New World Symphony



Xian Zhang conductor
Tianyi Lu conductor – Cybec Assistant Conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor piano


Mills Island Signal Island Song – World Premiere
Schumann Piano Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No.9 From the New World

Beijing-born maestro Xian Zhang returns to the MSO with two romantic masterpieces. Schumann’s only piano concerto explores the extremes of his personality as soloist and orchestra intertwine like the love affair between Schumann and Clara Wieck, the concerto’s dedicatee.

Dvořák’s nostalgic New World symphony, with its soulful lament, ends in a blaze of chords with lingering echoes of darker memories.

The MSO performs the world premiere of a new indigenous-inspired commission for horns and orchestra from renowned Australian composer, Richard Mills.

Pre-concert talk
Join Assistant Principal 2nd Violin of the MSO, Monica Curro for a pre-concert conversation on-stage at Hamer Hall from 6.15pm.
Friday, 21 September
Saturday, 22 September

Post-concert talk
Join composer and Limelight Magazine contributor, Andrew Aronowicz for a post-concert conversation inside the Stalls Foyer of Hamer Hall from 8.30pm.
Monday, 24 September

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

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