An Evening with the MSO: Warrnambool

Thursday 18 October 2018 at 7:30pm

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool



Christopher Moore viola
Sophie Rowell violin


Brahms Serenade No.2
Grandage All the World’s a Stage – World Premiere
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola

About the performance

Classical meets contemporary when works by Mozart and Brahms are performed alongside Australian composer Iain Grandage’s exciting new work. Enjoy this intimate program curated and lead by Principal Violist Christopher Moore, and featuring MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell.

“Arguably Mozart’s best concerto, Sinfonia Concertante has a bit of a twist for his most-loved instrument, the viola,” says Chris. “It is one of my all-time favourite pieces and I’m really excited to perform it with my dear friend Sophie Rowell.”

One of Brahms’ earliest efforts writing for orchestra was his Serenade No.2, a work that has received much acclaim since its premiere in 1860. But, as Chris notes, the work is much more than a simple precursor to his First Symphony. “To say that the Serenade No.2 was simply Brahms warming up to write a symphony is mere folly. This rarely-performed masterpiece is quintessential Brahms.”

This concert will also, after three years apart, reunite Chris with a Maggini viola, on loan to the MSO by an anonymous benefactor and crafted in 1610 (150 years before Mozart was born!).

Join Chris, Sophie, and listen for the pure perfection of this incredible program featuring two of Australia’s foremost musicians.

Pre-concert talk:

Join us for a special pre-concert conversation with Assistant Conductor of the MSO, Tianyi Lu from 6.30pm.

Running Time

1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

An Evening with the MSO is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Erica Foundation Pty Ltd, The Robert Salzer Foundation, and the Freemasons Foundation Victoria.

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