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Superstar violinst James Ehnes returns to play for Melbourne

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Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns to the MSO for two programs this winter.

In the first, Ehnes presents a diverse concert of four of the finest works for strings by Elgar, Bach, Puccini & Dvořák, as he leads the MSO at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Costa Hall in Geelong on 4, 5 & 6 August.

In the second, Ehnes reunites with his friend and colleague Sir Andrew Davis to perform Strauss’ youthful Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Elgar’s In the South and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4 Italian that gives this program its title.

On returning to the MSO and working again with Sir Andrew, Ehnes said:

‘I’m so looking forward to returning to Melbourne. Every time I’m here, I love it and I look forward to the next visit.

‘I love working with Sir Andrew Davis. He is a passionate advocate of Strauss’ music and the Strauss Violin Concerto. It’s a piece that doesn’t come around that often, so it’s a real luxury to get to perform that with someone who feels so passionately about the music.

‘Play-direct projects are always fun because you work so intensely with the musicians and the program is so diverse – we’re doing so many different things, it’s going to be great!’

Image: James Ehnes credit Ben Ealovega

ELGAR, BACH, PUCCINI AND DVOŘÁK
Date: Thursday 4 & Friday 5 August at 8pm, Saturday 6 August at 6.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre (4 & 6 August), Costa Hall Geelong (5 August)
Tickets: $50-125 available *prices subject to change without notice
Bookings: mso.com.au or 03 9929 9600

MENDELSSOHN’S ITALIAN SYMPHONY
Date: Thursday 11, Friday 12 & Saturday 13 August at 8pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets: $50-125 available *prices subject to change without notice
Bookings: mso.com.au or 03 9929 9600

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