Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Sophie Rowell violin
Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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: Mendelssohn’s vibrant overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ravel’s Mother Goose ballet suite – an exquisite orchestral depiction of the famous childrens’ tales.
Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval
Program and artists subject to change