Metropolis 2020: Håkan Hardenberger

Musician. Innovator. Communicator.


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Håkan Hardenberger director / trumpet
Betsy Jolas special guest / composer
Claire Edwardes percussion
Staff and students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University

About the program

Join the MSO at the new-look Metropolis, an innovative one-night-only event headlined by Swedish trumpet virtuoso and new music pioneer, Håkan Hardenberger.

All corners of Melbourne Recital Centre will come alive in a journey of sound. In this artist-led musical discovery exploring the relationship between creator and performer, Metropolis’s artistic director Hardenberger leads the MSO both playing and conducting across a four-part program celebrating a constellation of connections he has forged through his global musical journey.

The long-standing career and distinctive work of Franco-American composer Betsy Jolas will form the focus of the evening. Herself a musical maverick, Jolas along with Hardenberger will trace a line from the likes of Messiaen to the present day in this specially-curated program. In a very rare appearance, 93-year-old Jolas will step into the spotlight for a Q&A event with Hardenberger and Metropolis curator Matthew Hoy.

About the Prologue and Epilogue

Staff and students from Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music will join musicians of the MSO for the evening’s Prologue and Epilogue to perform chamber works by Jolas and other contemporary composers. The full program will cover a vast breadth of influences from Australian composers Lisa Illean and Brett Dean through to Canadian folk artist Joni Mitchell.

Purchase a seat to see the MSO in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and enjoy the Q&A session with Betsy Jolas, or expand your Metropolis evening to experience the intimate Prologue and Epilogue (limited capacity).

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Presented in association with Monash University.


6.30pm | Prologue (Primrose Potter Salon)
Featuring chamber works of Betsy Jolas alongside contemporary Australian and Swedish compositions.

7pm | Metropolis: Chapter 1 (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall)
Varese Integrales
Jolas Well Met Suite
Broström Dream Variations
Dean Dream Sequence

8.15pm | Q&A with Betsy Jolas

8.30pm | Metropolis: Chapter 2 (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall)
Ilean Januaries
Jolas Onze Lieder
Damström TUNDO!

9.45pm | Epilogue (Primrose Potter Salon)
Including works by Betsy Jolas, Joni Mitchell and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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