MSO Plays Kats-Chernin
- Date: Saturday, 11 February 2017, Gates open at 4:30pm, Concert starts at 7:30pm
- Venue: Sidney Myer Music Bowl — The Arts Centre, Kings Domain, Melbourne, VIC Tickets: This is a free event
The Sidney Myer Free Concerts are the perfect soundtrack to summer in the city at one of Melbourne’s most iconic outdoor venues. Admission is free and gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis.
A heady mix of sharp edged melodies and distinctive beats from Prokofiev, Kats-Chernin and Rachmaninov will echo across Melbourne’s CBD skyline, in the second concert of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Sidney Myer Free Concert series.
As a true enfant terrible, Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev was never shy of coming forward, with his ballet, Romeo and Juliet becoming an international showpiece, made famous by its violent and stormy depiction of the star-cross’d lovers’ tale. MSO Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey takes the Orchestra through excerpts of this epic work.
Inspired by ‘kitsch’ tourist souvenirs of Gustav Klimt’s famously golden artworks, MSO’s 2017 Composer in Residence, Elena Kats-Chernin ‘unleashes the full power of her magic-realist vision’ (Canberra Times) in Golden Kitsch. Originally commissioned by Sydney Youth Orchestra in 2009 for the ‘sorceress of percussion’, the award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes returns for another rendition, before the Orchestra takes flight in Symphonic Dances, demonstrating modernist rhythmic elements and big tunes in Rachmaninov’s final three-movement compositional effort.
The MSO is delighted to welcome Elena Kats-Chernin, one of Australia’s leading composers, as its 2017 Composer in Residence.
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet: excerpts
Kats-Chernin Golden Kitsch
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval
Featured non-Australian music: Prokofiev, Rachmaninov
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9929 9600
Featured Australian Works
|Golden kitsch (full orchestra with percussion soloist) by Elena Kats-Chernin|
— performed by Claire Edwardes, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Benjamin Northey
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