The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra today announced its 2014 Season and is calling on music lovers to join the Orchestra for a year that showcases an extraordinary variety of music, and a spirit of artistic adventure unsurpassed anywhere in the country.
In 2014 the MSO will begin a new journey, when it begins a multi-year cycle of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies, under the baton of Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis. The journey will begin will Mahler Symphony No.1 in July and his Second Symphony, the Resurrection, in November.
The 2014 Season will also see Sir Andrew and the MSO perform some of the most compelling orchestral music of all time by Strauss, Beethoven and Berlioz. Under his baton the Orchestra will also continue to pay homage to Australia’s own Percy Grainger and will begin an exploration the music of Charles Ives.
Principal Guest Conductor, Diego Matheuz, will celebrate the official opening of the new concert season with an opening night gala on Saturday 28 March. This thrilling event will combine two of the world’s most charismatic and exciting musicians – the dynamic Matheuz and Korean-born pianist Joyce Yang in a program of music from Borodin, Rachmaninov and Sibelius. Matheuz will also conduct works by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, in March and September.
In an exciting boost to its concert series at the Melbourne Town Hall, the MSO will be joined by actor, composer and comedian Eddie Perfect who will present four programs of popular classics in the Melbourne Town Hall Proms. Perfect will introduce pieces from the stage and guide the audience through the music with his unique brand of humour and insight.