Metropolis 2



Clark Rundell conductor
Jennifer Koh violin
Allison Bell soprano


Chin Rocaná – Australian premiere
Chin Puzzles and Games from Alice in Wonderland – Australian premiere
Ligeti Atmosphères
Chin Violin Concerto – Australian premiere

About the performance

For more than 20 years, the Metropolis New Music Festival has introduced Melbourne audiences to some of the best Australian and international contemporary music. Some of the world’s biggest names and rising stars of contemporary music have worked with the Metropolis Festival to rethink the ways in which ancient instruments can be used in creating innovative music for our time.

In 2018, we are thrilled to have South Korean composer, Unsuk Chin (winner of various music and art awards including the Wihuri Sibelius Prize in 2017, and Ho-Am Prize in the Arts in 2012) join the Festival.

Chin will reveal three Australian premieres; her masterful crafting of esoteric and ephemeral ambience will delight the audience, as will Ligeti’s terrifying Atmosphères. Composed in 1961, Atmosphères denies conventional music structure, instead layering seamless and sustained sound textures with varying intensity. Witness this ground-breaking piece delivered live by the musicians of your MSO.

Why it’s a must-see

‘Chin’s music is some of the most challenging and intricate that I’ve played, but the result is an exquisitely-woven sonic tapestry.’ Monica Curro, Assistant Principal, Second Violin.

Metropolis conductor, Clark Rundell, is a self-confessed ‘composer groupie’

Read more about Clark here!

Pre-concert talk

Join a pre-concert panel discussion with: South Korean composer Unsuk Chin; and conductor Clark Rundell, onstage at Robert Blackwood Hall from 6.15–6.45pm.

Running time

1 hour and 45 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

*Special student offer of $19 per ticket. Student ticket holders must hold valid Student ID upon ticket collection.

See the full Metropolis Festival program on Melbourne Recital Centre’s website.

Presented in association with Melbourne Recital Centre and Monash University, the MSO’s Metropolis New Music Festival Education Partner.

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