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A breathtaking blend of modern and classical music was performed when the Inventi Ensemble took to the stage at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on Sunday.
Inventi Ensemble include Melissa Doecke on flute, Ben Opie on oboe and Peter de Jager on piano.
The trio have performed internationally at London’s Southbank, the BBC Proms and also at music festivals in Abu Dhabi, Prague, Italy and the United States.
They have also struck a note in Australia, playing during Melbourne Knowledge Week, Melbourne Music Week and the Alice in the Desert Festival at Alice Springs.
St Paul’s Lutheran Church pastor, Reverend Matt Anker, said this was the first time the church had held a music recital and about 65 people had come along.
‘‘It was fantastic,’’ he said. ‘‘It was a lovely afternoon; people seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.
‘‘After completion of our new church building in 2014, members of St Paul’s were looking for ways to share it with the wider community. Given the Lutheran church’s rich musical heritage, it seemed only natural that we might do this through a celebration of music.’’
Shepparton resident Chris Walker said the performance was sublime.
‘‘They really were musicians of the highest standard,’’ he said. ‘‘They had a wonderful program. I had high expectations because I knew those people were highly skilled.’’
Mr Walker said everyone who saw and heard them perform spoke very positively about the experience.
‘‘I think it exceeded everyone’s expectation,’’ he said.
Mr Walker said the Inventi Musicians also spoke about their commitment to community performance, which he believed was very important.
Rev Anker said the church planned to hold another music recital on January 30 next year with local artist Celeste Cari.
Rev Anker said the Inventi Ensemble has also expressed interest in coming back to Shepparton for another performance.
Inventi Ensemble: Melissa Doecke on flute, Ben Opie on oboe. Right, The Ensemble, with Peter de Jager on piano, played to an attentive, appreciative gathering.