Season Finale Gala

Markus Stenz | Maxim Vengerov


Markus Stenz, Maxim Vengerov and musicians of the MSO will also be performing this program at Robert Blackwood Hall on Friday 30 November!

About the performance

Join us for a spectacular finale to our season. Master-violinist Maxim Vengerov returns to Melbourne with his 1727 Stradivarius to perform the Australian premiere of a new Violin Concerto, written for him by the renowned Chinese composer Qigang Chen. To top it all off MSO’s former Chief Conductor Markus Stenz will conduct Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: the ballet that changed music and dance forever.

“Melbourne itself is quite extraordinary – so colourful and there’s this big element of culture which makes it so interesting. Music is my life partner. Because of music I became a more sensitive person that has allowed me to be more sensitive to other people. Music forces you to listen to yourself and to others. In life, when I work hard I am more sensitive to other people’s opinion and needs. Life becomes a richer experience.” Maxim Vengerov.

“What a wonderful season finale: Wagner’s music is epic, Stravinsky is an all-time favourite of the orchestra. It should be electrifying treat for the MSO audience. A brand new violin concerto by Chen should be ear opening for everyone particularly since it has been written for Maxim. And of course, to team up with Maxim is always a dream.” Markus Stenz


Markus Stenz conductor | Maxim Vengerov violin


Wagner Parsifal: Prelude and Transformation Music | Qigang Chen Violin Concerto La Joie de la souffrance MSO commission | Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Pre-concert talk:

Join us for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall from 6.15pm

Running time

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

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