Mahler 3_Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis continues his exploration of Mahler's symphonies in 2016

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Mahler cycle with Sir Andrew Davis continues this Autumn and Winter with Symphonies No.5 and 6.

Chief Conductor of the MSO, Sir Andrew Davis reaches the halfway point of the Orchestra’s mammoth Mahler cycle this March, with a performance of Symphony No.5.

Reflecting a joyous period in Mahler’s life, the symphony was written as a love letter to his beloved wife Alma during their courtship and marriage.

In June, the MSO arrive at Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Often referred to as The Tragic, this mammoth 80-minute work is completely different in tone to the symphony that precedes it. A friend of Mahler’s even found the piece too expressively dark for him to conduct!

As ever, Mahler runs the full gamut of emotions in these symphonies, from the ‘finale to end all finales’ (The Guardian) in Symphony No.5 where the composer expresses his abounding love for the woman he was to marry, to the bleak hammer-blows of fate in the final movement of Symphony No.6. These are works guaranteed to move you.

Sir Andrew Davis said:

‘The journey through these pieces is the most extraordinary chart through the works and life of a great man. Mahler puts more of himself in a raw state into his music than any other composer I can think of.

‘The MSO has all the flexibility and depth that will make it a very special experience for me, the Orchestra and audiences.’

Date: 18 March at 8pm, 19 March at 2pm, 21 March at 6.30pm
Venue: Robert Blackwood Hall (18 March), Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne (19 & 21 March)
Tickets: $40 – $151 *prices subject to change without notice
Bookings: or 03 9929 9600

Date: 30 June, 1 & 2 July at 8pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets: $29 – $149 *prices subject to change without notice
Bookings: or 03 9929 9600


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