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3MBS Tchaikovsky Marathon

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

Celebrate the musical world of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

10am: To launch the day’s celebrations, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus with perform excerpts from All Night Vigil, Op. 52; Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, Op. 41 and Nine Sacred Pieces, closing their program with The Angel Cried Out.

Following, will be an astounding performance of the Album for the Young, Op.39 by pianist Timothy Young.

10.45: Since 2013, 3MBS’s The Talent has been providing performance and mentoring opportunities for Young Artists in Melbourne, and for the first time at Marathon we welcome the winner and runner-up from the most recent season.

The 2021 Talent Winner, Brian Luo and finalist Ray Liang will perform a diverse range of Tchaikovsky’s solo piano works in the intimate surroundings of the Primrose Potter Salon.

12.15pm: Enjoy a carefully curated selection of Tchaikovsky’s works for piano and violin performed by ANAM Musicians Amanda PangEmily SuPo Goh and Oscar Wong, just some of Australia’s next generation of musical talent.

Join us at midday for a sparkling performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Op.37b by brilliant pianist and much-loved 3MBS friend, Elyane Laussade.

Followed by an illuminating performance from members of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra of Souvenir de Florence Op.70 for string sextet.

1.45pm 3MBS favourite, Yiyun Gu commences this concert with works for solo piano including the delightful Nutcracker Suite.

Yiyun is joined by Matthew Rigby (violin) to bring you some of Tchaikovsky’s best loved ballet music in arrangement for piano and violin, including music from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.

3pm: Louisa Breen and Aidan Boase open concert three with a performance of The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op.66a arranged for piano four-hands by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

3.15pm: In a program of song, the last of our Salon Chamber Music Series, Young Songmakers Lisette Bolton soprano and Alexander Owens baritone with associate artist Andrea Katz, present a selection of Tchaikovsky’s little heard song repertoire with duets and songs in German and Russian, followed by tenor Michael Petrucelli and associate artist Phillipa Safley exploring more of Tchaikovsky’s works for the solo voice.

Young Songmakers Australia follow to beguile you with a performance of The little-heard Noch (Night), TH 88 for vocal quartet, then settle in for a stellar performance featuring Tair Khisambeev (violin), Elina Faskhi (cello) and Kristian Chong (piano) of Tchaikovsky’s tribute tribute to his dear friend and mentor, Nikolai Rubenstein, the Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.50.

5.30pm: The afternoon continues to charm in Concert 4 with more of Tchaikovsky’s familiar works. Melbourne pianists Tristan Lee and Gintaute Gataveckaite will perform a special arrangement for piano four-hands of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a.

Then, the mellifluous voice of Samuel Sakker (tenor) and associate artist Stewart Kelly (piano) will enchant you with Tchaikovsky’s Six Romances, Op.6.

Closing the program will be Donald Nicolson performing his arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture for piano and electronic effects

8pm: Corpus Medicorum open the final Marathon concert with the dramatic Overture-Fantasia, Op.67 Hamlet. The orchestra will then be joined by 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award winner (2019), Charlotte Miles (cello) to perform Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33.

Closing the 2022 3MBS Tchaikovsky Marathon, Corpus Medicorum and violinist Leon Fei will then perform the well-known and much-loved Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.35


February 19
10:00 am - 9:30 pm


(03) 9416 1035
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