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Important Concert Update

Please note: the performance on Thursday 15 July at 8:30pm will proceed as scheduled.

However, due to the Victorian lockdown, the performance on Saturday 17 July is cancelled. We are in the process of notifying ticket holders; we thank you for your patience and understanding.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Lawrence Renes conductor


John Adams Harmonielehre

About this performance

John Adams’ colourful masterpiece Harmonielehre may not be a symphony by name, but it certainly is a symphony by nature. Comprised of three impressive movements, the work is a thrilling combination of romanticism, post-minimalism and symphonic orchestration.

  • John Adams is a Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winning composer: “One of the most significant and sophisticated commentaries on and embodiments of symphonic thinking of the late 20th century.” –The Guardian
  • Harmonielehre launches with a powerful pounding of 39 E-minor chords. This exciting and hugely cinematic work features four percussionists performing across: marimba, tubular bells, triangle, glockenspiel, xylophone, crotales, cymbals, tam tam, vibraphone, gong and chimes. “There is a breadth of colour and excitement to this brilliant piece of music.” –Robert Cossom, MSO Percussionist
  • Harmonielehre is rarely-performed – the MSO last performed it in 2010. This performance will be led from the podium by acclaimed Dutch-Maltese conductor Lawrence Renes, who has been a champion of John Adams’ music throughout his career.

Duration: Approx. 50 minutes with no interval

Listen to the first movement:

COVIDSafe information

Audience members are required to wear face masks at all times inside the Hamer Hall building and are recommended outside the venue, where 1.5 physical distancing cannot be maintained. Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 75% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons.

Important venue information:
* QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
* Arts Centre Melbourne is a cashless venue
* Hamer Hall foyer bars are closed
* No cloak room
* Box office representatives will be available to assist want any ticket enquiries

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