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Saturday 14 September 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Tan Dun conductor
Lu Siqing violin
MSO Chorus
Warren-Trevelyan-Jones chorus director


Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus: Overture
Tan Dun Hero Concerto for violin
Tan Dun Nine, Choral Concerto*
Beethoven Symphony No.9: Ode to Joy

*Australian premiere of an MSO Co-commission

About this performance

MSO Artistic Ambassadors Tan Dun and Lu Siqing join the Orchestra for a celebratory performance that seamlessly blends Eastern and Western musical traditions.

  • This concert opens with the Overture to Beethoven's only ballet. The energetic score represents Prometheus fleeing from heaven after stealing fire from the Gods.
  • Lu Suqing performs a stunning violin concerto by Tan Dun, based on the composer's score for the critically-acclaimed martial arts film Hero, in which the character Snow sacrifices her life for the love of her country.
  • Paired with the famous Ode to Joy from the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth, Tan Dun conducts the Australian premier of his choral concerto, Nine. This work is Dun’s response to Beethoven, co-commissioned by the MSO and the Philharmonic Society of London – the very group who commissioned Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony two hundred years ago.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes including interval

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