Take mum on a journey

Orchestra Geelong guest conductor Joel Carnegie. (Sarah Walker)

Orchestra Geelong embarks on a musical journey this Mother’s Day, and everyone is invited.

Journeys: Across this and other worlds aims to take the audience on “an expedition through worlds”, from the high seas of the Caribbean to Tolkien’s Middle Earth, to the Eurasion Steppes and back again.

Held at the RW Gibson Centre at Christian College Senior School at 3pm on Sunday, May 12, the Journeys concert, prepared by Orchestra Geelong conductor Hayden Dinse, will also feature multi-award winning Australian story maker, ABC presenter, and musician Joel Carnegie.

Mr Carnegie said the concert program lived up to its name, providing a diverse range of music evoking a sense of the exotic.

“We do traverse quite an expanse of music and the world in one hour, so it’s a really easy to listen to smorgasbord of pieces that thread this idea, this theme of journeying around the world together,” he said.

“My focus with the group has really been about, you know, what’s the story we’re telling here. One of the things we do in the ensemble is to think about the story that we’re telling, even if that’s made up.

“Then we have a conversation around what people are feeling about the story, what they are feeling about the music, and then we’re going to emulate that and bring that to a collective whole.”

“In terms of what audiences can expect, it’s really lively, a roller coaster of a program. It’s short and sweet, done in an hour, and a really nice way to spend Mother’s Day afternoon.”

Orchestra Geelong president Felicity Bolitho said the ensemble was delighted to have Joel join them for the concert.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as an approach that focuses on the fun of making music together,” Ms Bolitho said.

“Our audience will thoroughly enjoy the program that Hayden has designed and the performance that Joel will guide the orchestra to deliver this Mother’s Day.”

Tickets are available at trybooking.com or at the door.