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Guest Conductor Carolyn Watson gives us a sneak preview of MYO’s forthcoming subscription concert….
Bartók’s seminal work, the Concerto for Orchestra (1944) forms the centerpiece of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s third Subscription Concert for 2015. Showcasing music of the Central European tradition, the concert also features Kodaly’s energetic Dances of Galánta.
On the podium is US-based Australian conductor, Carolyn Watson, for whom this performance is her Melbourne Youth Orchestra debut.
Watson enthuses ‘it is great to be back in Australia and working with these talented young musicians. These works present a highly challenging and demanding program from both a technical and musical perspective, but it has been wonderful to observe these young musicians’ development over the course of the rehearsal period.’
This program is one very much close to heart for Watson, who spent two years studying in Hungary at the renowned Liszt Academy and at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music. More recently she returned to Hungary for the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Conducting Competition where she was among the prizewinners and in the 2015-16 season Watson will return to Hungary to perform with the Kodály Filharmonia.
She continues, ‘this visceral folk-inspired music of Bartók and Kodály is unlike any other. These two composers effectively established the study and concept of ethnomusicology as we know it, and during their lifetime were perhaps best known for their work collecting and categorizing the folk tunes which later inspired their compositions. The result is orchestral literature that is not only deeply idiosyncratic, but also a reflection of the diversity of musical culture of that characterizes Hungary.’
To read more about Carolyn Watson, please see: www.carolyn-watson.com
To read more about Melbourne Youth Music: http://www.mym.org.au/
Melbourne Youth Orchestra
Kodály Dances of Galánta
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Sunday August 30 2015, 7pm