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The Rite of Spring
18 & 20 July | Hamer Hall | $59–$159
A now-legendary riot broke out at the premiere of The Rite of Spring in Paris in 1913. Unlike anything heard before, the score was hugely divisive and catapulted Stravinsky’s name and reputation as a composer. He composed the lyrically radiant melodrama Perséphone 20 years later. Both works are presented here in this complementary Stravinsky double bill.
Elgar’s Cello Concerto
2–5 August | Hamer Hall | $61–$123
French conductor Bertrand de Billy makes his MSO debut embracing one of Richard Strauss’ most ambitious tone poems, Also Sprach Zarathustra (used in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey). Canadian-German cellist Johannes Moser also joins the orchestra for one of Elgar’s greatest works; his introspective and lyrical Cello Concerto.
Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto
21 August | Hamer Hall | $59–$100
Star violinist turned conductor Nikolaj Znaider draws out the impeccable artistry of Camille Saint-Saëns, in the first of his cello concertos. Beaming with melodic elegance, the work is one of soulful passion that the cello conveys so well. Mendelssohn’s ethereal A Midsummer Night’s Dream will have you leaving the concert on cloud nine.
22 & 24 August | Hamer Hall | $65–$149
An evening of musical enchantment, Mendelssohn’s ethereal A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens; setting the scene for Saint-Saëns’ captivating Cello Concerto No.1. A work close to Chinese cellist Jian Wang’s heart, he played it for his orchestral debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at just 11-years-old. Passion, obsession, hallucination, depression – Symphonie Fantastique covers the complex spectrum of Hector Berlioz’s emotions in his musical telling of unrequited love.
Sibelius Violin Concerto
30, 31 August and 2 September | Hamer Hall | $61–$123
Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova captured international attention when she won the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky competitions in the early 1980s. Now one of her signature works, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, is symphonic in scope but also a virtuoso soloist’s dream. A must for any music lover.