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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor


Deborah Cheetham Nanyubak*
Brahms Symphony No. 2

About the performance

The young Johannes Brahms suffered from the great pressure of high expectation placed upon him by the European musical public as the “heir” of Beethoven, and his Second Symphony sought to pay homage to the brilliant composer. But in doing so, Brahms stepped out of the giant’s shadow and became one himself.

  • A powerful force
    Our past. Our future. Our knowledge and lore are all bound by the same powerful force. Nanyubak. In a new work, MSO 2020 Composer in Residence Deborah Cheetham AO reveals the source of her people’s resilience – their dreaming.
  • The footsteps of a giant
    Brahms imagined hearing “the footsteps of a giant” behind him – that giant being Beethoven – making him question his readiness and ability. His own harshest critic (he burned many more manuscripts than he published), Brahms did not feel ready to compose in the symphonic form until he was in his 40s. Just four months after his First Symphony’s hugely successful premiere in 1877, he would deliver his Second, a work displaying the composer’s hopeful, glorious and peaceful best.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval

Program and artists subject to change.

*On this program, Deborah Cheetham’s Nanyubak replaces the previously-scheduled work Testament by Brett Dean.

Please note: Hamer Hall information upon arrival

· Foyer bars will be closed until the vaccine is widely distributed
· No Food & Beverage, other than water will be permitted indoors
· Alcohol will initially only be served at outdoor bars and venues and other precinct restaurants
· No Cloak Room
· No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection
· Masks will be mandatory for Audience members at all times, regardless of restriction level
· Masks to be worn by performers at all times, however it is recognised and acknowledged that it will not always be possible for all performances and genre types to wear a mask during a performance

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