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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Bartók and Beethoven

November 3, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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$20 – $105

A brilliant concert for newcomers and classical buffs alike, Benjamin Northey conducts this program featuring an evocative depiction of the Australian landscape, an energetic romp through the countryside with Beethoven, and the extraordinary talent of pianist Berta Brozgul. Join us to commemorate Ben’s 20th consecutive year of conducting the MSO at this celebratory performance!

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Kakadu takes its name from the National Park in the Northern Territory. In the composer’s words, the work “is concerned with my feelings about this place, its landscape, its change of seasons, its dry season and its wet, its cycle of life and death.”
  • Berta Brozgul takes on the solo role for Bartók’s lyrical Third Piano Concerto. Composed at the end of his life as a gift for his wife, Bartók infused the work with Hungarian folk rhythm and themes.
  • Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony – known as the Pastoral Symphony – is one of the few works by the composer with a ‘programmatic’ element, with the music representing depictions of nature such as bird calls and a thunderstorm. Ben Northey made his MSO debut conducting this work in 2003, making it the perfect piece to celebrate his long relationship with the Orchestra.
Thursday 02 November 2023:  7:30pm at Melbourne Town Hall
Free Organ Recital Arrive early to enjoy a recital performed by Calvin Bowman on the mighty Grand Organ, free for ticket holders.   2 November at 6.30pm
Friday 03 November 2023: 7:30pm at Robert Blackwood Hall Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

*Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, the originally scheduled soloist and program for these performances have changed.

TICKETS: Standard $35-$105; Concession $30-$100; Child$20


November 3, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$20 – $105
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49 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University, Clayton 3800
Melbourne, Victoria 3800 Australia
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