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Celebrating their 80th Anniversary in style
In 2016, in its 80th anniversary, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) plays the essential classics - the music that has inspired generations. Featuring internationally renowned conductors and the stunning artists such as Nelson Freire, Bezhod and Dejan Lazic, the flagship Master Series returns to Adelaide Town Hall (celebrating its own 150th anniversary) for another season of live and engaging performances.



Iconic Beethoven (18-19 March)

Nicholas Carter launches the Masters Series with three of the most exciting beginnings in classical music: Don Juan's swashbuckling leap, the whip-crack of Ravel's Piano Concerto, and Fate's famous knock at the door. Those familiar first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Strauss' unbeatable prototype for Hollywood adventure soundtracks combine with the versatility of Dejan Lazić as he brings out kaleidoscopic moods of Ravel's Piano Concerto.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Iconic Beethoven


Noble Elgar (1-2 April)

British conductor Mark Wigglesworth returns to conduct this much-loved piece of old-world England. This music has all the curves of a Late Romantic masterpiece, mellowed by the beautifully textured orchestration that Elgar wraps around it like a soft, woolly blanket. And then in a rare shared adventure, the ASO's own Imants and Natsuko step out with violin and viola to lead the audience through a special performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Noble Elgar


Elegant Tchaikovsky (29-30 April)

Arvo Volmer returns to the ASO with the young Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, and they star with Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. A simple, square melody is unfolded into a series of surprising and enchanting characters. A quick trek through the woods of Sibelius's last great orchestral work, Tapiola, is the prelude piece, before the audience gets a chance to be carried away by the powerful current of Carl Nielsen's unstoppable and thrilling Fourth Symphony.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Elegant Tchaikovsky


Dazzling Prokofiev (24-25 June)

Behzod, who played 'Rach 3' with the ASO in 2014 in an unforgettable performance is back and teams up with Nicholas Carter for one of the most flashily brilliant concertos in the repertoire. Prokofiev's quirky and uplifting Third Piano Concerto is music to be listened to from the edge of your seat. Supporting the show is The Sorcerer's Apprentice (as immortalised in Disney's Fantasia), the flitting dance rhythms of Ross Edwards' ethereal White Ghost Dancing, before closing out with the bustling, crowded fairground of Petrushka, where Stravinsky's vivid music brings side shows, buskers, magicians and puppets to life.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Dazzling Prokofiev


Glorious Brahms (5-6 August)

American violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, joins the ASO and Johannes Fritzsch to perform Brahms's monumental Violin Concerto. Its scope is grand and symphonic, and the orchestral introduction casts an imposing shadow. Dvořák's Seventh Symphony is the D minor thundercloud to Brahms's D major cumulus and brings a great evening to a stunning close.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Glorious Brahms


Piano Legend (9-10 September)

Nelson Freire was a Brazilian child prodigy in the 1940s and 50s. Now one of the world's most revered pianists, he joins the ASO for a great night of maturity and emotional honesty. Starting with Shakespeare's Kings, the ASO work their way through to Mozart's light-footed, dark-hued Symphony No 40, and then unleash the power and passion of Brahms's Second Piano Concerto.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Piano Legend


Elgar's Cello Concerto (23-24 September)

Debussy's Prélude a l'après midi d'un faune changed the course of music history and starts tonight's show. Elgar's Cello Concerto creates a beautiful melodic middle, before Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony creates and affirmative and cheerful ending to this great evening.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Elgar's Cello Concerto


Tate and Little (7-8 October)

Tasmin Little and Jeffrey Tate fly over from the UK with an aviary of their favourite free-spirited fancies. Featuring Delius's Violin Concerto, Wagner's intimate Siegfried Idyll and Brahms Third Symphony, Tate and Little will captivate and mesmerise as the violin rhapsodises over the orchestra almost non-stop.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Tate and Little


Fantastic Symphony (2-3 December)

Sibelius composed a haunting, deeply-felt Violin Concerto, Messiaen wrote Le Tombeau resplendissant when aged 23 while Berlioz, also in his twenties, fell hopelessly in love with an actress and wrote the Fantastic Symphony, pouring all the agony and ecstasy of unrequited love into a musical story. For the final night of the year, prepare to love, laugh and cry as Nicholas Carter brings out the very best of the ASO.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Masters Series, Nicholas Carter, Adelaide Town Hall
Fantastic Symphony


Each of the ASO's Master Series program commences at 8pm on the Friday night and 630pm on the Saturday night at the Adelaide Town Hall. Further details, including booking information, is available from the ASO website or from their facebook page.

All images courtesy of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

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Why? The Masters are the Best
When: March to December 2016
Where: Adelaide Town Hall
Cost: As per website
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Fantastic line up.Adelaide has been described as the Musical Capital of Aust.Adelaide certainly has a great musical tradition.Perhaps Australia's greatest musician/composer..namely Percy Grainger is buried in the West Terrace Cemetery with his mother,who was an Adelaide girl.
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