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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is offering an exciting series of beautiful classical concerts over winter.

Enjoy piano sensation Lang Lang, Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, and Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.

Other concert highlights include Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto; Last Night of the Proms; Symphonie Fantastique; Sibelius Violin Concerto; Elgar's Cello Concerto and many more.

It is set to be a fabulous season of classical music in the heart of Melbourne! Tickets are now on sale and selling fast. Check out the program below to plan your MSO Winter experience.

 

BOLÉRO!

7 June | Hamer Hall | $79–$99

Seductive. Spanish. Slava. Celebrated Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan dips into the melting pot of Spanish music and its myriad of influences in Rodrigo's famous Aranjuez concerto. Classical and folk traditions converge in this fiery one-night-only concert.

 

Mozart's Requiem

20 & 22 June| Hamer Hall | $65–$149

Music to die for. The composer's final work, Mozart's Requiem is dark, dramatic and shrouded in mystery. Featuring Australian soloists, the full MSO Chorus and our resplendent symphonic orchestra, this requiem promises an evening of fire and brimstone, before an ultimately uplifting ending.

 

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

28–29 June & 1 July | Hamer Hall | $61–$123

He's regarded as one of the greatest violinists in the world and here Vadim Gluzman returns to the MSO to perform his interpretation of the beloved Tchaikovsky concerto – its extraordinary virtuosity and wistful poetry is not to be missed. Your evening concludes with Ravel's great 20th century orchestral showpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition.

 

Rachmaninov 3

3 July | Hamer Hall | $59–$100

A delightful way to spend a mid-week morning. Mozart's sparkling overture to The Marriage of Figaro opens the concert with an energy that has delighted audiences for hundreds of years. Moving away from old-style romanticism, yet reflective of his Russian heritage, Rachmaninov's brooding Third Symphony is a musical journey of melancholic indulgence.

 

Lang Lang

4 July | Hamer Hall | $279

Pursued by every orchestra in the world and adored by legions of fans, Lang Lang is the singular piano sensation of the 21st century, but his renown depends on much more than dazzling technique alone. He couples his virtuosity with a voracious appetite for musical diversity and a charismatic personality that draws listeners deep into his musical world. Selling fast!

 

Last Night of the Proms

13 July | Hamer Hall | $59–$149

Prepare yourself for some Pomp and Circumstance with the MSO's Prom King, Sir Andrew Davis as he conducts an all-star cast, including Greta Bradman (soprano), Lu Siqing (violin) and the MSO Chorus. Expect the full gamut of high-spirited favourites, such as Rule, Britannia! and Jerusalem in this joyful, best-of-the-Brits musical celebration.

 

The Rite of Spring

18 & 20 July | Hamer Hall | $59–$159

A now-legendary riot broke out at the premiere of The Rite of Spring in Paris in 1913. Unlike anything heard before, the score was hugely divisive and catapulted Stravinsky's name and reputation as a composer. He composed the lyrically radiant melodrama Perséphone 20 years later. Both works are presented here in this complementary Stravinsky double bill.

 

Elgar's Cello Concerto

2–5 August | Hamer Hall | $61–$123

French conductor Bertrand de Billy makes his MSO debut embracing one of Richard Strauss' most ambitious tone poems, Also Sprach Zarathustra (used in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey). Canadian-German cellist Johannes Moser also joins the orchestra for one of Elgar's greatest works; his introspective and lyrical Cello Concerto.

 

Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto

21 August | Hamer Hall | $59–$100

Star violinist turned conductor Nikolaj Znaider draws out the impeccable artistry of Camille Saint-Saëns, in the first of his cello concertos. Beaming with melodic elegance, the work is one of soulful passion that the cello conveys so well. Mendelssohn's ethereal A Midsummer Night's Dream will have you leaving the concert on cloud nine.

 

Symphonie Fantastique

22 & 24 August | Hamer Hall | $65–$149

An evening of musical enchantment, Mendelssohn's ethereal A Midsummer Night's Dream opens; setting the scene for Saint-Saëns' captivating Cello Concerto No.1. A work close to Chinese cellist Jian Wang's heart, he played it for his orchestral debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at just 11-years-old. Passion, obsession, hallucination, depression – Symphonie Fantastique covers the complex spectrum of Hector Berlioz's emotions in his musical telling of unrequited love.

 

Sibelius Violin Concerto

30, 31 August and 2 September | Hamer Hall | $61–$123

Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova captured international attention when she won the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky competitions in the early 1980s. Now one of her signature works, Sibelius' Violin Concerto, is symphonic in scope but also a virtuoso soloist's dream. A must for any music lover.

 

For more information on the MSO Winter season, please visit www.mso.com.au/mso-winter-2019

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When: June, July & August 2019
Where: Melbounrne
Cost: $59–$280
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