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Monday 15 April 2024

6:30pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Jonathon Ramsay trombone


Joe Chindamo Ligeia Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Gershwin An American in Paris

About this performance

Get your gang together and pop on your dance shoes for this concert featuring a unique work for trombone and orchestra composed by Joe Chindamo alongside enduring American favourites. You’ll be tapping your toes all the way home.

  • Jonathon Ramsay – currently Principal Trombone at the Berlin Philharmonic – brings to life 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, no interval

Listen to An American in Paris

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Want to learn more about the music being performed? Stick around for an informative and entertaining post-concert talk.

Monday 15 April at 7.45pm
Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer

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