Arguably the greatest symphony ever written, Antonín Dvorák's "New World Symphony" will be performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the West Gippsland Arts Centre and the Frankston Arts Centre, this Thursday and Friday respectively. Also on the program is the Overture to Beethoven's Egmont, and Mozart's sublime Clarinet Concerto in A major, with Philip Arkinstall on clarinet. This rare visit by the MSO to regional venues will be conducted by maestro Matthew Wood.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra during a performance. mso.com.au
Interest in the performances should not be limited to classical music connoisseurs; this program is perfectly suited to those who've never stepped inside a concert hall before. Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 enjoys a well-earned reputation as Australia's best-loved symphony - deep but accessible, lively and yet brooding, it is a piece of absorbing contrasts, and should be a treat to veterans of the classical repertoire and newcomers alike. Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major - one of the final pieces the composer wrote before his death - will be equally unmissable. The divine adagio of the second movement, which just about anyone should recognise upon hearing (as with so many of Mozart's pieces), is a highlight not just of this program, but of all music.