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Metropolis #1


Metropolis #1

  • Date: Thursday, 4 May 2017, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Series: This event is part of the Metropolis New Music Festival 2017 series
  • Tickets: Standard: $44 [Festival packages available] (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

Ancient instruments, reveal alternate musical dimensions in new works and world premieres.

For over 20 years, the Metropolis New Music Festival has introduced Melbourne audiences to some of the best Australian and international contemporary music and in 2017, the MSO is inviting some of the world’s biggest names and rising stars of contemporary music to rethink the ways in which ancient instruments can be used in creating innovative and intoxicating music for our time.

Featuring world premieres from Joseph Tawadros and the MSO 2017 Composer in Residence, Elena Kats-Chernin, this concert will highlight the fascinating musical opportunities to be found in instruments such as the oud (a North African stringed instrument similar to the lute), the harpsichord (a keyboard that was prominent in the Renaissance and Baroque eras) and the recorder. Experience the cutting-edge music of Melbourne’s very own Metropolis series, live from the Melbourne Recital Centre and join the MSO to experience tomorrow’s generation of big name music makers today.

The MSO is delighted to welcome Elena Kats-Chernin, one of Australia’s leading composers, as its 2017 Composer in Residence.


Prologue and Toccata from Orfeo

Joesph Tawadros
Oud Concerto (World premiere)


Pierre Boulez
Dialogue de l’Ombre double


Brett Dean

Elena Kats-Chernin
Harpsichord Concerto (World premiere)

Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Recital Centre.

Featured non-Australian music: Boulez

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Featured Australian Works

Carlo : music for strings and sampler (1997) by Brett Dean
— performed by Brett Kelly and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Orpheus: Prolog & Toccata : for tenor and orchestra (2016) by Elena Kats-Chernin — World premiere
— performed by Brett Kelly, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Robert MacFarlane

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