MUSIC’S LINK REMAINS FOREVER YOUNG
MUSIC spans generation gaps — trumpeter Hillel Benedykt and violinist Ella Whittaker are proof of that.
Nine-year-old Ella is one of the younger members of Melbourne Youth Orchestras, a Victorian arts organisation dedicated to “enriching young lives through the power of music’’. Hillel, 62, played trumpet with the company way back in the early ’70s.
When brought together, ahead of a 50th anniversary MYO concert on Sunday, the pair did what came naturally — they played beautiful music.
MYO chief executive officer Dorian Jones said: “We have hundreds of students in nine ensembles — the youngest aged eight, the oldest 25 — and every one of them is there because they love it.’’
New Worlds, at Melbourne Recital Centre, will feature the MYO flagship ensemble under Steven Hillinger’s baton.
Students will also put on surprise performances at the State Library in September and a gala concert in November.
Hillel Benedykt and Ella Whittaker celebrate 50 years of Melbourne Youth Orchestras.