Season Finale



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.


Markus Stenz conductor | Maxim Vengerov violin


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

Pre-concert talk:

Join us for a pre-concert conversation inside the Robert Blackwood Hall foyer at 6.15pm.

Running Time:

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

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