From the New World



Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Johannes Fritzsch conductor
Owen Morris trumpet


Joan Tower For the Uncommon Woman
Holly Harrison Hellbent for trumpet and orchestra (World premiere of an MSO Commission)
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 From the New World

About the performance

The MSO performs one of the most popular symphonies of all time, Antonin Dvořák’s From the New World – an orchestral celebration of the joy of discovery, alongside works by two female compositional voices in this heartening program conducted by Johannes Fritszch.

  • From Carnegie Hall to the moon
    Antonin Dvořák was living in New York City in the 1890s, both longing for his Czech homeland and delighting in uncovering musical styles that were new to him, namely African-American and Native American melodies. This coupling resulted in a symphony that captures Dvořák‘s intense emotions at the time, bittersweet and yet enormously hopeful. The 1893 premiere at Carnegie Hall was a huge success and it’s remained popular ever since. From the New World has even been heard in space, when Neil Armstrong took it on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
  • An uncommon fanfare
    American composer Joan Tower (b.1938) wrote six fanfares “For the Uncommon Woman” between 1987 and 2014, which are sometimes referred to as a response to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Here the MSO performs the fourth in the series, a bright, brassy and big-hearted work that was premiered by the Kansas Symphony Orchestra in 1992.
  • A trumpet showcase
    One of Australia’s leading young composers, Holly Harrison’s works have been performed across Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. MSO performs Hellbent for trumpet and orchestra, a world premiere work composed to showcase MSO Principal Trumpet Owen Morris. Harrison is also the 2020-21 Composer in Residence at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval

Program and artists subject to change

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 75% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. The MSO and Arts Centre Melbourne strongly recommends the wearing of masks where 1.5m distancing is difficult to achieve, however wearing a mask is no longer a requirement for entry.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show only
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage

The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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