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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: New Beginnings – Season Opening Gala
February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
One event on February 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm
The MSO ushers in a bold new era with Jaime Martín at the helm as Chief Conductor, in this optimistic program exploring new beginnings.
Joseph Haydn spent thirty years working as resident composer and music director for the Hungarian aristocratic family the Eszterházys. In his first year in the position, Haydn wrote Symphony No.6 Le Matin (the morning). This sprightly work is sprinkled with instrumental solos, which will showcase the talented members of the MSO.
MSO First Nations Creative Chair Deborah Cheetham AO will collaborate with William Barton for the first time to create a new work for orchestra and didgeridoo. In Cheetham’s words, her new role will help the MSO explore their “identity and how deeply they can connect to Indigenous knowledges and ways of being”.
Gustav Mahler described the first movement of his First Symphony as the “awakening of nature from a long winter sleep”. This lyrical symphony continues on with a multitude of inspirations: Mahler drew on everything from past romantic entanglements, a nineteenth century woodcut print, a funeral march, and a nursery rhyme!