions.

A particular highlight from the performance included the eerie and spooky vibrations from a Waterphone; an inharmonic percussive instrument that was invented and developed by Richard Waters in the late 1960s. This was put to great effect within Adam’s String composition.

Whilst Squawkestra is an orchestra for adult beginners, it does not shy away from challenging contemporary music that extends its players’ abilities so that the orchestra’s musical and artistic ability continues to grow and develop.

If you have a classical musical instrument and haven’t played in a long time but think that you might like to, then head over to our member’s page to find out when our next fortnightly rehearsal will be. Come join us for some music making. Players of all levels of experience and musical background are welcome.

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