The launch of the Macquarie Conservatorium 2021 Concert Series is just around the corner and director Vivienne Winther says 'there is nothing like it'.
"It's the definition of exciting, it's live music with brilliant musicians," she said.
"After the restriction of 2020 due to COVID, people value the experience of seeing and hearing talented musicians performing live.
"So I'm looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere and seeing the reaction of the audience."
Ms Winther says although audience numbers are still limited this year due to COVID, this season welcomes the return of full-length concerts with an interval.
The first concert of the 2021 Concert Series will be held on Friday, March 5, with saxophone and guitar duo Histoire set to perform.
"This year we have more wind players than usual, playing instruments like flute, clarinet, saxophone," Ms Winther teases.
"We've never had a saxophone and guitar duo before like Duo Histoire, they have never visited Dubbo.
"Their style of music is entertaining and crosses genres so our first concert will have something for many music lovers."
The second concert with virtuoso string ensemble Alma Moodie Quartet will run on June 4, followed by Madame Flute, comprising piano accordionist Jane Rutter, to perform for the third concert on August 27.
The last concert will run on October 31 with Australia's leading young wind players band Arcadia Winds set to perform.
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Arcadia Winds, a quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn, were meant to play in the 2020 series, but with most of them in Melbourne, they couldn't get here due to state border restrictions.
"I'm pleased we could include them in this year's season and this will also be their first time in Dubbo," Ms Winther said.
"Our audience loves something new but they also have their favourites who we like to invite back.
"Jane Rutter, a quite sensational flute player, was very popular on her last visit to Dubbo in 2017. The show she is bringing this time is very theatrical.
""Madame Flute" celebrates all things French, and with her co-artist piano accordionist Marcello Maio, Jane takes you on a trip to Paris; as none of us can travel overseas, that's going to be a great experience.
"We usually have string ensembles in our concert series and this year we have an exciting new string quartet performing for us, the Alma Moodie Quartet.
"Two of the players in this quartet have played in Dubbo before but for the other two, it will be their first time here.
"This quartet is named after a female violinist Alma Moodie who had an important solo career in Europe between World War I and World War II, but Alma was never really recognised or remembered in Australia."
Ms Winther says one thing to note is the changes made to be COVID-safe.
"People now have to book ahead and book online for our concerts. Bookings close the morning of the concert, seats are limited and we don't sell tickets at the door," she said.
"Dubbo people generally leave booking to the last minute, but with limited seats that's not a good idea, you might miss out."
Bookings can be made online at www.123tix.com.au/events/macquarieconservatorium.
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