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Thursday 18 May 2023 at 7.30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre

Friday 19 May 2023 at 7.30pm
Robert Blackwood Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Moore director / conductor
Torrio! featuring:
Paul Grabowsky piano / co-curator
Mirko Guerrini saxophones / flutes
Niko Schauble drums


Ives Central Park in the Dark
Paul Grabowsky Fascinatin' Algorhythm*
Ives The Unanswered Question
John Adams Son of Chamber Symphony
Haydn Symphony No.83 La Poule

*World premiere of an MSO Commission

About this performance

Paul Grabowsky AO brings his exciting trio alongside the MSO to explore the intersection of jazz and classical, and just how far those genres can overlap. Come with a sense humour as this program jumps between the Classical and modern, serious and comical, and the ridiculous and sublime.

  • This eclectic performance opens with Charles Ives' – Central Park in the Dark – conveying the rich experience of the many sounds you'd hear on a walk through New York City's Central Park. Ives' evocative The Unanswered Question appears later in the program, highlighting the contrasting ideas that run through this concert.
  • Jazz trio Torrio! joins the MSO for the premiere of Paul Grabowsky's Fascinatin' Algorhythm, which creates unique and expressive sounds using techniques from across popular styles. Paul describes his work as one that is "true both to the world of fully notated music and the technical and expressive virtuosity required to render it brilliantly, and to the world of improvised music, where things always happen in the moment, never to be the same again."
  • John Adams' Son of Chamber Symphony takes inspiration from both traditional classical styles and the music from the cartoons his son would watch in the room adjacent to Adams' study.
  • Finally, Haydn's famous musical humour is on display in his Symphony No.83 La Poule (the hen) – transitioning from a dark and serious theme into a comical melody that sounds like the clucking of hens.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes including interval

"My trio 'Torrio!' brings together three musicians who have a deep love and respect for all the great traditions and have composed for and played in many of them."

-Paul Grabowsky AO

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