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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Schumann and Tchaikovsky

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Event Series Event Series (See All)
$20 – $142

Join the MSO and conductor Anja Bihlmaier in exploring the musical introspection of two of classical music’s most profoundly talented and intensely emotional composers.

Lord Byron’s poem Manfred follows a man tortured by guilt, who summons supernatural beings before dying from madness. The story presents devastating parallels to Schumann’s own mental health decline, and this Overture – written to accompany the poem – captures its emotional intensity with great beauty and striking intimacy.

Starting with a literal bang from the timpani and strings, Robert Schumann’s arresting, romantic concerto for piano and orchestra is impulsive – almost manic, even – in its creativity. Pianist Alexander Melnikov brings true star power and originality to this fantastic concerto.

Tchaikovsky considered his Sixth Symphony as ‘the best thing I ever composed or shall compose’. Full of nostalgic warmth, passion, and heart, the Sixth is a musical meditation on the joys of a life remembered, tempered by the inevitability of death. It ends, not in jubilant celebration as was the symphonic tradition at the time, but in a supremely effective fade out to silence.

Thursday 13 Jun7:30 PM
Saturday 15 Jun2:00 PM
Running Time
2 hours (including interval)

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Standard$75.00 – $139.00
Concession$70.00 – $134.00


Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Melbourne, Australia + Google Map
1300 182 183