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Thursday 11 April 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Friday 12 April 2024

7:30pm at Costa Hall, Geelong

Saturday 13 April 2024

2:00pm at Hamer Hall


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, 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

Listen to Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Enhance your Experience

Want to learn more about the music being performed? Arrive early for an informative and entertaining pre-concert talk.

Thursday 11 April at 6.45pm
Saturday 13 April at 1.15pm

Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer

Friday 12 April at 6.45pm
Costa Hall

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