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Watch 30 July at 7.30pm


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello


Anne Boyd At the Rising of the Sun
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.2
Dvořák Symphony No.9 From the New World

About this performance

Proudly presented by MSO Premier Partner Ryman Healthcare

Rising star Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the first cellist in history to reach the top 10 of the UK album charts, joins the MSO for Shostakovich’s dark and stormy Second Cello Concerto.

  • Anne Boyd is an eminent composer and academic whose research focuses on the influence of Asian music and culture on Australian composers. At the Rising of the Sun features bright sonorities and delicately layered textures of wind instruments.
  • Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto debuted at a gala concert celebrating the composer’s sixtieth birthday. Written for long-time friend and collaborator Mstislav Rostropovich, the piece is an atmospheric and moody departure from his first cello concerto. Shostakovich reflected that it could be dubbed his “Fourteenth Symphony with a solo cello part.”
  • Dvořák wrote his Ninth Symphony as a fresh arrival in New York, having just started as Director of the newly-formed National Conservatory of Music. Inspired by the soul of African American spirituals, Dvořák aimed to embody its character in orchestral form.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

Sheku Kanneh-Mason & the Kanneh-Mason Family

Presented by Andrew McKinnon Presentations

Saturday 20 August at 2pm

The Kanneh-Mason family – described by Simon Cowell as the world’s most talented family – present a special program of works by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Tchaikovsky, and more.

(Please note: this performance does not feature the MSO.)

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Maestro Jaime Martín’s position as MSO Chief Conductor is supported by Dr Marc Besen AC and the late Dr Eva Besen AO.

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The MSO Gala series is proudly presented by MSO Premier Partner, Ryman Healthcare.

COVIDSafe Information

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  • Stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
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