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Thursday 28 November 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Friday 29 November 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Saturday 30 November 2024

2:00pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Lauren Fagan soprano
Michaela Schuster alto
Stuart Skelton tenor
Sam Dale Johnson bass
MSO Chorus
Warren Trevelyan-Jones chorus director
Auslan Choir


James MacMillan Concerto for Orchestra*
Beethoven Symphony No.9 Choral

*Australian premiere of an MSO Co-commission

About this performance

Join us for the grand finale of our Beethoven Festival – featuring some of Australia’s best opera singers, the MSO Chorus, and a brand new MSO commission – under the baton of Chief Conductor Jaime Martín.

  • Known for his exceptional choral music, the title of Sir James MacMillan’s Concerto for Orchestra is something of an enigma, in that a concerto is conventionally written for a solo instrument and orchestra, rather than for orchestra and… orchestra. Join us in cracking the code of this newly commissioned work from one of the UK’s most sought-after composers.
  • After eight symphonies, Beethoven took his Ninth to a whole new level by composing the biggest symphony in existence – a beast of a work depicting the triumphant union of all mankind. Almost entirely deaf by this point, this landmark feat for choir and orchestra is best known for its epic finale ­­of Ode to Joy. A star-studded line-up of soloists join the MSO and MSO Chorus for this rousing performance of the great choral symphony.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

Listen to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

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