Two contemporary masters. Together in Australia, for the first time.
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Lu Siqing violin – 2019 Soloist in Residence
Borodin Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 Pathétique
About the performance
Step into Hamer Hall and celebrate the start of 2019 as MSO Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis leads the Orchestra through three brilliant works. Our Season Opening Gala has become a must-see event on Melbourne’s cultural calendar, so join us as the stage explodes with orchestral passion.
Bruch’s Violin Concerto is the embodiment of classical music’s Romantic period, and is widely-regarded as the most popular violin concerto ever written. The Finale is breathtaking; it’s no wonder that when Chinese superstar and MSO Soloist in Residence Lu Siqing performed this work with Sir Andrew and the MSO five times during 2018’s China tour, that they received standing ovations after each performance.
When Sir Andrew last led the MSO through Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony on Australian soil, the reviews told the tale: “It’s hard to recall another interpretation to compare with (this) for power and emotional consistency” (The Age); “At times expansive and lyrical, at others highly energetic, the Orchestra gave one of its finest readings” (Classic Melbourne). The final symphony of the celebrated composer is a work of pure beauty. Take your seat as the Orchestra reunites with Sir Andrew to re-scale the heights, and plunge to the emotional depths, of this pathétique symphony.
Also on the program is Polovtsian Dances from Alexander Borodin’s unfinished Prince Igor opera. Sir Andrew and the Orchestra will be joined by the MSO Chorus for arguably the Russian composer’s most popular work. More than a simple opener, Polovtsian Dances will set the tone for an evening of classical masterpieces.
Join MSO Cybec Assistant Conductor, Tianyi Lu inside Hamer Hall from 6.15pm for a pre-concert discussion about this evening’s program.
One hour and fifty minutes, including a 20 minute interval.