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Friday 14 July 2023

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Saturday 15 July 2023

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Gondwana Voices
Lyn Williams AM children's chorus director
MSO Chorus
Warren Trevelyan-Jones chorus director


Lili Boulanger Psalm 129
Brett Dean Vexations and Devotions
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

About this performance

Dreams and nightmares collide in this truly epic concert of escapist fantasy. Under the baton of Jaime Martín, the MSO is joined by the monumental forces of the MSO Chorus and 2023 Ensemble in Residence Gondwana Voices.

  • Daughter of a Russian princess, Lili Boulanger grew up in a claustrophobic world of expectation with music serving as her great escape. Psalm 129 begins with the text ‘they have oppressed me since my youth’ – a statement with great autobiographical resonances for this extraordinary composer.
  • Australian Brett Dean’s ‘social cantata’ Vexations and Devotions has been described as reflecting the ‘de-humanisation of contemporary life as exemplified by reality television, automated answering services and meaningless corporate jargon’ (The Australian). With text by Michael Leunig and Dorothy Porter, this performance of Dean’s playful and philosophical work features youth choir Gondwana Voices, who previously performed the piece with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie.
  • French composer Berlioz’s epic Symphonie Fantastique is a prime example of programmatic music – that is, music with a clear story that the music seeks to evoke. It follows the protagonist's melodious, energetically-heaving, and sometimes horrifying fever dream of love, death, and the supernatural.

Duration: approx. 2 hours and 10 minutes including interval

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Friday 14 July at 6.45pm
Saturday 15 July at 6.45pm

Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer

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