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Timothy Weiss conductor
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Norman UnstuckAUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Higdon On a WireAUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Kernis Musica CelestisAUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Gordon DystopiaAUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Come aboard a wild ride through contemporary American orchestral music. Michael Gordon’s collaboration with visionary film-maker Bill Morrison, Dystopia, is a frenzied, chaotic drive along Los Angeles’ Highway 90. Jennifer Higdon’s On a Wire is a colourful showpiece for eighth blackbird, while Unstuck jumbles together flashbacks and flashforwards as an orchestra tries to “unstick” itself. Aaron Jay Kernis’ musica celestis provides the calm, beautiful eye of the storm.

This concert will also include a new work commissioned as part of the MSO’s Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program.

This concert will be followed by a free late-night Fractured Jam with eighth blackbird in the stalls foyer of the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Event Duration: 2hrs

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