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Thursday 18 August 2022

6:30pm at Hamer Hall

Concert rescheduled

Please note: this performance was rescheduled from Monday, 22 August. Seating for existing ticket holders have been transferred to the new date, and new tickets will be issued from Monday 25 April. If you cannot attend on the new date, please contact the MSO Box Office at


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Christopher Moore viola


Berlioz Harold in Italy

About this performance

The prose of Lord Byron provides the artistic inspiration behind this large-scale symphonic poem by Berlioz, in which MSO Principal Viola Christopher Moore assumes the instrumental role of Harold, a character who wanders through a tableau of Berlioz’s creation.

After the success of his startling Symphonie Fantastique, Berlioz was approached by the virtuoso violinist Paganini. Having recently acquired a Stradivarius viola, Paganini was looking for repertoire for the instrument. Harold in Italy was the result – a symphonic poem inspired by Lord Byron’s Childe Harold and Berlioz’s own travels in Italy.

Duration: approx. 50 minutes, no interval

COVIDSafe Information

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