MSO Plays La Mer


Stravinsky Scherzo fantastique
Debussy La Mer
Brahms Piano Concerto No.1

Otto Tausk conductor
Saleem Ashkar piano

Take a dive into the ocean with the MSO through Debussy’s shimmering La Mer. With its atmospheric soundscapes and impressionistic moods that ebb and flow throughout the work, the masterpiece is described as the ‘greatest portrayal of the sea in music’.

Also in tonight’s program is Stravinsky’s magical Scherzo fantastique, a feast of excitable strings and a flurry of woodwinds. Following 19th century Russian tastes for exoticism, it’s said to be inspired by a day in the life of a bee (although this idea was questioned by the composer at the time, who claimed it as a ‘sales pitch’!). Nonetheless, it bears the mark of a consummate craftsman, and is an undeniable early sign of Stravinsky’s future success.

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Saleem Ashkar joins the MSO to take on Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1, bringing a vibrant mix of youthful energy and sophisticated maturity in this fiercely uncompromising work. Written across five years, it has become one of the world’s best-loved piano concertos.

With Dutch conductor Otto Tausk directing from the podium, bringing with him an infectious energy and charisma, this is sure to be a night of pure wonder.

Saturday, 30 September
Pre-concert talk: Join composer, Andrew Aronowicz for a pre-concert conversation about tonight’s program inside Hamer Hall, from 6.45pm

Monday, 2 October
Post-concert talk: Join MSO Director of Artistic Planning Ronald Vermeulen for a post-concert conversation, inside the Stalls Foyer of Hamer Hall

Running time: 2 hours, including a 20-minute interval

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