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Thursday 2 March 2023 at 7.30pm
Friday 3 March 2023 at 7.30pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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Selections from this performance are available to stream on MSO.LIVE.

Stream An Alpine Symphony

Stream Ariettes oubliées

Stream Haunted Hills


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Siobhan Stagg soprano


Sutherland Haunted Hills
Debussy (arr. Dean) Ariettes oubliées
R. Strauss An Alpine Symphony

About this performance

Travel with the MSO without leaving your seat in this odyssey through the German Alps, Parisian streetscapes and Dandenong Ranges, all under the baton of Jaime Martín.

  • One of Australia’s most rebellious composers, Margaret Sutherland was ahead of her time and excelled in a male-dominated field at home and abroad. Her powerful work Haunted Hills is both a lush picture of the Dandenong Ranges and a reflection on the horrific mistreatment of the area’s traditional owners – the Bunurong and Woiworung people of the Kulin Nation – upon colonisation. Learn more about the extraordinary Margaret Sutherland in a new biography by Jillian Graham, available from the MSO Shop.
  • MSO Soloist in Residence Siobhan Stagg performs the impressionistic Ariettes Oubliées, or 'Forgotten Songs'. The musical equivalent of a Renoir or a Monet, this work is inspired by subtlety and nuance, and captures snapshots in music through shifting harmony, tone, and musical colour. Musically eclectic yet recognisably ‘French’, these songs demonstrate Debussy’s part in the development of an iconic French musical style, recognisable today in the likes of Amélie’s Yann Tiersen.
  • Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony is often described as a ‘tone poem’ – a musical illustration of a story, novel, painting, landscape, or other non-musical source. Strauss loved rambling through the alps, and this glorious work takes us on a musical hike over the course of a single day from sunrise to sunset. Sometimes easy with breath-taking views and glorious sunshine, and sometimes difficult with dangerous terrain and weather, it’s possibly the most spectacular (and easiest) way to get your step count up.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

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