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Thursday 11 April 2024 at 7.30pm
Saturday 13 April 2024 at 2pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Friday 12 April 2024 at 7.30pm
Costa Hall, Geelong

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Jonathon Ramsay trombone


Barber Overture to The School for Scandal
Joe Chindamo Ligeia Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Gershwin An American in Paris

About this performance

This performance of musical tales includes Australian composer Joe Chindamo’s unique concerto for trombone, brought to life by Jonathon Ramsay. Favourites from American composers Barber, Bernstein and Gershwin will put a spring in your step with their vivid dance rhythms in full orchestral glory.

  • Discover your deceptive side with Barber’s thriller-esque overture to Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th century play The School for Scandal.
  • Jonathon Ramsay – currently Principal Trombone at the Berlin Philharmonic – performs Joe Chindamo’s Ligeia. Based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe, Chindamo explores psychological duality in this wildly virtuosic meditation on the macabre.
  • Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and adapted by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein’s score to West Side Story is hailed as one of the most brilliant achievements in musical theatre history. His suite of Symphonic Dances is an orchestral romp through some of the most dynamic and moving themes, including Somewhere and Maria.
  • You might be familiar with the movie-musical An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, or perhaps you saw the production that recently swept the Tonys on Broadway. It was this orchestral work by Gershwin – written more than 20 years before the musical – that inspired Hollywood producers and prompted the development of a blockbuster.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes including interval

Geelong Regional lockup 600

MSO’s Geelong performance is supported by Creative Victoria, AWM Electrical, Freemasons Foundation Victoria, the Robert Salzer Foundation, the Angior Family Foundation and Geelong Friends of the MSO.

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