Conductor Michael Woods


17 December 2017

The Chamber Orchestra at St Paul's Beethoven's Christmas

Following sell-out concerts in Leipzig, Berlin, London and Melbourne, Michael Woods returned to MRC with The Chamber Orchestra at St Paul’s and American international violinist, Curt Thompson, to present a wonderful Christmas program of some of Beethoven’s most beautiful works. The music was set against an account of Christmas events which influenced Beethoven’s life and work. This was a special Beethoven Christmas celebration!

 Beethoven Symphony # 4 in B flat - Youtube URL


4th Movement, Allegro ma non troppo

Review   "The Chamber Orchestra at St Paul's performed Beethoven's Christmas! at Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday evening ........ the programming of some rarely-played works alongside the established fourth symphony was excellent - the execution even better..... Woods extracted a great sound from a seemingly eclectic but actually very competent orchestra with thoughtful and moving interpretations. The American violinist, Curt Thompson, especially captivated the audience with every possible nuance and subtlety of sound in his playing of the Romances in F and G - just perfect for the Salon. This concert was a surprise to me - it highlighted again the amazing depth of musical talent that exists in this country ...... Bravo to everybody! ...... will be repeated at MRC on December 19 and 20." CO


"Chamber Orchestra at St Paul's

The audience enjoyed immensely, Beethovens Christmas, and the magnificent violinist. Tonight was truly magnificent." AD

 The Chamber Orchestra at St Paul’s


The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Friday December 12th at 7.00pm
Friday December 19th at 7.00pm
Saturday December 20th at 7.00pm

King Stephan: Overture op. 117
Romance op. 50, F major (Violin soloist, Curt Thompson)
Romance op. 40, G major
Symphony no. 4 op. 60, B flat major
Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens op.113 — at Melbourne Recital Centre