Inventi Ensemble transform Hawthorn Arts Centre into an enchanted forest

Friday 25 June

Award-winning chamber musicians Inventi Ensemble will turn the Hawthorn Arts Centre’s Main Hall into an enchanted forest on Friday 25 June while treating audiences to a new arrangement by Glynn Davies of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, to be performed for the first time.

Immersed in a forest of special light effects, Inventi Ensemble will perform a new arrangement of the Beethoven classic alongside Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony was composed to elicit the feeling of being surrounded by nature, while Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun evokes an encounter with forest spirits. The surrounding interactive light forest will provide audience members with a new and immersive listening experience and give audiences a chance to be transported into nature, in the transformed Hawthorn Arts Centre.  

The performance also includes new work from acclaimed composer Melody Eötvös known for her multi-media and traditional instrumental contexts.

Pioneered by Artistic Directors Melissa Doecke and Ben Opie, Inventi Ensemble first defined Australian music with their inventive style in early 2014. They have since gone on to perform extensively across Australia with a strong focus on endorsing young and local talent. Internationally, they have performed at London’s South Bank with San Francisco’s Ensemble Parrallèle, as well as music festivals across Europe, Abu Dhabi and USA. 

Melissa Doecke is an exciting flautist with a French sensibility, depicted by her elegant performance style and restrained emotion. Oboist Ben Opie has been described as an oboist of matchless capacity who has the power to keep his audience connected in every performance. 

Audiences can enjoy an evening of beautiful music at Hawthorn Arts Centre, with a multi-disciplinary experience that is sure to captivate.

Boroondara Arts presents an exciting and varied arts program and Hawthorn Arts Centre is home to performance, exhibition, workshop and events spaces. Explore Hawthorn and discover the area’s culinary delights prior to show time. 

Inventi Ensemble Enchanted Forest

8pm, Friday 25 June 2021
Hawthorn Arts Centre

360 Burwood Road Hawthorn