Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will not tour Shepparton this year for the first time since at least 1989.JOHN LEWIS March 20, 2014 5:56am
Feeling deprived: Retired Shepparton academic John Lawry is disappointed the Melbourne Symphony is not coming to Shepparton this year.
Shepparton orchestral music lovers feel disappointed and deprived after Melbourne Symphony Orchestra confirmed it would not be visiting the city this year.
The orchestra has been forced to reduce its regional performances this year following the decision of its tour sponsor Powercor to cut funding.
The orchestra has confirmed it will perform in part or in full at Warragul, Frankston, Wangaratta, Warnambool, Hamilton and Bendigo this year, but not Shepparton.
Retired Shepparton academic John Lawry said the MSO’s annual performances at Eastbank had played a valuable role in the cultural life of the area.
‘‘We do feel deprived,’’ Mr Lawry said.
‘‘It’s an important part of the culture, particularly for the youth of Shepparton. It develops an awareness and understanding of orchestral music.’’
Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra founder and director Wendy Oakes said she was disappointed with the news.
‘‘I know a lot of our orchestra members and students around the area look forward to the concerts. It’s inspirational really. It’s a tradition for local musicians and lovers of orchestral music,’’ Mrs Oakes said.
Mr Lawry said the MSO had been coming to Shepparton every year since at least 1989, when he and his wife Margaret returned to the city to live.
An MSO spokeswoman said the orchestra remained committed to regional tours, despite a loss of funding.
‘‘It is one of the MSO’s core missions to reach as many people as possible through its regional touring program,’’ the spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman said the orchestra did investigate taking a brass ensemble to Shepparton this year.
‘‘But we were unable to find a date which suited both the orchestra and the venue,’’ she said.
She said the orchestra was investigating options for a new regional touring sponsorship partner for next year and beyond.
Greater Shepparton City Council director of community Kaye Thomson said the loss of the orchestra’s performance was disappointing.
‘‘ Riverlinks is very disappointed to lose this part of our season, especially the engagement with younger people,’’ Ms Thomson said.
‘‘Many children experienced classical music for the first time through this program.’’
Ms Thomson said Riverlinks would continue its relationship with Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra to ensure a strong classical music program.
She said Riverlinks was also planning new links with DeepBlue Orchestra and Victorian Opera.
Councillors have formally supported the proposed Shepparton bypass and endorsed combining two early stages to try maximise the project’s chances for securing funding.
More than 800 golfers throughout Australia converged on Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort's five-day 2016 May Tournament from Monday to Friday last week.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
BRIGHT and sunny weather made for perfect conditions for Rochester Hotel’s inaugural Motors and Music Fest on Saturday, May 7.
ROCHESTER and Elmore District Health Services is now $12,000 richer and management can’t wait to spend it.
Former AFL star and Bali bombing survivor Jason McCartney is the guest speaker for Kyabram's Sportstar of the Year event.
Cole, Clifton in final squad
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
A WINTRY day was turned to spring on Friday when the mums and students of Holy Rosary Primary School hosted the school’s annual Mother’s Day luncheon.
Students at Cobram Primary School were raring to go for the last day of NAPLAN testing last week after tucking in to a special breakfast provided by the school’s Parents and Friends Committee.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.