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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Han-Na Chang conductor
Jack Schiller bassoon


Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5

About this performance

Join Korean conductor Han-Na Chang as she conducts the MSO in this delightful program of musical treasures, including lively works by Mozart, and Tchaikovsky's striking Fifth Symphony.

  • Mozart’s lively and charming Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (or 'A Little Night Music') is one of classical music’s most widely recognisable tunes, referenced frequently in popular culture from Mr Bean to The Simpsons. Interestingly, this now ubiquitous work remained unpublished until after Mozart’s death, when it was sold to a publisher. It was not released until 1827 – four decades after its composition.
  • The Bassoon – the lowest member of the woodwind family – is one of the most characterful and versatile instruments of the orchestra. Its potential for expressivity – from virtuosic staccatos to gentle yearning lyricism – is fully explored in this concerto by Mozart, played here by MSO’s very own Principal Bassoon, the exceptional Jack Schiller.
  • Tchaikovsky suffered from extreme self-doubt throughout his career. This is explored quite explicitly in his Fifth Symphony, where the opening notes establish the role of ‘fate’ (much like another famous 'Fifth' Symphony by Beethoven). While the reoccurring theme throughout this work may reflect Tchaikovsky's own resignation to forces outside his control, this colourful Symphony is filled with glimmers of brightness, grace and triumph over adversity.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

Melbourne Town Hall Organ 1200X800

Free Organ Concert

Melbourne Town Hall
23 May at 6.30pm

Arrive early to enjoy a recital performed by Calvin Bowman on the mighty Grand Organ, free for ticket holders.

Tchaikovsky (arr. Alfred Silver) Scherzo from String Quartet Opus 11
Tchaikovsky (arr. Frederick Shinn) Chant sans paroles
Mozart Allegro und Andante (Fantasie) in F für eine Orgelwalze

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

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