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 Interestingly, this now ubiquitous work remained unpublished until after Mozart’s death, when it was sold to a publisher.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