The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) brings together Australia’s finest classical musicians, from home and from leading orchestras around the world. Led by reknowned conductor Zubin Mehta, this is one orchestral performance you do not want to miss.
We spoke to Anne Harvey-Nagl, a violin (concertmaster) player on loan from the Vienna Volksoper Symphony Orchestra, about playing in the AWO.
What are you looking forward to doing in Melbourne?
When I come home I love spending time in Lygon St, especially at the Tiamo restaurant, Brunetti (of course) and Reading’s Bookshop. I always make time for a walk through the central city to see what has changed and how it has grown.
The Arts Centre remains a special place. In 1982, I was lucky to be a part of the opening of the then Melbourne Concert Hall with my school orchestra (MLC), and have enjoyed many concerts there since.
What piece of Melbourne will you take on your travels?
I love Melbourne deeply, it is my home and place of childhood, so I always take a lot of photographs of my favourite places, and pick up a few items from the supermarket, such as Vegemite, Coon Tasty Cheese and Violet Crumbles!
What does it mean to be part of the Australian World Orchestra?
It’s a great honour to have been invited to be part of the AWO. It is a very special group of outstanding musicians and it was quite magical that, despite coming from all corners of the world, we achieved a homogenous sound immediately.
Many of us have known each other since Music Camp and Youth Orchestra days, so it is wonderful to come together again after so many years.
I have never worked with Zubin Mehta until now, and am very excited to have the opportunity to experience his wonderful musicianship! I am looking forward to the 2013 season immensely.
The Australian World Orchestra will hold two concerts in Melbourne at Hamer Hall on the October 2 and 4.