Sophie Rowell Plays Sutherland



Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Sophie Rowell violin


Sibelius Finlandia*
Margaret Sutherland Violin Concerto
Ravel Mother Goose Suite

About the performance

MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell takes centre stage in this program celebrating one of the finest Australian works for violin of the 20th century.

  • A brilliant rediscovery
    Combining sweeping lyrical gestures with striking harmonies, Margaret Sutherland’s Violin Concerto is a work that’s both innovative and affable, but has been rarely seen since its premiere more than sixty years ago. The ‘rediscovery’ of this brilliant work composed by the ‘mother of modern Australian music’ is a great opportunity for the MSO to showcase the extraordinary talent of MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell.
  • MSO Concertmaster takes centre stage
    Through her career, MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell has become a favourite soloist, chamber musician and principal orchestral violinist on all the country’s major concert stages. She has travelled the world playing principal violin with the Scottish & Mahler Chamber Orchestras and the Vancouver, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
  • Enchanting and exquisite
    This program is bookended by two enchanting works: Sibelius’ majestic Finlandia and Ravel’s Mother Goose ballet suite – an exquisite orchestral depiction of the famous childrens’ tales.

To learn more about the fearless composer Margaret Sutherland click here

*On this program, Sibelius’ Finlandia replaces the previously-scheduled work Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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.

Important venue information:

  • 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.

Please note, audience members are still required to wear masks at all times inside the Hamer Hall building until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding.

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