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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Umberto Clerici conductor & cello


Schumann Cello Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 Italian

About the performance

In a meeting of two of Australia’s most revered orchestral musicians, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello Umberto Clerici joins MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop for an evening of bittersweet Schumann and sparkling Mendelssohn.

  • A musical evolution
    Umberto Clerici’s musical evolution from soloist to conductor has been one of great artistic collaboration and success. Following Clerici’s conducting debut at the Sydney Opera House, this partnership alongside MSO’s own Dale Barltrop renews the spirit of cooperation and celebration of the country’s finest classical musicians.
  • Performing double duty
    In this program Clerici both performs and directs Schumann’s sentimental Cello Concerto. Requiring the sweet introspective playing that is infinitely linked to Schumann, this work also has a hint of playful virtuosity.
  • An inspirational trip to Italy
    Clerici then takes to the podium for Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, written after a trip to Italy in 1830, where the composer delighted in the art, landscape and energy of the people.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval.
Program and artists subject to change.

2021 Dale Barltrop Plays Schumann

Make a night of it!

Following each of these performances will be a second MSO concert, featuring none other than our very own Dale Barltrop performing the Schumann Violin Concerto.

Info and tickets

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 100% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. The MSO and Arts Centre Melbourne strongly recommends the wearing of masks where 1.5m distancing is difficult to achieve, however wearing a mask is no longer a requirement for entry.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show only
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage
The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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