Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Nicolas Fleury horn
Rachel Shaw horn


May Lyon New work for two horns and orchestra (World premiere of an MSO Commission)
Barber Adagio
Rautavaara Angel of Light

About the performance

Let the lush strings of Samuel Barber and Finnish composer Rautavaara sweep you up in a program inspired by dreams and hope for the future. Also included is a world premiere showcasing the superb talent of two of MSO’s own musicians.

  • Childhood dreams and revelations
    A name you might not be familiar with, Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928 – 2016) is widely recognised as the most popular Finnish composer since Jean Sibelius. Rautavaara composed prolifically in almost every form and style of classical music, using lush soundscapes in a careful balance between originality and a more traditional Romantic style. His Seventh Symphony explores the Finnish tradition of mysticism in music. Moody with swirling strings and burnished brass, Angel of Light – inspired by childhood dreams and revelations – premiered in 1994.
  • From Puff Daddy to Platoon
    Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings has become one of the most well-known and loved pieces of American classical music of the past century. In a mere eight minutes, Barber creates the intensely moving effect of lingering hope – fluctuating harmonies creating a tension that never quite resolves. It’s been sampled on tracks by contemporary musicians Sean Coombs, (aka Puff Daddy), Madonna, DJ Tiesto and heard in films like The Elephant Man and Platoon.
  • A world premiere performance
    Be the among the first to hear a brand-new work for two horns and orchestra by Melbourne-based composer May Lyon, featuring the MSO’s own Nicolas Fleury and Rachel Shaw.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval

Program and artists subject to change

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