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Thursday 05 September 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Friday 06 September 2024

7:30pm at Costa Hall, Geelong

Saturday 07 September 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Carter conductor
Karen Gomyo violin


Smetana The Bartered Bride: Overture
Dvořák Violin Concerto
Bruckner Symphony No.4 Romantic

About this performance

The MSO welcomes extraordinary violinist Karen Gomyo and German-based Australian conductor Daniel Carter for this glorious program of Czech and German gems to satiate your musical soul.

  • Smetana’s exuberant overture to his 1866 comic opera The Bartered Bride weaves dance-like Czech folk tunes with rollicking strings and characterful woodwinds, hurtling toward a triumphant finale.
  • Dvořák wrote his Violin Concerto for the superstar virtuoso Joseph Joachim, who expressed his disapproval over elements of the composition, and then ultimately refused to perform it. But Joachim’s loss is Gomyo’s gain – the work’s lush, romantic Adagio, and its animated, folk-inspired dance forms have cemented its popularity with violinists and audiences alike.
  • In contrast to the fast-paced works above, Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony takes its time, in no rush to show its full character too soon. Instead, this broad work starts with solo horn against a backdrop of simmering strings, building throughout until the demure opening theme metamorphoses into a bursting, glorious finale.

Duration: approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes including interval

Listen to Dvořák's Violin Concerto

Enhance your experience

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

Thursday 5 September at 6.45pm
Saturday 7 September at 6.45pm

Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer

Friday 6 September at 6.45pm
Costa Hall

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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