Melbourne Symphony Orchestra returns to the Geelong stage in 2021

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Celebrate the return of the MSO to Geelong with fine music, mesmerising repertoire and a spotlight that shines bright on female composers and soloists.

The MSO marks its return to Geelong in March with violinist Grace Clifford, one of Australia’s brightest young stars of classical music.

Clifford will join the MSO and conductor Benjamin Northey, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, a work of exuberant energy with the charm of traditional Czech folk music. Also on the program is American composer Missy Mazzoli’s These Worlds in Us, a contemporary piece exploring themes of grief and joy, alongside Sibelius’ grand and sweeping seventh and final symphony.

In April, the MSO and German conductor Johannes Fritzsch will perform a fearless, feminine and forthright program, with award-winning Australian actor Pamela Rabe as narrator, channelling several Shakespeare heroines in Melody Eötvös’ Ruler of the Hive. Rabe conveys monologues from Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure and As You Like It in this powerful work exploring Shakespeare’s relationship with women as well as the social and political issues that have impacted women from the Renaissance to present day.

MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell leads the Orchestra through a celebration of the incomparable J.S Bach with Scottish accordion virtuoso James Crabb as soloist in June.

The coupling of J.S Bach and the work of English composer Sally Beamish will see Crabb play the part of continuo, normally reserved for harpsichord, on the piano accordion. Sophie Rowell play-directs Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.3, lavishly orchestrated for its time, highlighting the composer’s mastery of harmony, rhythm and his sense of fun.


5 March 2021, 7.30pm
Mazzoli, Dvořák & Sibelius: The New and the Familiar

Conductor Benjamin Northey
Violin Grace Clifford

23 April 2021, 7.30pm
Ruler of the Hive: Shakespeare and the symphony
Conductor Johannes Fritzsch
Narrator Pamela Rabe

4 June 2021, 7.30pm
Bach and Beamish: Sophie Rowell and James Crabb
Director & Violin Sophie Rowell
Accordion James Crabb