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June 2019

Homage to Gideon Klein

June 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $62

In 2019 the world of music celebrates the centenary of one of the most gifted composers to emerge from Czechoslovakia, Gideon Klein, whose career was tragically cut short by the Nazis. The music he produced in Theresienstadt concentration camp – under unimaginable circumstances – is powerful, original and captivating, and shows how greatly he was influenced by Czech master Janáček, whose suite Mládí is a gem of the wind ensemble repertoire. Dvořák’s influence on Janáček’s music was profound: how fitting…

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Baroque Oboe

June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$40 – $133

With its lucid, penetrating tone, the oboe captivates the ear and touches the heart. In this concert, oboe masterpieces from the Italian Baroque meet Melbourne composer Joe Chindamo’s double concerto for oboe and cor anglais, Sanctuary. The orchestra performs magnificent concerti grossi by Baroque luminaries Handel, Avison and Corelli. MCO welcomes back Australia’s greatest oboe star, Diana Doherty, who is the Principal Oboe of Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She is joined by Alexandre Oguey, principal cor anglais of Sydney Symphony for…

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Bach B Minor Mass

June 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$48 – $75

A comment under a YouTube video can speak more directly than an elegantly written program note. About Bach’s B minor Mass, one user has written: “Probably the best piece of music EVER written, and I’m not even exaggerating, I’m being serious.” Completed the year before Bach’s death, the Mass is one of the most inspiring pieces of music ever composed. As musicologist Alberto Basso has put it: “The Mass in B minor is the consecration of a whole life.” The…

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Baroque Oboe

June 23 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Sturt Street, Southbank
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$40 – $133

With its lucid, penetrating tone, the oboe captivates the ear and touches the heart. In this concert, oboe masterpieces from the Italian Baroque meet Melbourne composer Joe Chindamo’s double concerto for oboe and cor anglais, Sanctuary. The orchestra performs magnificent concerti grossi by Baroque luminaries Handel, Avison and Corelli. MCO welcomes back Australia’s greatest oboe star, Diana Doherty, who is the Principal Oboe of Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She is joined by Alexandre Oguey, principal cor anglais of Sydney Symphony for…

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Heidelberg Symphony 2019 | Concert 2: Romance & Revolution

June 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Performing Arts Centre, Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, Corner of Noel St and Upper Heidelberg Rd
Ivanhoe, VIC 3079 Australia
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GOULD - "Star Spangled Banner" HUMMEL - "Grand Concerto in F Major" ELGAR - Romances for Bassoon & Orchestra MOZART - Symphony No.35 "Haffner" WILLIAMS - Symphonic Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens In June, HSO presents music to evoke the romantic and revolutionary in stories near and far. Hummel’s sweeping concerto is brought to life by the agile Jack Schiller, Principal Bassoon of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Mozart’s "Haffner", originally written as party music for Salzburg, crackles with energy…

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July 2019

Five at 5: Luminous Encounters

July 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Joan Hammond Hall, 77 Southbank Boulevard
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Free – $26

Encounter the vivacious and luminous music of four powerful 20th Century voices in a concert including virtuosic performances of Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss and the extraordinary Quintet in G minor by Prokofiev. We invite you to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance. Prokofiev Quintet in G minor, Op.39 Edwards Ecstatic Dances Copland Two Threnodies for Flute and String Trio Strauss Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders!, Op.48

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Schubert Mass

July 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Sturt Street, Southbank
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$40 – $133

Join us for a new chapter in the MCO journey—our first performance of music for chamber orchestra and choir. Polyphonic Voices, directed by Michael Fulcher, has gained a reputation for its extraordinary choral singing and collaborations with diverse ensembles including MSO and Plexus. They join us for Schubert’s second Mass, a work inspired by the composer’s divine gift for melody. Utterly gorgeous and infused with a gentle mystery, the Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth.…

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August 2019

Schubert Mass

August 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$40 – $133

Join us for a new chapter in the MCO journey—our first performance of music for chamber orchestra and choir. Polyphonic Voices, directed by Michael Fulcher, has gained a reputation for its extraordinary choral singing and collaborations with diverse ensembles including MSO and Plexus. They join us for Schubert’s second Mass, a work inspired by the composer’s divine gift for melody. Utterly gorgeous and infused with a gentle mystery, the Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth.…

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A Gateway to the Sublime

August 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ÅNAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $35

In the history of music there can be few examples of a composer ‘exceeding the brief’ with results as astounding as Schubert in his Octet. It was commissioned by one of the composer’s patrons, Count Ferdinand von Troyer, a talented amateur clarinettist who had played in the premiere of Beethoven’s celebrated Septet some 20 years earlier. He suggested Schubert compose a companion piece for Beethoven’s work, which he did faithfully – while also creating one of the richest works in…

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Joy and Heartbreak

August 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $62

Like many wealthy young Europeans of his day, Mendelssohn travelled widely and found musical inspirationon many of his journeys (think of that expressive musical picture, The Hebrides). One country brought him particular pleasure: “This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought... to be the supreme joy in life.” Inspired by his sojourn there, the Italian Symphony is sunshine and Chianti in music. Mendelssohn is one of the most frequently performed classical composers of them all, whereas…

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