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Thursday 27 July 2023

7:30pm at Melbourne Recital Centre

Friday 28 July 2023

7:30pm at Costa Hall - Geelong

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Moore viola / director


Stravinsky Concerto in D
Mary Finsterer Lumen – World premiere of an MSO Commission
Zelenka Sinfonia à 8 concertanti
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

About this performance

Join the MSO for this program of string-featured works connecting ancient and modern, led by MSO Principal Viola, Christopher Moore.

  • Written in Hollywood where Russian composer Stravinsky was being bombarded by new musical styles, Concerto in D features a dizzying array of special playing techniques in this neoclassical exploration of the possibilities of a string orchestra.
  • MSO Composer in Residence Mary Finsterer’s Lumen is ethereal and magical: a wondrous and vivid representation of light inspired by 11th century poetry.
  • Bohemian composer Zelenka’s Sinfonia for 8 instruments shows off the emotional versatility of the baroque era, as jaunty dance rhythms are set alongside sighing violins to pull at the heartstrings.
  • Routinely voted as one of the most beautiful pieces ever written, Vaughan Williams’s sublime, folk-inspired meditation on the music of composer Thomas Tallis is a lush and much-loved musical treat of sublime beauty.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes including interval

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