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Tuesday 2 April 2024 at 7.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Friday 5 April 2024 at 7.30pm
Ballarat Civic Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Erin Helyard* director / harpsichord
Zoë Black** violin

*MSO Artist in Residence


Vivaldi Concerto for Violin in F, RV 569
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Vivaldi Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 577
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.1
Telemann Overture (Suite) in D Major, TWV 55:D22

About this performance

Australia’s own baroque star Erin Helyard kicks off MSO’s Festival from the harpsichord, showcasing the incredible variation of three of the era’s most famous contemporaries.

  • A violinist by training, Antonio Vivaldi wrote over 500 concertos – works for solo instrument and chamber orchestra. Nearly half of these were written for his beloved violin, and his intimate knowledge of the instrument and its capabilities allowed him to push the boundaries of virtuosic possibility. Featuring Zoë Black on violin, these concertos in F and G give us a moody, thrilling snapshot of a composer at the height of musical innovation.
  • Often lauded as the greatest composer of all time, Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concertos were written for a potential patron, whom Bach hoped would give him a job. Taking inspiration from the concertos of Vivaldi, this set highlights the facility of several instruments, instead of just one. Like a conversation with many voices, Bach’s compositional genius foregrounds independent melodies for each instrument with spectacular clarity.
  • Telemann’s Overture Suite was dedicated to a hunting enthusiast, and it’s easy to hear why. This selection of musical scenes feels like a day in the countryside with no shortage of thrills, spills, and unexpected encounters.

Duration: approx. 75 minutes, no interval

**Tair Khisambeev is unable to perform these concerts as originally scheduled.

Listen to Brandenburg Concerto No.3

Geelong Regional lockup 600

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

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