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Thursday 04 July 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall Mid-Year Sale

Friday 05 July 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall Mid-Year Sale

Saturday 06 July 2024

2:00pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
William Barton yidaki
Kathryn Radcliffe soprano
Andrew Goodwin tenor
Christopher Tonkin bass
MSO Chorus
Warren Trevelyan-Jones chorus director
Young Voices of Melbourne


R. Strauss Don Juan
Sculthorpe Earth Cry
Orff Carmina Burana

About this performance

Under Chief Conductor Jaime Martín, this year’s Winter Gala brings together a stellar ensemble of vocal soloists and the MSO Chorus for the thundering Carmina Burana. Queensland’s 2023 Australian of the Year – the extraordinary yidaki (didgeridoo) virtuoso William Barton – performs Peter Sculthorpe's evocative Earth Cry.

  • The steamy Spanish legend of Don Juan has seduced many an artist and composer since the renaissance. Rumour has it that the content of this orchestral tone poem – as disapproving letters to Strauss from his father would suggest – also draws on insight from the composer’s lived experience of scandalous behaviour.
  • Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe is known for his evocative musical exploration of remote Australian landscapes. Inspired by songlines of Ubirr in Kakadu National Park, this performance of Earth Cry features William Barton.
  • Orff’s epic Carmina Burana flips the traditional idea of a cantata. Usually a religious work for instrumental ensemble, choir, and soloists, instead the work uses medieval secular (and sometimes scandalous) poetry as its basis to explore the age-old vices of life, love, and fortune.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

Listen to Carmina Burana

Enhance your Experience

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

Thursday 4 July at 6.45pm
Friday 5 July at 6.45pm
Saturday 6 July at 1.15pm

Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer

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