The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is that rare beast among the world’s orchestras, a democratic institution. The players themselves founded it, and they choose their conductors. It has musicians from over 20 nations, and assembles for specific tours acoss Europe and the world.
Chamber Landscapes is a long weekend of chamber music held yearly as part of the Adelaide Festival at Ukaria, a cultural centre with an auditorium purpose-built for chamber music, quite possibly the best in the country.
I fell in love with Natalie Clein. Warm, unegotistical yet engaging, she spoke to the audience in the same vein as a simple remark attributed to her in the program, “The music is more important than me.”
After queuing for some time in the unseasonably cold evening air, we were let into St Francis Xavier’s cathedral, where our seats, unallocated, were narrow wooden pews from which our view of the performance area was partially obscured by a pillar. Par for the course for attending a concert in a cathedral, of course.
If ever you have been a school teacher, or a Sunday school teacher, or a parent – or if ever you have been a child, you will love this play!