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MSO: The Light


MSO: The Light

  • Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 8pm
  • Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC
  • Series: This event is part of the Metropolis New Music Festival 2015 series
  • Tickets: $44-$54 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Brawny punk energy and electrifying sonic images abound in Fuel, Julia Wolfe’s multi-media collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison, which explores the global implications of the fossil fuel economy.


Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto, a concert work based on the composer’s Academy Award-winning score to Ang Lee’s martial arts epic, provides an exquisite contrast with poignant themes unfurling over six movements, connected by a glorious cello cadenza.


The Light, Phillip Glass’ first full scoring for symphony orchestra, is a hypnotic, continually evolving reflection on the way great moments of clarity can metaphorically ‘illuminate’ intellectual and scientific endeavour. Its starting point: the famous 1887 Michelson-Morley Experiment, in which American physicists determined the velocity of the speed of light, setting the scene for Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

This concert will also include a new work by Alexander Garsden commissioned as part of the MSO’s Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program.

Featured non-Australian music: Wolfe, Tan Dun, Glass

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

 Faculties Intact (con tutta forza) by Alexander Garsden — World premiere

Featured artists

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