Soaring woodwinds and deep, resonant brass have made Dvorak's New World symphony consistently one of the world's favourite orchestral works. Melodies inspired by Native American and African-American music evoke the beauty of wide open spaces and a connection to the land. With its soulful lament and lingering echoes of darker memories, it's no wonder this work is a 'must-see' of classical music fans everywhere.
The brilliant Australian-Chinese cellist Li-Wei Qin tackles Saint Saens' Cello Concerto, knwon for its solo part which demonstrates the cello's lyrical and dramatic qualities.
Completing the program is Ravel's tribute to Baroque style, his 1919 orchestral suite, Le Tombeau de Couperin.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Tianyi lu conductor
Li-Wei Qin cello
Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1
Dvorak - Symphony No.9 From the New World
Running time: 2 hours including intermission
Vivaldi would be totally astonished by the fame of his Four Seasons today. As a priest working in an orphanage, the majority of his music was heard by only a relatively small circle of people in Venice, and almost all of it was forgotten, lost or disregarded for nearly two centuries after his death.
The Four Seasons is not just well-known: it's one of the most exciting, colourful and innovative works from the Baroque era. Each concerto is accompanied by a sonnet, and the hallmarks of each Italian season, from birdsong in Spring to pesky flies in Summer, are imagined in amazingly vivid musical form.
Written more than 200 years after Vivaldi, Ottorino Respighi's quartet (opulently arranged for string orchestra) evokes a different, romantic image of Italy - picturesque town squares, languorous sunny days by Lake Como, young love and good living.
Vivaldi - Concerto in F major RV141
Respighi Quartet in D major P53 (arr string orchestra)
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Katherine Lukey Violin
Jennen Ngiau-Keng Violin
William Hennessy AM Violin
Markiyan Melnychenko Violin
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Running time: 2 hours including 20 minute intermission
Caught between her desire for love and a longing for freedom, Carmen faces an impossible choice. She’s enigmatic and elusive: a femme fatale you can’t forget. Captivating Don José with her sensual Habanera, he abandons everything to pursue her. But Carmen won’t be owned and finds herself a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo. Don José’s jealousy is untameable and in a gripping finale, Carmen is destined to fight for her life.
This new production highlights the colour and vibrancy of postcard Spain, with vintage-inspired costumes it evokes an era of bikers and shady police in a post-war setting of teen angst and rebellion.
A cast of some of Australia’s finest opera singers assemble with a chamber orchestra and local children’s chorus to perform the world’s most popular opera. Hear the famous Habanera and the Toreador Song when you join us for Opera Australia’s 25th Anniversary tour of Bizet’s Carmen.
*Sung in French with English surtitles. Performed with a live chamber orchestra.
Running time: 2 hours and 35 minutes including intermission.
She's known to millions around the world as the "Angel of Australia" - the name given to her by the famous Dutch violinist, André Rieu.
This concert is part of Mirusia's National Tour in 2020 saluting the music of The Seekers, performing the chart-topping hits including “I’ll Never Find Another You”, “A World Of Our Own”, “The Carnival Is Over”, “Georgy Girl” and more in a 2 hour show with band that will also include the CLASSICS she has performed with André Rieu around the world and her original songs.
Mirusia is an Australian born Soprano with Dutch heritage. With 12 years of extensive international touring and successful concerts under her belt, Mirusia is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world. Her albums always place highly on the ARIA Album and DVD chart rankings, with numerous albums and DVDs reaching the number one position on the Pop, Classical Crossover, Jazz & Blues and Music DVD Charts in Australia. Her latest album "A Salute to The Seekers" debuted at the #1 position on the ARIA Jazz & Blues Chart with a sold-out shows at QPAC Concert Hall, Sydney Recital Hall and Melbourne’s Recital Hall.
Mirusia studied opera at Griffith University's Queensland Conservatorium in Australia and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. After graduation, her career blossomed when she toured the world as star soprano with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra for over 10 years. The stadium-size concerts have forwarded Mirusia the most wonderful opportunities of singing before country leaders, royalty and millions of fans have marvelled at the clarity, dexterity and the exquisite sound of her voice.
Mirusia still tours with André Rieu, but also has a flourishing solo career.
She has touched the hearts of many audiences. Her performances have been declared; “heart-warming, personal and they leave you no choice but to love Mirusia.”
André Rieu about Mirusia: “I’m proud to have been there from the start and to see her career take off. After having worked with this incredibly talented young lady I can only wish her all the best in her solo career.“