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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: Northern Serenades

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

$20 – $95


Edward Elgar
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op.20

Gustav Holst
St Paul’s Suite in C Op.29, No.2

Robert Schumann / Shauna Beesley
Fantasiestücke, Op.73 for solo violin & strings (world premiere)

Hugo Wolf
Italian Serenade in G (strings version)

Victor Herbert
Serenade for Strings in F, Op.12

About the concert

Hear beautiful and tuneful works by some of the biggest names of the late 19th century, including Elgar, Holst and Wolf. This program also features the world premiere of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op.73 arranged for violin and strings by Shauna Beesley.

In the late 19th century, the serenade was the vehicle for exquisite, expressive writing by some of the biggest names of the era. Elgar and Hugo Wolf both wrote serenades that remain among their best-loved works, filling these relatively brief pieces with beautiful music that highlights the expressive and emotive way that string musicians were performing at the time. Another composer who knew his way around a tune was American Victor Herbert, whose serenade shows you why no less a judge than Dvořák thought he had promise beyond the Tin Pan Alley songs he was famous for.

Originally composed for solo instrument and piano, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke in this enlarged arrangement highlights the superb playing of our co-artistic director and violin soloist Rachael Beesley against a lush, enchanting torrent of strings. Schumann’s title suggests uninhibited imagination, and that is precisely what you will hear.

A reserve $95 ($65 Concession)
B reserve $75 ($55 Concession)

A reserve $30
B reserve $20


March 29
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
$20 – $95


Melbourne Recital Centre
Southbank Boulevard
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03 9699 3333